Captain America Gets A Director

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 18th, 2013 at 6:08 pm,

captain america 522 Captain America Gets A Director

It’s official, folks! Marvel Studios has put out a production update stating a director has been tapped to helm the upcoming corner-piece to Marvel’s Avengers puzzle, The First Avenger: Captain America. So, without further ado, the man bringing us the adventures of the Star-Spangled Avenger will be none other than:

Joe Johnston (???).

For those not familiar, Johnston’s resume includes family adventure films such as Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and Jumanji, inspirational films such as October Sky, a couple of popcorn-clunkers such as Hidalgo and Jurassic Park III, and the upcoming creature-feature reboot, The Wolf Man.

Yes, this is the man Marvel is hanging their hopes on to turn The First Avenger: Captain America into a box office smash. But with a resume as varied as Johnston’s, what kind of Cap movie are we to expect?

Before we tear into him, it should be noted that Joe Johnston has considerable experience with creating some of America’s most treasured cinematic heroes. Johnston started in the movie biz as a visual effects artist, working on a few small films you might remember as the original Star Wars Trilogy and Raiders Of The Lost Ark. The man knows how to turn everyman heroes into indelible legends.

Johnston also has some experience in the superhero-flick business. He directed the 1991 film The Rocketeer, a WWII superhero flick that definitely left a lasting impression on this young blogger. (It also had some of the coolest visual f/x I remember; it truly made meĀ  believe that a man could fly.)

Joe Johnston will Direct The First Avenger: Captain America

Taking all that past experience into account along with the assumption that whatever Johnston must be doing with The Wolf Man has impressed at least somebody around the Marvel Studios offices, I (and likely Marvel) expect Johnston will be able to construct a Cap film that is at once big in scope, furious in action, with an old-time 1930s – 1940s, WWII feel. It will also likely try to appeal to audiences both young and old, who remember what’s like to be treated to quality epic adventure movies. Here’s the movie’s official logline from Marvel:

In the early days of the Marvel Universe, Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Sounds like the standard plot you’d expect; my only hope is that they represent the character of Steve Rogers/Captain America properly. But then, we won’t know for sure what we’re getting until The First Avenger: Captain America hits theaters on May 6, 2011.

In the meantime, what do you think? Is Cap getting the treatment he deserves, or is Marvel selling him short by going with Johnston?

Source: Marvel Studios

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  1. I think the guy who plays Nathan Petrelli might work as Cap if his hair was dyed blonde.


  2. The Rock. After the super soldier serum is taken, that is. I can’t think of a blond guy at the top of my head.

  3. Petrelli’s a little old. And saying an idea’s bad is not a personal attack. Saying your mother should’ve aborted is slightly more personal, though that could be directed at anyone, and therefore does not reflect an attack of any personal attribute you possess.(Just to clarify, this statement is not directed at anyone, but is an example to clarify.) That being said, let me explain why I don’t like Gylenhall as Cap: A) Bubble Boy B)He’s not that good an actor C)I don’t want to think about Captain America getting ridden by the Joker. So, just wanted to clear the air. I’m not that guy. Don’t take it personally, Buzz-man. Um…Keyes, I think that answered yours too. And Simmons, I think the Rock is an equally bad idea. Other than his build, he’s nothing like Steve Rogers. I’m thinking Paul Walker to lose weight, play Rogers, and gain it back plus some for the captain. Not the best actor, but do you really want Olivier for the Sentinel of Liberty? No. You want a young all-american actor with the dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair(not gay that I said that at all). So, I’m thinking him or someone with attributes very similar

  4. @*unt just: The only thing I take personal is that you assume I suggested JG for Cap. (A): I only pointed the “fact” that the director that directed October Sky is now directing Captain America, and that there is a connection. (2): I never saw bubble boy, because I had the intelligence to avoid such dribble. (C): In my opinion JG can act… and act very well. October Sky, Jarhead and yes… Brokeback Mountain. (D): My suggestion was that JG would have made a better Peter Parker that Toby McWhiner. Now there is someone that can not act. Peter Parker was never a little whiney b**** like TM comes off. (5): I also mentioned Paul Walker about 6 months ago, as I thought he’d make a good Steve Rogers. After all, that is who the actor is going to have to play… not Captain America, but Steve Rogers. Same goes for Donald Blake.
    So all abortion comment aside, your clarification… needs to be clarified.