The portrayal of film heroes is being transformed by technology, with some relying on digital enhancements for their physical appearance and expressions. Computer-generated work allows for the manipulation of body shape and facial features to suit preferences, potentially making a well-maintained physique seem less important.
This trend has led to a substantial increase in production costs, with some movies reportedly spending significant amounts on digitally carving the images of their heroes. The reliance on body doubles for various scenes has also become a prevalent trend in the film industry.
However, the use of digital enhancements is not limited to younger heroes, as even senior heroes are reportedly relying on CG work for flashback episodes and to correct their natural appearance. This emergence of this trend has led to delays in movie releases and a substantial increase in production costs.
As technology continues to play an increasingly important role in shaping the presentation of film heroes, questions about the importance of maintaining a natural physique and the potential impact on authenticity are raised.