The tone of a movie is of great importance to a movie, as it is one that can lend levity to a comedy, or showcase the fear of a horror movie. Tone allows the viewers to be transported into that world, which is especially important in a movie based on a comic book – such as Captain America: First Avenger.
In an interview with MTV, Captain America himself Chris Evans, and Hugo Weaving (who plays his nemesis, the villainous Red Skull) discuss how important the look and tone of the movie are.
Evans says that comic books movies require a very special group of people to pull off such an complex, and often fantastic, world and universe.
The nature of comic book movies in general — I mean, with Wolverine, you’ve got swords coming out of a guy’s knuckles — it’s all a bit fantastical. It’s about finding a good script, a good director and finding a way to ground it in reality. Even if it is a bit dream-like, as long as you stay consistent, if you can get the audience to commit in the beginning and go for the ride, I think they’ll jump on board and not try to burn holes in our consistency.
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,’ 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.
The full video can be seen below. Be sure to check out the main MTV page here to see the complete interview with Evans and Weaving.