I think it’s expected by now that whenever new comic-book characters are introduced onto the big screen their costumes may be altered slightly. The costumes for Thor and Captain America look pretty close to the comics, but in the case of Hawkeye a fully purple costume may need a few changes.
Jeremy Renner, who will be playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, recently spoke to MTV and discussed his costume:
“I think it’s going to be a little more reality-based,” said Renner. “You can kind of tell with Scarlett [Johansson]’s character [in ‘Iron Man 2’], it’s going to be more of a uniform . . . and not a big purple, comics sort of thing.”
According to Renner, it’s that decision to stray from the classic look that’s helped the Marvel movies connect with mainstream audiences.
“That’s why I think it’s more palatable to audiences — there’s almost a sense of reality to these superheroes,” he explained. “That’s what makes it interesting to me, anyway.”
In the comics Clint Barton was orphaned at a young age and joined the circus where he was trained as an acrobat and archer. Inspired by the exploits of the Avengers he became Hawkeye, and at one point the archer enjoyed a successful stint as the leader of the West Coast Avengers. The Avengers has a huge number of characters involved so we may not get the chance to see the characters back-story in full, but i’m sure director Joss Whedon and Renner will do Hawkeye justice.
The Avengers will also star Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel L.Jackson (Nick Fury), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson). Filming will begin early next year for a May 2012 release.