The Jakarta Post
Poster of Joko Anwar's 'Gundala'. (Gundala/File)
Indonesian superhero movie Gundala is set to hit cinemas on Aug. 29.
Directed and written by Joko Anwar, the film released its first poster on Tuesday.
Compared to the teaser launched in April, the poster shows a clearer version of the superhero. Joko revealed that the costume was created in Los Angeles, the United States.
“We made it at the same company [that created costumes for] for Watchmen and Daredevil,” Joko told kompas.com. “The costume is simple and relatable for everyone. We designed it to be practical.”
Abimana Aryasatya, who stars as Gundala, flew to Los Angeles to get measurements for the superhero suit and the process was done digitally. “It’s a new experience for me. Everything was done professionally with international standards,” Abimana said in an official statement.
Additionally, the poster portrays other characters, including Ario Bayu, Rio Dewanto, Marissa Anita and Cecep Arif Rahman. Cecep, who played in John Wick: Chapter 3, is involved in the film in multiple ways, playing an antagonist on screen while assuming the role of choreographer behind the scenes.
Joko said filming was conducted in three different places, namely Jakarta, Banten City in Cilegon and the West Java regency of Purwakarta. “The film took around two years to produce and it has one of the most difficult parts that I’ve ever written,” said Joko. He added that he spent around four months to create the script, mostly writing in museums and cemeteries. He also said that Gundala had entered its preview screening phase.
Gundala is based on Indonesian superhero comic books by Harya “Hasmi” Suraminata. Joko decided to honor the source material. “Gundala’s character stays true to Hasmi’s work, but his sensibility has to be aligned with the current situation. It’s more grounded and based in reality,” Joko said. (wir/wng)
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