Captain America director talks suit, style, casting
I've always been voicing my concerns about how Captain America would work in the international world we live in today, but the news about the Captain America film that has been leaking out of late is giving me hope that maybe there's something to be had in the film.
There has been talk of the costume and how that's going to work, as well as casting, filming location, shooting style - please no 3D! - and confirmation of more than just one hero in the film.
My concerns about The First Avenger: Captain America have been the fact that in the world we live in today, and knowing that a studio want an International release and audience for their big films, the idea of a Captain America leaping around the world in his American flag draped costume fighting the bad guys, might not be as palatable as it was back when he was at the height of his fame. Today, the world is a very different place.
However there are a few things that Joe Johnston has been revealing that might make the character work. The first is about that very same costume. Here's what the director has to say about the character over at L.A. Times blog through Latino Review:
"The costume is a flag, but the way we're getting around that is we have Steve Rogers forced into the USO circuit. After he's made into this super-soldier, they decide they can't send him into combat and risk him getting killed. He's the only one and they can't make more."
He then goes on to say that he gets put in a USO show, touring to raise money and moral for the war. However being the super soldier that he is he finds that a tad boring and a little unfulfilling, after all he should be out there fighting with the other soldiers.
"So he's up on stage doing songs and dances with chorus girls and he can't wait to get out and really fight. When he does go AWOL, he covers up the suit but then, after a few things happen, he realizes that this uniform allows him to lead. By then, he's become a star in the public mind and a symbol. The guys get behind him because he embodies something special."
Okay, that sounds better, but what about that costume?
"He realizes the value of the uniform symbols but he modifies his suit and adds some armor, it will be closer to the Cpa costume in some of the comics in more recent years . . . this approach, it's the only way we could justify ever seeing him on a screen in tights, with the funny boots and everything. The government essentially puts him up there as a living comic-book character and he rips it off and then reclaims some of its imagery after he recognizes the value of it."
So the good news for the character is that he won't be running around sporting the American flag, and the imagery of the flag may be there, but it seems as though it will toned down and worked into a fighting uniform. Things are being suggested such as the stripes will still be there but more as an image created by belts rather than the bold colours of the flag.
That does give me some hope for the film, and toning down the costume could make the character work a lot better Internationally.
He also reveals that the story won't just be about him, and that The Invaders will feature in the second half, now they include some other heroes, and although it's not clear which will be in the final film, it could make it a far more International group, making it much more palatable. There's the potential for some British heroes as well as European too. That titbit comes from CHUD.
Meanwhile, talk turned to the casting and Joe Johnston told us that he'll be casting an American for the role, but he won't be a known actor. The plan seems to be to cast an unknown in the lead and surround him with more known actors.
Finally he mentioned how the film will be shot, and when he said they would shoot it in a "different way" I started worrying, 3D? No, according to the director.
"We're definitely gonna shoot it in a different way than any of the other marvel pictures that have been shot. And what I'm trying to do is look at the comics. Most of the new ones. Most of the Brubaker series and to interpret that sort of visual style into a film in a way that I think has been tried before but it's never, it always looks like it's a little too on the nose, it looks like, 'Oh, they're shooting a comic book movie.' and I wanna try something a little bit different."
I'm not entirely sure how that works out and what that means for the style of the film. The article over at Latino Review does say that he isn't planning on shooting in 3D, so that's something positive, but what's this style that's not going to look like they're shooting a comic book film? I'm also curious what that style is because I've not really seen many comic book films that look like a comic book, except maybe Hulk.
So what do you think then? Does Captain America have a chance of making it big outside of the US with this news?