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‘Captain America’ Director Defends 3D Conversion — Will ‘Avengers’ Follow Suit?

A few days ago Roger Friedman over at Showbiz 411 claimed (via his sources) that Joss Whedon was "definitively" shooting The Avengers in 3D. It's not all too surprising to hear that Marvel wants its Avengers movie in 3D. Both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger will arrive in theaters in 3D, and it only makes sense to have their biggest, most buzzed-about superhero mash-up in 3D in order to give the fans more options, as well as make as much as they can from the box office (that smashing ensemble cast can't be cheap). However, new quotes from Captain America director Joe Johnston lead us to believe that Friedman is wrong on one count: The Avengers won't be shooting in 3D. Instead, they'll most likely be shooting in 2D and converting it over after the fact, like they're doing with Thor and Captain America.

Speaking about why he decided to shoot Captain America in 2D and convert versus filming in 3D, Johnston told Earth's Mightiest, "The cameras and their necessary hard and software made up one of the most cumbersome and unwieldy packages I've ever had the misfortune to work with. I couldn't move the camera at a high rate of speed, I couldn't fit it through tight spaces, lens changes took 45 minutes...if the two lenses weren't perfectly calibrated to the exact same focal plane, the shot was unwatchable. It's harder to fast cut an action sequence because your eye needs time to re-establish the depth of each shot. The biggest drawback is that it would have added 30 days to the schedule. For all these reasons and more, I decided to shoot the picture 2D and convert it."

Other filmmakers have complained about similar issues, which means it's highly doubtful that Marvel and Joss Whedon would want to attempt filming in 3D for The Avengers. But what about the recent crappy conversions? Johnston talks more after the jump ...

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