Following a panel at San Francisco's 2010 Wondercon, cast can crew members of The Losers, including director Sylvain White and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans, spoke directly to reporters about their upcoming film. Additionally, Chris Evans offered a few insights about what drew him to Captain America, the iconic comic book character he's set to play on film for director Joe Johnston (The Wolfman).
Whether he was playing coy or just unprepared to discuss the recent casting decision, Evans offered terse details about wearing Cap's red-white-and-blue suit. "I don't know, I really don't know," Evans stammered. "I think Marvel is doing a lot of good things right now, and it's a fun character. Even if it wasn't a comic book, I think just the story of Steve Rogers is great; he's a great guy. Even if it was just a script about anybody, I would probably want to do it. So it wasn't necessarily about the comic itself."
Evans previously played the Human Torch in both Fantastic Four films. Saldana, his costar in The Losers, made a suggestion what she thought really drew him to the comic adaptation. "It was about the tights" she said. Evans responded, "any time I can get in blue tights, I'll do it. It's just he's a great character, a great character to play. It just so happens to be a comic book, and that's really where I'm coming from."
Meanwhile, Evans made some additional observations about why he thinks that adapting comic books makes for not only great commercial, but creative returns for filmmakers these days. "I'm not a big comic book reader," he admitted. "I don't really have a history and a love for comic books. I didn't grow up reading them. But they're fantastic for films. You have all of these different creative people coming together trying to make something, and the director is the quarterback who's trying to bridge the gap [between] all of these different artists together with words. And a lot of times the message can be lost in translation, not all of the time, but the beautiful thing about comic books or even movies based on novels [is] you have like a blueprint."
"You have a tangible thing to say, listen, this is the world we're going for, and especially for comic books, you have a color palette," Evans continued. "You have a visual home base to kind of rook yourself in, so as an actor, it's nice knowing that at least the people behind the visual elements of the film have this kind of blueprint to work off of, and as an actor you have something to go off of too. So it's a treat – it's always nice working off of a comic book because you know what you're getting into beforehand."
The Losers is being released nationwide by Warner Brothers on April 23, 2010.