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A few days ago, Mike Sampson over at JoBlo posted a detailed description of Captain America’s costume developed for Chris Evans:

The fabric of the costume doesn’t look like the scaled material of SPIDER-MAN but more of a leather fabric, like something you’d see on one of the X-MEN. Cap wears an old school utility belt, the likes of which we haven’t seen much in modern superhero movies. Utility belts were a staple of comic superheroes but haven’t made the transition but here Cap sports a rather thick belt made up of brown pockets with a silver buckle. (It actually looks something like the belt on this Captain America toy. [snip]
The suit actually has a practical WWII military look to it with some of the obvious Captain America flourishes that we would expect. It’s hard to really pass judgment on a costume until you see it properly lit, in motion and doing what it’s meant to do. But based on what I saw, I’m pretty impressed with how they were able to adapt the costume for the film.

As for the shield, it actually hews very closely to the classic design of red/white/red rings with the white star in a blue circle at the middle.

And yesterday, AICN posted artwork of a completely different source, which Mike from JoBlo has confirmed to be the art he was describing in his original piece.

And now, without further ado, I give you: Captain America – The First Avenger:

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Hugo Weaving as Red SkullHugo Weaving has been confirmed as Captain America’s arch nemesis, The Red Skull!

YES! The cool quotient on this film just went up significantly.

Hopefully that Tommy Lee Jones rumor will also turn out to be true.

Production begins this summer in London. Captain America: The First Avenger is slated to open July 22, 2011.

Via: Entertainment Weekly

Interesting Casting Rumor

Tommy Lee Jones to join Captain America?This sounds intriguing. UGO is reporting that Tommy Lee Jones is close to joining the cast of Captain America.


Not sure how reliable that is, considering Jones has signed on to reprise his role as Agent Kay in Men in Black III: Did We Really Need This Movie?

Frankly, I would much rather see him in the Captain America movie despite my reservations. He would certainly bring a lot of cred to the production and I would love to see him going head to (shiny, red) head with Hugo Weaving. That could potentially be a lot of fun.

The question is (after you ask yourself if this could be a lot of bull) what role should he play? Potential characters include: Dr. Abraham Erskine the man who invented the Super Soldier Serum, some as yet unnamed head of the Super Soldier Program (Operation Rebirth), or could he be Bucky Barnes, 60 years later if they don’t kill him off?

T’will be interesting. I’ll keep you updated.

Avengers AssembleGot a lot on the go today, but I wanted to share an article I found from the Wall Street Journal about why Joss Whedon is the best man to assemble the Avengers movie.

It comes down to this:

“…there is a central truth about superhero films, that Whedon obviously gets. It’s not about banter or bigger explosions or CGI or moral clarity. Superheroes aren’t better or purer than other people, they are interesting because they’re f—ed up. Maybe it’s your body or your mind or your family situation- it’s probably all three. You get to a certain moment and your body starts doing amazing, terrifying things. To the point where your can fly or turn invisible or are unreasonably good at violent behavior. You’re not exactly normal; but it’s not exactly a normal world is it?”

Hopefully the suits at Disney/Marvel are listening and will get off their fanny’s and make it official soon!

Joss Whedon to direct The AvengersYou read it here, well, probably not first exactly, but it looks like Joss Whedon *will* be directing the upcoming Avengers movie!

According to both Entertainment Weekly and Deadline New York, Whedon is in final negotiations with Marvel to direct the multi-hero adaptation that’s due out in May 2012. This means that he will not be directing the Runaways as had been previously reported, that role has been given to Pete Sollett. The movie will bring together Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Helmsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury as well as introducing some of Marvel’s second tier heroes for the first time.

I am so happy for Joss and excited for all of us.  I think Whedon is a great choice for this movie, he’s great at directing ensemble pieces, he’s a master at balancing humour and drama and no one writes better snappy dialogue than he does. He’s also great at coaxing strong performances out of weaker actors.

I cannot wait to see who else will be joining the cast and in what capacity.

