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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
Early Conception of The Cape by Six Point Harness
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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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