As I suspected, now that we’re post-Avatar, the casting for Thor is complete, and the first full Iron Man 2 trailer is out, Captain America news has started to trickle out. So far, all we knew is that Joe Johnston is directing and that it indeed take place in both the World War II era as well as current day. Oh, and that it will be called The First Avenger: Captain America, despite the fact that Cap was not, in fact, the first Avenger. I mean, I guess if you’re gonna go by date of birth, then sure, but that’s just persnickety, anal retentive nitpicking. And God knows comic book geeks would never…
Anyway. Johnston is making the junket rounds for his newest film, The Wolfman, and various new sources have been getting info from him. For starters, the costume — Cap’s WWII costume is pretty goddamn ridiculous, and wholly impractical as a soldier’s uniform (bright colors? He’ll blend right in), so Johnston and co. have an unusual solution for that:
“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. So they say, ‘You’re going to be in this USO show’ and they give him a flag suit. He can’t wait to get out of it.”
That’s a whole new concept and it’s one that sounds pretty promising. “It was never in the comics,” Johnston said, “because they didn’t really need it. In comics, he puts on the costume and the reader just justifies because of the nature of the medium.”
(via The LA Times)
Huh. I can dig it. Anyway, other news floating around is that a) whoever plays him will be an American, b) they’re looking at five or six actors (including, randomly, Ryan McPartlin, best known for playing Captain Awesome on Chuck), and c) — the big, if unsurprising, news — the villain will indeed be the Red Skull. Hopefully both he and Cap look better than they did in that horrible 1990 version. I mean, I’m just sayin’:
Could be worse, actually:
Alls I’m saying is, Johnston’s got nowhere to go but up.