Getting the costume right is very important in a superhero movie. For example, we would never have believed that Christian Bale was Batman unless he looked the part. For the upcoming 'Captain America: The First Avenger,' due in theaters on July 22, 2011, the costume has already sparked wide discussion. Our own Erik Davis pointed out the differences from the traditional outfit; readers responded, mostly in the affirmative. But what about the man who wears the costume?

New images of Chris Evans may deflect attention away from the contentious issue of whether he's the right man for the iconic role. The images, scanned by Coming Soon from the November 5 issue of Entertainment Weekly, show Evans as Steve Rogers, obviously after he took the experimental serum that transformed him from a 98-pound weakling into the first super-powered soldier during World War II. As seen in the images, Evans looks good -- very good -- without a shirt.
Other new images show Evans/Rogers as a soldier, wearing a leather jacket over his costume (note the helmet with the "A"), Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull, a battle-scarred shield and Evans/Rogers with female lead Hayley Atwell, both in their military outfits. If nothing else, the images indicate that the filmmakers are succeeding in capturing a good look for the film. With that out of the way, bigger questions remain: Will they avoid making Captain America into a wise-cracking joker? Will they treat his hardcore patriotism with respect?

Do these new images push you toward accepting, or even looking forward to, the prospect of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers? Confirm your worst fears? Get you even more excited about seeing the movie?