Joe Johnston to direct Captain America
Is Joe Johnston a good choice to direct a Captain America movie?
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|No!||19%||[ 5 ]|
|Who?||42%||[ 11 ]|
Total Votes : 26
Posted: Mon, 10th Nov 2008, 9:12am
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Joe Johnston, director of The Rocketeer and Jurassic Park III, is now set to direct First Avenger: Captain America for Marvel. A crucial film in the lead-up to The Avengers, it will be a period piece set during World War 2, which makes Johnston a pretty cool choice given his panache for retro-stylings.
What do you think?
Posted: Mon, 10th Nov 2008, 10:06pm
Post 2 of 14
Johnston seems an excellent choice to me. Jurasic Park III didn't thrill me, but the Rocketeer, October Sky and Hidalgo are all films that I esteem quite highly.
Posted: Tue, 11th Nov 2008, 5:34am
Post 3 of 14
Snap, this is the guy behind October Sky and The Rocketeer? Count me in, those are both great period/stylistic movies.
Posted: Tue, 11th Nov 2008, 8:24am
Post 4 of 14
The Rocketeer was great fun.
Personally, I couldn't care less for a character called "Captain America", but I'll probably go see it anyways.
Posted: Tue, 11th Nov 2008, 9:10am
Post 5 of 14
At least with Bush out the door there's the vague possibility that this film might be accepted overseas come 2010. Hopefully Obama will have improved the country's reputation enough by then.
As for the character of Captain America: there's a lot more to him than the name would imply. While he was undoubtedly first created as a pure propaganda tool (there's a brilliant front cover of him punching Hitler in the face), the character's gone down some interesting routes since. Notably, rather than being a blind, government-obeying, Patriot Act tool, he tends to uphold core values and the American dream - whether the 'powers that be' agree with him or not.
I think the potential of having the origin story set in WW2, when "right and wrong" seemed so clear-cut, then having him thawed out in modern day when "right and wrong" is so hugely blurred could make for a very interesting story and character. Potentially it could be an amazing way to examine how America and the world have changed over 60 years.
.....or they could just make a really cringeworthy, gung-ho, America-rules-the-world, brainless action movie.
Depends, really, if they're planning to get an international audience or not.
Posted: Tue, 11th Nov 2008, 9:25am
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Or they could take the opposite route of an action film, rename him "Captain Switzerland" and have him stay out of any conflict he encounters and shout "I have no opinion". And his weakness could be the fact that he can't resist picking up coins when he finds them...
Ah well. I'm not familiar with the character, only heard the name. I'll reserve judgement for when a first trailer will be seen. Wasn't very familiar with Iron Man either and that one was great fun, despite the fact his name wasn't as cringeworthy.
Posted: Tue, 11th Nov 2008, 9:28am
Post 7 of 14
Hehehe. That would be brilliant.
Could also have Captain Britain, who thinks he's better than everyone else, and is the most experienced, but doesn't actually have much power anymore unless he hangs around with Captain America.
Posted: Tue, 11th Nov 2008, 10:36am
Post 8 of 14
Would that look something like this, Tarn?
And Sollthar, don't judge the character by his name (which I also happen to think is completely badass
- Captain America is a great character in comics, especially the more-recent series called 'The Ultimates', where- as Tarn stated- his clear-cut 'right versus wrong' mentality clashes with modern life.
In fact, in 'The Ultimates' initial comic series (about 6 years ago) each character was modeled after a real-life actor, relatively at least. I remember Tony Stark at first looked like Tom Cruise but as the comic progressed they drew him more in-line with Robert Downey Jr. Nick Fury the entire time looked spot-on like Samuel L., and Bruce Banner looked markedly like Edward Norton.
Which is cool to see now, that they're using the same actors and origin-style that series of comics installed. Now I'm waiting for my Sean Bean 'Thor' and Leonardo DiCaprio/Brad Pitt 'Captain America'.
Although Stan Lee says his top pick is.........yep.........Will Smith. I love the Fresh Prince, but the Cap isn't for him.
Posted: Sat, 15th Nov 2008, 11:49pm
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I hope Will Smith doesn't play it. I hate when they change the races of characters. It's like making Superman black, or Blade white. Things should stay true to their origins. I don't really care about that Nick Furry dude though, never heard of him since iron man
Posted: Sun, 16th Nov 2008, 6:07pm
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RodyPolis wrote:I hope Will Smith doesn't play it. I hate when they change the races of characters. It's like making Superman black, or Blade white. Things should stay true to their origins.
Generally I agree, but I also think it depends a little on the context, as well as the intent of the movie.
With Captain America, as they're doing the WW2 origin story I'm not sure it would make a huge amount of sense to have him be black. Also, I find it wryly amusing that the anti-Nazi propaganda icon created by Marvel back then.....is basically the ultimate Aryan.
Same with Blade - he's an important black cultural icon, in comic terms. Changing his ethnicity would be to miss the point. It'd be like remaking Shaft with a white guy.
On the other hand, more minor characters, or characters for which race isn't an important issue, I don't think it's such a big deal. It can, in fact, throw new light on the character and make them more interesting. Shakespeare, for example, has been re-invented countless times with character jumbled up all kinds of ways.
Posted: Mon, 17th Nov 2008, 10:28pm
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Atom wrote:Snap, this is the guy behind October Sky and The Rocketeer? Count me in, those are both great period/stylistic movies.
Wasn't October Sky also known as Rocket Boys? Not completely sure though. About Homer Hickam?
Posted: Mon, 17th Nov 2008, 10:52pm
Post 12 of 14
Yeah, Rocket Boys was the working title.
Posted: Thu, 20th Nov 2008, 7:24am
Post 13 of 14
yeAH HE MADE JURASSICK PARK 3
Posted: Mon, 24th Nov 2008, 11:51am
Post 14 of 14
Wait! I remember Nick Fury with his Howling Commandos from the seventies. Before he became the leader of SHIELD. Same, guy, eye patch and all, right? And when are we gonna see Bruce Willis play Sgt. Rock? Oh, that's DC.
Funny side note about one of the previous Captain America movies. My sister-in-law's brother was a Driver Captain for the studio that made that clunker. He said that there was a scene where they had Reb Brown in the Captain America costume seemingly trying to swim in a raging river, but when they got him out of the water. But when they got him out of the water, they discovered that the costume's colors had bled, right onto the actor's skin, which pissed Brown off to no end. They had to scrub his skin off and on for about a week to get the colors off.