Say it with me now, you know you want to:

SQUEEUpdate: Variety is now on board as well. They are also saying that Edward Norton might be returning as The Hulk as well.  *Snoopy Dance*

Captain AmericaAs most of you know, I’ve been following the developments surrounding the casting of Captain America pretty closely and was unimpressed with Joe Johnson’s choice of a leading man, Chris Evans. It’s not that I think Evans isn’t a talented actor, quite frankly I think the jury is still out on that one, it’s that I really don’t think he embodies the character of Steve Rogers/Captain America.

But what do I know? I’m not a director or producer.  I’m an armchair critic at best, and don’t know jack about casting. These people do, and it’s entirely possible that the professionals saw something that I wouldn’t even be aware of. So, I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

All that being said, I do expect Evans to actually know something about the character he’s going to play as well as the expectations that fans will have of that performance.

Well, it seems he doesn’t.  During Wondercon, he spoke at a news conference promoting his new movie, The Losers and was asked about his upcoming role as Steve Rogers:

“I’m not a big comic-book reader . You know what I mean? I don’t really have a history and a love for comics. I didn’t grow up reading them. But they’re fantastic for films.”

Alright, not a big deal, I’m sure he’s doing a lot of research into the role:

“… it’s a fun character. Even if it wasn’t a comic book. I think the story of Steve Rogers is great. He’s a great guy. Even if it was just a script about anybody, I would probably want to do it.”

Oookay? He’s a great guy? He’s a fun character? Is that all Evans can think to say? No mention of sacrifice, integrity, courage or anything else? How much reading did Evans do exactly to come up with such a mind-boggling, expansive observation? That really convinces me that we’ll get an innovative interpretation of the character.


What’s even more discouraging is Evan’s answer to Why Captain America?

“I don’t know. I don’t know. It’s just, … it was, … I don’t know.”

A little later, after his discourse on what a great guy Steve Rogers was, he tried again:

“Anytime I can get in blue tights. … He’s a great character. He’s a great character to play. He just happens to be a comic-book character.”

Chris Evans needs to get a clue.Alright, THAT’S IT!.

Dude, you are playing one of the most revered characters in modern literature (and yes, I consider comic books literature, get over it). This character has been around for more than 50 years. He’s survived war, assassination attempts, planetary destruction, being encased in an iceberg for crimeney’s sakes AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHY YOU’RE PLAYING HIM? YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT MAKES HIM COMPELLING? YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IS MOTIVATING YOU TO TAKE ON THE CHARACTER?

Oh, wait a minute, I guess being signed for a 9 movie deal worth millions of dollars would be a great motivating factor. Dollar signs usually are.

I don’t know what the rest of geek-dom thinks about all this, but I’m no longer feeling as optimistic about Captain America or The Avengers movies as a result. Geeks and fanboys/fangirls are a passionate bunch. We don’t necessarily expect the same passion for our favorite characters from the actors portraying them, we do expect them to understand and respect the character. I just don’t get the sense from Evans that he even has that.

If I were Joe Johnson, I would not be happy with my leading man right now.

Here’s hoping that Evans gets a clue, does his job properly, and gets a feel for who Steve Rogers is and what he represents.  Baring that, maybe something non-fatal will happen and he has to pull out. That way the fans and Captain America can get an actor who will do the role and the movie justice.

Via SciFi Wire

Emily Blunt won't be Peggy Carter, but might be Catwoman?Remember when they were casting for Iron Man’s Black Widow, Emily Blunt was originally offered the role, but she turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with Gulliver’s Travels. At the time, the word was that Marvel would then offer her the female lead in an upcoming project. Well, it looks like the rumour is true, because the studio offered her the role of Peggy Carter, Captain America’s WWII sweetheart.

She turned them down.

The scuttlebutt is that Blunt has her eyes on the role of Catwoman in the third of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and won’t take on Captain America to avoid scheduling conflicts. There is also some thought that Marvel does not like to have its people playing in DC’s sandbox and she doesn’t want to jeopardize her chances by pitting the studios against each other. I’m not sure about the accuracy of that rumour considering Ryan Reynolds’ role as Deadpool in Xmen’s Wolverine and the upcoming spinoff hasn’t prevented him from filming Green Lantern (DC).

At any rate, this is still very much conjecture at this time.  You can get the complete details over at Batman on Film.

