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Concept Art for The Cape

22 Oct 2014
chrisdvanne 1 Comments

He’s righteous. He’s heroic. He’s The Cape. While we may never get all of our questions about NBC's short-lived live-action comic book series The Cape answered, newly found production and concept art used in the making of the show (see below) shed a bit of light on shows creator Tom Wheeler's vision. The art shows early conception of The Cape himself and characters like Orwell, Max Malini, Chess, Scales or Rollo. Most of these arts didn't make it to the final show starring David Lyons, Summer Glau, James Frain, Vinnie Jones and Keith David. 
 
An image of the character as it appears in the show is displayed next to each early concept art to allow a comparison between them, as well as the original comment. Check out the concept arts in all their comic-booky glory below.
 
Early conceptions of Orwell.
Orwell was always meant to be a blogger who worked in the shadows. These looks shows Orwell with and without glasses.

The Cape Concept Art - OrwellThe Cape Promotional picture - Summer Glau as OrwellThe Cape Promotional picture - Summer Glau as Orwell

 

Early conception of Peter Fleming/Chess.
Peter Fleming's original name was Peter DeMint. Six Point Harness (LA-based animation studio) took Tom Wheeler's descriptions and came up with this vision of Chess.
 

The Cape Concept Art - Peter Fleming/ChessThe Cape - James Frain as Peter Fleming/ChessThe Cape - James Frain as Peter Fleming/Chess

 

Early conception of The Cape.
The animators had leeway when creating these characters; these drawings were done before the pilot script was written. The Cape originally had a mask until we removed it for the pilot.
 

The Cape Concept Art - Vince Faraday as The CapeThe Cape Promotional Photos - David Lyons and Summer GlauThe Cape Promotional Photos - David Lyons and Summer Glau

 

Early conception of Scales.
Scales was originally named Gator. Creator Tom Wheeler discussed a Vinnie Jones-type that walked around with an alligator... as a weapon..
 

The Cape Concept Art - ScalesThe Cape - Vinnie Jones as Dominic Raoul/Scales

 

Early conception of Max Malini.
Max was always conceived to be a magician, but a broken-down, drifter type. Hence the scruffy attire for Max in this sketch.
 

The Cape Concept Art - Max MaliniThe Cape - Keith David as Max MaliniThe Cape - Keith David as Max Malini, Summer Glau as Orwell

 

Early conception of Rollo.
Rollo was always imagined as a little person strongman, but the sketch artist came up with makeup and hair that didn't make it to the final show.
 

The Cape Concept Art - RolloThe Cape promotional image - Martin Klebba as RolloThe Cape promotional image - Martin Klebba as Rollo

 

Comic Art from the Show by In-House Artist Gabriel Hardman
This depiction of The Cape appears in the comic book that Vince and his son Trip read together in the show.

The Cape Concept Art

 

Early Conception of The Cape by Six Point Harness

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The Cape Concept ArtThe Cape Concept Art

The Cape Concept ArtThe Cape Concept Art

 

Gallery links:
- TV Shows > The Cape (2011) > Concept Art
- Photoshoots > Studio Photoshoots > The Cape Promotional Photos - 2011
 
Watch this behind the Cape video for insights into the creation of the show, including more concept art.
 

 

What are your thoughts about these early concept arts for The Cape?





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Total comments: 1

  Message #4 | chrisdvanne | 22 Oct 2014, 11:00 GMT



I don't know about you but I'm glad these early concept arts didn't make it to the show...except maybe for Gator. How cool would it have been to see Scales walking his pet alligator on The Cape?



 
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