Johnston reveals Captain America
There's new talk about Captain America from Joe Johnston, the director of The First Avenger: Captain America, and he's shattering some of the ideas of what the star spangled superhero might have been and is revealing what it's actually going to be.
He says quite a lot about the film and the intentions for the story, what I think is perhaps the most surprising is that they aren't thinking of playing down the American hero angle at all.
Joe Johnston was talking about the plans for the superhero and revealed what the focus of the film would be:
It's not going to be a Captain America that you expect. It's something different. It is influenced by the comic book, but it goes off in a completely different direction. It's the origin story of Captain America. It's mostly period—there are modern, present-day bookends on it—but it's basically the story of how Steve Rogers becomes Captain America.
He was talking to Box Office through SuperheroHype about the film and what the plans are, and it seems we really are going to be getting an origin story set in a past time, after all a current day Captain America leaping about the world trying to solve their problems in the name of peace and wearing the American flag. In today's world, that just wouldn't wash unless there was a serious dose of realis.
However turn back the clock to the past and it'll work just right. Or it might.
The great thing about Captain America is he's a super hero without any super powers. Which is why this story, among the hundreds of super hero stories, appealed to me the most. He can't fly, he can't see through walls, he can't do any of that stuff. He's an every man who's been given this amazing gift of transformation into the perfect specimen—the pinnacle of human perfection. How does that affect him? What does that mean for him emotionally and psychologically? He was this 98-pound weakling, he was this wimp, and he's transformed instantly into this Adonis. You'd think he got everything he wanted. Well, he didn't get everything he wanted.
I always thought that there was something super-heroic about the character, but then I never really read any of the stories concerning him, in fact I never heard anything regarding the character, it just seemed that he had superhuman abilities.
The rules change at that point and his life gets even more complicated and dire. For me, that's the interesting part of the story. It's got some great action sequences in it and some incredible stuff that we've never seen before. But at the heart of it, it's a story about this kid who all he wants to do is fit in. This thing happens and he still doesn't fit in. And he has to prove himself a hero—essentially go AWOL to save a friend. Eventually at the very end, I don't want to give away to much, but he does fit in. But it's the journey of getting him there that's interesting. And it's a lot of fun.
You know, after that discussion I think it really could work. I think there's a chance that The First Avenger: Captain America could work outside America, don't you? I'm not pretending it's going to be difficult, I'm not saying it'll breeze through and grab great returns, but it might just work especially when they keep the focus firmly on the origin and the person, probably well before he wears the traditional costume.
What do you think? Will it work? Has Joe Johnston got the plan to make it work?