Captain America Joins the Light Side or Dark Side?
Since The Dark Knight came out and rocked critics, fans and the box office, everyone's been tossing around the word "dark" as if it meant success in the comic book or super hero genre. What so many misunderstood, is that these movies need to stay true to the important characteristics and style of the characters and their respective stories, while keeping that sense of realism within the confines of their own universe. As examples, Iron Man wasn't "dark" and Superman doesn't need to be either.
So, where does Captain America sit in this respect?
"As far as the look of it's concerned, I definitely did ask [director Joe Johnston], 'What kind of gloss are we going for? Is this going to have that Spider-Man, Fantastic Four shine?' And he said it's not going to be that glossy or that colorful, but it's not going to be something as dark as something like 'Batman,'" he said. "I think it'll be a nice happy medium. I think the world of 'Iron Man' was done really well. It stayed grounded in reality but still stayed true to the fact that it's a comic book movie, so it does have to have some life to it."
We certainly don't need any more of that Fantastic Four shine and I believe Evans is giving the right answer. From the brief glimpse of the film, from a scene featuring Hugo Weaving played for us at Comic-Con, I think they hit the right tone.
Chris Evans stars alongside Neal McDonough's Dum Dum Dugan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes. Captain America is of course, directed by Joe Johnston and has been in production for four weeks.
The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.