In the world of superhero adaptations, costumes matter. Remember that first image of Chris Hemsworth as Thor and how much time was spent mulling over every little detail presented in a shot of half of his torso? Comic book fans are serious about costumes. And so they should be. When it comes to the business of saving the world, the clothes really do make the man. Such is the case with Captain America, a film that will begin shooting shortly.
Mike Sampson over at JoBlo got an early look at the costumes Chris Evans will be wearing when he takes on the role of The First Avenger. In his description, he mentions that Steve Rogers will wear two different suits. He will “have a costume designed by the Army for his initial USO appearances that’s slightly more flashy and a nod to the original design. As he gets called into active duty though, Steve Rogers (who hated the original suit design), creates a new costume that’s more battle-ready.”
In Sampson’s report, he details the second of the two based on a look he got at an approved costume test. He explains that the “trademark wings that flank the side of Cap’s hood are gone. In fact the “hood” is gone entirely. In its place is a more traditional M1 Army helmet though this helmet does come over the eyes to give Cap a traditional “domino mask” look. Still present is the white “A” in the middle of the hat (nothing fancy, this is the traditional font), though like the rest of the costume, the blue of the helmet is much more muted than the blue in the comic costume.”
He then goes on to note that the white star in the middle of Captain America’s chest is still there, along with the split torso of blue on top and red and white stripes on the bottom. But it all sounds muted. For lack of a better descriptor, real-world. Below the belt, Cap is all business with standard issue blue pants tucked into brown utility boots. The costumes material, as described by Sampson, has a leathery texture as opposed to some of the scaly, spandexy looks that other Marvel heroes have embraced in the past (see Spider-Man). For the most part, it sounds like Captain America’s look will be rooted in the period from which he comes — World War II. And his outfit will be more practical than flashy, something that fans will likely appreciate.
And what about the shield? Says Sampson, “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.” Sounds about right, if you ask me.