Originally Posted by hypercube
You did watch the actual live action Gatchaman trailer, right? It kind of shows some of the problems of "darkening up" the franchise, though I actually like the suit designs for the most part.
I don't think everything has to be bright colors, but it doesn't have to be black or gunmetal or stealth fighters all the time either. Look at some of the realistic Alex Ross renditions of the characters or some of the other ideas and fan art being passed around..bright and/or colorful can look extremely cool.
Think of it if it were done in the style of Oblivion or Elysium.
We didn't actually get a good look at the Phoenix in that one. For the most part it appears they did go with a "sharp-angled dark colored redesign"... But I think I for one would have wanted the same "Bird's Beak + Gills" type design language of the original.
Not sure if it was "darkened", but it definitely felt non-committal (when all the characters fight together it looks like you're watching Power Rangers without even the brutality of the original show) and I'm not sure I'm happy the "feathered capes" became just regular capes. Why'd they even have to be capes? Couldn't they make them these actual "flexi-hard wing things"? In the cartoons, the capes seemed to be an early example of the Batman "smart cloth" cape that hardened into parachutes and seemed to defy gravity when landing.
I think I would have rolled the dice on "Gunmetal Blued" EVERYTHING with highlights so the suits would be gun-metal blue with different color highlights per character with almost everything either hard rubber or armor plating, and the phoenix would be the only one with red highlights.... And Alien Over-Technology up the wazoo so that some of their weapons would have these "transformer sequences" before unleashing death onscreen to nameless Galactor extras.
From Imagi's trailer, I also felt like they were going to do some kind of "start stop full throttle 3-point landings" action sequences... I think I would have gone instead with something more similar to the Hong Kong sequence in "The Dark Knight"... you know the Galactor guys are doing their thing and there's this anticipation that the Gatchaman are coming but you as the audience know it ahead of anyone and when it happens it's like when Batman just suddenly appears at the windows and smashes in and suddenly all the guns are going off and all these alien over-tech weapons and things.... But it's not going to be over-dark or anything cause obviously these alien weapons are their own light show.. so it's a bit like there's flashes of bright light occasionally (particularly for these new-fangled gatchaman blasters that are like these hand-held rail guns or something)... So you see flashes of these really awesome characters.
Basically like "Batman XCOM-Late-Game squad with trick parachute capes"....And they'd be some kind of Japan Defence Force secret branch thing....
Yeah yeah.. cry your eyes out you fans of the original! lol