There's some bad news for anyone wanting to cross the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge on Sunday, but perhaps its even worse for whoever the bad guys are in the latest round of Marvel Comics movies. The bridge between D.C. and Rosslyn will be closed for two periods on Sunday to accomodate the filming of a movie that is trying to mask its footprint under the name Freezer Burn.
No, it's not a sequel to an obscure 2008 comedy starring Tom Green and Crispin Glover. Freezer Burn is the fake working title for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the sequel to the 2011 film starring Chris Evans as the patriotic super-soldier.
The bridge will be closed from 8:20 to 9:10 a.m. and again from 1 to 1:30 p.m, according to a District Department of Transportation advisory.
The city's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development said last year that it took Marvel Studios executives on a scouting trip around D.C., hoping to lure part of a blockbuster production to a city that offers nothing in the way of tax incentives that other jurisdictions use to entice Hollywood studios. (The Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, though, is maintained by the National Park Service, which has its own film operation; and that is to say nothing of the fact that many film productions make quick stops in D.C. in order to get necessary location shots.)
But Captain America's stay in D.C. apparently extends beyond Sunday. A casting call on the Maryland Film Office's website lists opportunities for "the D.C. days for the movie Freezer Burn," which are scheduled from May 13 to 15. During last year's scouting mission, the D.C. film office floated Adams Morgan as one possible location. Could Steve Rogers, an uptight square unfrozen from the year 1944, navigate his way around the trapezoid of iniquity circa 2013? Maybe there's a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base in the way back of Millie and Al's.
As for Sunday, the filming notice advises that the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge "plays an integral role in the storyline" and will be filmed from many angles using aerial photography. In the speculative vernacular of blockbuster action movies, that can only suggest one thing: When Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in April 2014, Steve Rogers is not going to be able to save the bridge. Damn it, Cap.
Ugh, this news makes me more sad than anything while they are filming Captain America I'll be cooped up in my room studying for finals, crossing my fingers that the filming on May 13th-15th will still be happening! (with hopefully Chris Evans there)