The summer of the comic book film is split between success and mild disappointment, and, so fanboys hope, Captain America is dashing in to save the day.
While both "Thor" and "Green Lantern" opened number one at the box office, the headlines were very different for the first two page-to-film extravaganzas: Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman helped Marvel's Norse God film to a surprising $65 million opener and strong subsequent performances, while Ryan Reynolds' CGI-happy DC adaptation sunk below expectations with a $53 million first weekend and cratering follow ups. Now, it's time for Chris Evans and his super patriotic super soldier flick to fight both off Nazis and potential public disenfranchisement with blockbuster superheroes.
To hype up the film, Paramount -- which just opened Transformers to a $180 million five day haul -- has released 20+ new images from both production and the final product, emphasizing Evans' buff, post-experiment, red white and blue costume-clad body over his pre-secret serum weakling Steve Rogers. Heavily stylized to match its World War II setting, the photos promise a lot of action -- and a little bit of romance, too (see: Atwell, Hayley for more on that)
"Captain America" hits theaters July 22nd.