Marvel has their ambitious space adventure film, Guardians of the Galaxy, coming out in early August - and they just announced that Josh Brolin would be stepping into the pivotal role of Thanos, The Mad Titan.
Brolin will join Vin Diesel (who portrays Groot, a sentient tree of sorts) and Bradley Cooper (playing Rocket Raccoon) as big time Hollywood stars who will only be lending their voices and some light motion capture work to the production. While mocap has come a long way in the past several decades, it's hard to argue that there's always better chemistry when the actor can physically portray the role they're playing. Actors are always better acting with fellow actors, not a bunch of CGI to be added later.
Simply look to Yoda from Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith and compare it with the physical puppet Yoda from Empire Strikes Back. The physical Yoda puppet has much more presence and chemistry with the actors than the CGI Yoda, who comes across as weightless and obviously fake. Is Guardians of the Galaxy making the same mistake?
We did a quick mock-up of what the film would look like had Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Josh Brolin been physically present during filming to portray their roles. Frankly, we think the results speak for themselves.
Just a suggestion, Marvel (if you want your film to be more like The Empire Strikes Back and less like Attack of the Clones, that is).
For more on our continuing quest to fix Guardians of the Galaxy, check out our poster review.