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Robert Redford Just Commited the First Sin of Being in a Superhero Movie: You Don’t Talk About Your Superhero Movie


Robert Redford is, as he admits himself, delving into a new arena of filmmaking with a role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The world of genre movies, in a massive cinema franchise, and a sequel. So far what we know about Redford’s role is that he’s an officer of S.H.I.E.L.D., and possibly one that outranks Nick Fury.

But Redford may have let slip something a bit more specific about his character in an interview recently. It’s also a possible spoiler. Awww, it’s Baby’s First Movie With An Obsessive and Detail Oriented Fanbase!

Redford told The Straits Times:

I think a career requires a certain amount of reinvention. If you get caught in one track I think that can be dangerous. Success has a dark side to it. you want to be careful if you’ve had success at something, that you not try and follow it by just duplicating it. That’s why I’m doing this Captain America thing. I like the idea of playing a villain… I did that just because it’s a different thing for me to do.

Redford could mean this in a less literal sense than comic fans usually do, but he didn’t say “playing a bad guy” which could just mean that he’s a jerk, or that he’s playing “the villain.” He said he’s playing “a villain.” That seems to indicate something a bit more “classical,” if you know what I mean. And for a movie with Captain America, Black Widow, the Falcon (whose role is apparently, excitingly, a major one), Nick Fury, and Maria Hill, well… it could use all the villains it can get. Fortunately, it’s probably got the Winter Soldier, Dr. Zola, Crossbones, and even Batroc the Leaper.

Yes. Batroc the Leaper.

(via Comic Book Movie.com.)

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  • Anonymous

    BATROC THE LEAPER???

  • http://zadl.org/ Captain ZADL

    Non non, you ‘ave to say it in a cheesy French Accent, no?

    BATROC ZE LEAPAIR!

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    They got a French guy to play him, so hopefully, that’ll cut the cheese(heh).

  • Anonymous

    Just found him on the cast list: Georges St-Pierre. French-Canadian MMA fighter. I’m guessing it’s going to be Cap, Black Widow, and Falcon vs. Winter Soldier, Crossbones, and Batroc, going head to head respectively. With Fury and Zola calling shots from the back.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    My guess has always been that he’s from that mysterious council(will people quite saying SHIELD is a part of the US government, that may be the case in the comics, but the movies made it very clear that they are not accountable to them), sent to bring Fury down or investigate whether he should be replaced.

  • http://twitter.com/EliasAlgorithm Elias Algorithm

    Would thinking he’s secretly the Red Skull be a little on the nose considering his name and general appearance? I mean I like red. But that’s a lot of red.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amanda.murray.9822 Amanda Murray

    You forgot Agent 13! Agent 13 will also being kicking around (and hopefully kicking ass) on the side of good.

  • Brian

    Zut alors! Batroc ze Lepair! Now, America, she will be zeeing ze leaping on ze beeg screen, ne c’est pas? Haw haw haw!

  • dorothy_notgale

    So…Woodward IS Deep Throat, in this case?