When it comes to the heroes of the Inhumans comics, Medusa seems like she’d be the absolute hardest one to adapt to live-action due to her hair-based superpowers (which certainly aren’t cheap to handle with CGI, virtually the only way that the character’s skill set could be realized). Showrunner Scott Buck describes the challenge behind adapting this character to television and how they plan to approach her powers.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that a lot of work is underway for the hair-bending superhero, with Buck describing the challenge behind the visual process of the character’s superpowers:
“It is very difficult. Even now, it’s still a process. It takes quite a long time in post to make that effect work. We have some of the best visual effects people available working on our show. We still haven’t seen the final version of it; it’s very much a work in process.”
From the looks of things, it seems as though they’re taking a more grounded route with the character – while she still has her long red locks, they appear to be much more in-line with a regular person with long hair as opposed to being having enough hair on her head to match her body weight (as shown in the comics and this article’s page image). Still, don’t expect her hair-tendrils to be any less threatening to bad guys. Buck describes their take on the powers of the Inhumans as follows:
“To a certain extent, yes, [we like to show off their powers,] but again, we approach these all as real people who just happen to have these abilities, so they’re all very grounded people. We try to write them as real as possible, and then have fun with the powers when we can. We want their powers to seem like a very natural part of their personality.”
The author of the piece suggested that actress Serinda Swan, who has a very short haircut in set photos, has had her hair trimmed down in order to give the visual effects team more freedom to work their magic in post-production – and not because there’s some Samson-esque plot point in the show where Medusa loses her powers because someone gave her a buzz-cut, as a few fans had speculated.
Inhumans will shake the world in September 2017 – September 1 for the two-week IMAX debut of the first two episodes, and September 26 for the beginning of the broadcast for the full eight-episode season. The show’s cast includes Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Iwan Rheon as Maximus, Ken Leung as Karnak, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Mike Moh as Triton, and Sonya Balmores as Auran. In addition, Ellen Woglom will portray an original character, and the gigantic dog Lockjaw will appear as a CGI creation.
Source: Entertainment Weekly