Costume Design

Captain America Winter Soldier Helmet

When a superhero film is announced, no matter the hero up for the task, the most important component that audiences first look at is the costume that has been designed for that character. It’s the link between the hero and the comic book, a sign that the filmmakers have been paying attention to their source material and fully understand the history and evolution of the character. When a character like, say, Captain America, makes the leap from the small pages to the big screen, the people in charge of adapting years of comics into big budget cinema have an important job on their hands – they’ve got to make the man look the part. A key difference between adapting a novel and a comic to film is that loyal comic readers already have a distinct, concrete visual of their favorite heroes in their heads. It’s been laid out in front of them for decades by illustrators, in volumes upon volumes of adventures and escapades wearing a particular uniform. In short, fans know what their Captain is supposed to look like, and they’re going to get mildly upset (or bitterly outraged) if their expectations are not met when he shows up on screen. When “Captain America Comics #1″ debuted in 1941, Steve Rogers and his star spangled getup were an instant hit among war-weary Americans looking for a patriotic mascot to lift their spirits during a particularly dreary decade. They certainly found it in a super soldier designed in a lab […]

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Boiling Point

The 84th Academy Awards have come and gone: let the bitching begin! As someone who is more of a genre fan than anything, I’ve never really cared too much about the Oscars, but that sure as hell doesn’t prevent me from complaining about them. Granted, over the years, some great films have won. I’m a big fan of Unforgiven and I dug Shakespeare In Love. I just think far too many good films are ignored in favor of “Oscar movies.” I can’t say that I was particularly impressed with any of the films nominated this year, but there were a few categories were I feel like the little golden man statue when to the wrong film. Luckily, the internet exists and I can complain about it!

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