Sebastian Stan as BuckyRemember a few weeks ago, when I was bemoaning the slow pace Joe Johnston was taking in casting Captain America, I evaluated the list of potential Steve Rogers.  One of those candidates was Chance Bass, and while I didn’t think he could cut it, I did suggest he get the role of Bucky, Cap’s WWII sidekick.

Well, it seems I wasn’t far off, because another Gossip Girl alum has just been offered the role.  According to EW, Sebastian Stan, who plays Carter on the show, has been offered the role and has reportedly signed a 5 or 6 movie deal (a lot, until you consider Chris Evans contract involves something like 8 movies in total) with Marvel.

I don’t know about this. I’m still not sold on Chris Evans as Captain America, and frankly, Stan looks to be about the same age as Evans.  In the comics, I always got the impression Bucky was the plucky teenage sidedkick to Cap’s more experience adult hero.  But I have to admit, Hugo Weaving brings a lot of cred to any project so I’m not willing to give up on this yet.  I will remain optimistic.

It’s official….

Chris Evans IS Captain AmericaIt’s official.  The role of Steve Rogers, aka Captain America has been offered to Chris Evans, formerly of The Fantastic Four movie franchise.

According to both Entertainment Weekly and MSNBC, Evans was offered the role this afternoon, even before director Joe Johnson auditioned the final two candidates. If Evans accepts the role, he will sign on for a three movie deal. The news however has yet to be confirmed by either Marvel or Paramount.

So, there you have it.  Not an absolutely horrible choice, but still not the one I would have made.  I would have loved to see a fresh face in the Marvel universe and I have my doubts Evans will be able to go toe to toe with Downey, but we’ll see.  I’m willing to give him and Captain America the chance.

Besides, with Hugo Weaving in the movie, how bad can it be? Yeah, famous last words.


Lots of interesting stuff going on with this over the last few days.

Ryan Phillippe or Channing Tatum as Captain America

There still hasn’t been any announcements concerning the casting Steve Rogers/ Captain America and I’m still feeling really frustrated by the entire situation, but according to Entertainment Weekly there are some new contenders in the mix:

Today’s rumor mill throws G.I. Joe’s Channing Tatum into a mix of 20-something-year-olds that include the known, Ryan Phillippe, Fantastic Four’s Chris Evans; the semi-known, [snip] Cloverfield’s Mike Vogel, Gossip Girl’s Sebastian Stan; and the unknown, Young and the Restless’s Wilson Bethel.

I think looking at Ryan Philippe or Channing Tatum is moving things in the right direction.  I still don’t think either actor looks old enough to play Cap, but they don’t look like they should be worrying about what to wear to the prom either.  Of the two, I think Philippe is the better actor, but he’s only 5’9.  Steve Rogers is 6’2 according to Marvel.com.  I know they can make him look taller, but wouldn’t it be easier just to hire an actor who is already that tall?  You know, (shameless plug) Alexander Skarsgard is 6’4.

As for Chris Evans, he was the best part of the Fantastic Four, so why not keep him for a spot in the Avengers movie instead?

Sebastian Stan / Wilson BethelSebastian Stan and Wilson Bethel are unknowns to me.  I don’t watch Gossip Girl or Young and the Restless so I don’t know anything about their abilities to play the role. I do think Stan looks a bit skeezy to play All-American Steve Rogers and Wilson needs to get some serious sleep.  Neither one of them do it for me.  Besides, as I’ve said in a previous post, and echoed in the EW piece, do you really want to cast an unknown to go toe to toe with some of the best actors in the business for not one, but two movie franchise?

I think that’s a lot of pressure to put on an inexperienced actor, especially when you consider the next piece of casting news.

It seems l like Joe Johnson has chosen the actor to play the villain of the piece – Red Skull will be played by…

(drum roll please)

Hugo Weaving as Red SkullHUGO WEAVING!

Well, at least according to The Hollywood Reporter, Weaving is in talks to play the role.

This makes me *very* happy.  Weaving will have a tough job to sell this character through what is sure to be either through tons of latex and makeup or digitally, both of which we know he’s perfectly capable of doing after seeing V for Vendetta.

He also knows how to play a character who is completely maniacal, over the top, charismatic evil without ever sinking into parody.

Besides, you have to admit there’ s a certain cranial similarity as well. He is going to do a fantastic job.

Sources: Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter