Captain America not so American
Joe Johnston has been talking about the upcoming Captain America film and has addressed something that was really bothering me about the film, the fact that Captain America is so American the character is going to struggle abroad.
Not so if Johnston has his way for they seem to be changing the character and trying to make him less American and more on the side of what's right, and that might be a tough transformation to do and still keep the original fans onside.
With the character of Captain America you really are stuck between a rock and a hard place, he's the all-American Superhero, his costume is the American flag, and while taking that aspect away from the character, even to a degree or two, will help the overseas sales of a film about him, it might result in an opposite affect within American audiences.
Joe Johnston and the team behind Captain America: The First Avenger have a difficult job ahead of them with this film, and he's picked up on the problem of making him more worldly wise and acceptable, speaking to the L.A. Times through Latino Review he says:
"We're sort of putting a slightly different spin on Steve Rogers...He's a guy that wants to serve his country, but he's not a flag-waver. We're reinterpreting, sort of, what the comic book version of Steve Rogers was...
...He wants to serve his country, but he's not this sort of jingoistic American flag-waver...He's just a good person. We make a point of that in the script: Don't change who you are once you go from Steve Rogers to this super-soldier; you have to stay who you are inside, that's really what's important more than your strength and everything. It'll be interesting and fun to put a different spin on the character and one that the fans are really going to appreciate."
There's not so much about losing the American streak in him and making him more appealing to a worldwide audience there, but the hint of it is coming through, wait though.
"Yeah, and it's also the idea that this is not about America so much as it is about the spirit of doing the right thing...It's an international cast and an international story. It's about what makes America great and what make the rest of the world great too."
Mmmm...I'm not entirely sure about that last comment, it does sound very cheesy and doesn't play down the all-American aspect, but the sentiment is definitely there and I think we will see a move to make Captain America more Captain Do-The-Right-Thing. However they can't change him too much as they have to retain the all-American audience too.
Captain America is going to have to walk a tightrope in order to win over both American audiences and the rest of the world.