Welcome back from the weekend, everyone. We’ve got some quick superhero bits and pieces to kick off your week.
Captain America: The First Avenger star Chris Evans revealed in an interview that his character would be getting a new costume for the upcoming The Avengers film, due out 2012. This isn’t a huge surprise, seeing as this summer’s Captain America film takes place in the World War II era and next summer’s The Avengers takes place in the modern day — some updates were probably inevitable. But Evans’ talking about the new costume might indicate that the Avengers costume is significantly different from the familiar red, white and blue one we’ve already seen from The First Avenger. Evans didn’t reveal much else about what the new costume would actually look like, though he did say it was “awesome,” “really cool,” and “pretty rad.” [MTV via Movieline]
Hit the jump for tidbits on X-Men: First Class and Amazing Spider-Man.
In an interview with SFX Magazine, X-Men: First Class producer Lauren Shuler Donner explained that for the upcoming film, the filmmakers had to “reinvent,” not just reboot, the franchise. Says Shuler Donner:
X-Men: First Class is very, very different to its predecessors. It’s got a different style, a different tone. I believe you have to not just reboot but reinvent. So how do you do it? You make its world unique. You use its strengths. Make it of its world. Nolan’s The Dark Knight is vastly different to Favreau’s Iron Man. They’re very different movies, and that’s how you distinguish them. You stay true to your world.
We already knew that First Class would be, as Peter put it, “a Casino Royale-style prequel/reboot” of the series, and Shuler Donner’s comments seem to suggest that First Class is leaning more heavily on the “reboot” side. Either way, I love the idea of an X-Men universe as unique and rich as the one Nolan created for The Dark Knight. [Comic Book Movie]
Finally, Amazing Spider-Man cinematographer John Schwartzman posted on a RED User forum about shooting the upcoming film:
Here in Mahattan for the last 2 weeks of the Amazing Spiderman, since we first started 7 months ago with our beta-tattoo bodies a lot in the world has changed. I speak to many DP’s getting ready to use the Epic, most are shooting 3D and using either 3ality or ET rigs. The 3ality rigs have worked really well for us, they have been quick and reliable by 3D standards and after the 2nd week we all fell into a routine which allows us to do 25 set ups a day.
2 weeks ago I color corrected a 8 minute sizzle reel at colorworks cut together by the editors, it had a little bit of everything in it and Brook and I finished out to a 4K 2D DCP, that was turned over to Rob Engel our head stereographer to be made into a 2k 3D DCP. The 4k Epic images are absolutely the highest resolution images I have ever seen, Steve Bowen the colorist, who has lots of digital experience was speechless, the images are gorgeous, dark with no noise, and full of detail. The color tracked really well to the 3D and it looks really great in 3D, I just wish 3D projection would catch up with acquisition. The 2d 4k has 4 times the resolution of the 3d image, when I have done film scans I think the difference between 2k and 4 k scans is there but it is subtle, when originating an image at 4.5k and viewing it at 4k there is nothing subtle about it, sort of like the paint job on Jared’s Porsche, it gets your attention.
My RED experience on the Amazing Spiderman has been great and I am looking forward to using this camera to shoot some commercials this summer in 2D. 10 more days to go on first unit and then Collister shoots kanother 2 weeks of 3D plates and we are done.
As we’ve previously reported, Amazing Spider-Man will be one of the first major theatrical releases shot with RED’s new Epic cameras. Last we checked, Schwartzman was waxing rhapsodic about how much he loved working with them. (“[T]his camera blows our mutual minds” is a direct quote.) From the sounds of it, nothing’s changed. It’ll be exciting to see how the images actually look when the film opens next summer. [RED User]