Joe Johnston Gives Details About the ‘Captain America’ Images

Published 4 years ago by , Updated November 11th, 2010 at 8:05 am,

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The first official images from next year’s The First Avenger: Captain America were released just under two weeks ago and they provided an early look at the titular character’s new big screen outing.

Director Joe Johnston has shed some additional light on these photos and has revealed some of his thoughts and feelings about the cast of the WWII-era superhero flick, along with cool bits of behind-the-scenes trivia concerning the film’s props and sets.

For those who might not know, The First Avenger is a final lead in to Marvel’s Avengers movie. It will start out in present day with Captain America being frozen in suspended animation, and will then flashback to the WWII era where a young patriot named Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) finds him transformed into a super soldier by a radical experiment. Rogers becomes Captain America and joins an international band of heroes known as The Howling Commandos to battle the Nazis and the evil organization known as Hydra. The plot thickens when Hitler’s head of advanced weaponry, The Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), discovers an artifact known as “The Tesseract,” a cosmic cube of immense and deadly power.

Johnston had the following to offer in regards to this image of Steve Rogers, who is returning from a recent mission:

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“The picture is a shot of Chris, returning from Steve Roger’s first mission, when we goes AWOL to rescue his pal, Bucky Barnes.”

Johnston is reuniting with his Wolfman costar Hugo Weaving on Captain America and has nothing but praise for the actor, who himself is no stranger to working on highly anticipated, big-budget blockbuster fare.

Check out Johnston’s comments on the first official image of Weaving as Red Skull below (note: that’s Toby Jones as the villainous  Arnim Zola, looking on in the background):

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“[This is] Red Skull about to evaporate a trio of Nazis who have come to confiscate his technology to serve the Reich. Hugo Weaving was really the only choice for Red Skull. [He’s] a chameleon as an actor. He’s played so many incredibly versatile roles, from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films,[‘The Matrix’], ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’. He’s never failed to create a multi-layered and complex character. In my own experience with him on ‘The Wolfman’, he took a part that was much less significant and inspired us to develop the character into a pivotal role. I wanted Hugo to play Red Skull to SEE what he would bring to the character. He’s one of those actors you don’t want to look away from.”

For more of Johnston’s comments (which include information about the design of certain props and vehicles in Captain America), check out the exclusive article over at Comic Book Movie.

The First Avenger: Captain America arrives in 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on July 22nd, 2011.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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  1. Hugo Weaving is one of my favorite actors…..I am sure he will be an amazing Red Skull!!! He is the best casting decision in this movie!!

  2. This is sounding even better after the commentaries. CAN NOT WAIT!

    • yeah this looks awesome

  3. Hugo Weaving was an excellent choice. Hope this movie doesn’t bomb.

  4. Hopefully they do a better job of marketing this movie than they did The Incredible Hulk.

    • get over it…puny human

      • English, please.

        Get over what?

  5. looking forward to this film:)

  6. Howcome Weaving doesn’t look like the Red Skull? Im not all familiar with the comics.

    • His origin is one of those science accident things. He gets all skullified and ugly later in the story, and it’s CA’s doing, unless I ‘misremember’.

  7. I have great hope for Weaving’s portrayal & ownership of the developments building up
    to Red Skull’s character.

    It will be interesting to see how Chris Evans (as an ‘Ultra’ boy scout) plays against Weaving ( a maniacal serial villain).

    If they develop the Bucky plotline too much, I fear, frankly, that this will be written off by the public as “Brokeback Captain America”.

    But whatever. It’s in the comic’s history. Just please don’t put him in Red-Robin-Tights & Under-Roos.
    That would kill this whole thing on sight – not that I’m homophobic. But America (from sea to shining sea) IS.

  8. I want to see Red Skull if full form.

  9. I can die happily after seeing this, been a comic fan my entire life and Cap is my favorite hands down. Chris Evans i was skeptical about at first but i kno he’ll do a good job. Hugo Weaving and Tommy Lee Jones too!? This film is gonna be awesome, plus WWII movies are usualy made with alot of depth and attention to detail so im very excited about this one.

    • dude, i was an extra on this film a few weeks ago and the hydra soldiers have blue glowing laser guns and uniforms that look like something ripped out of DS9 so i think the “attention to detail” is minimal to non existant as far as historical accuracy goes. Not that im complaining or saying this is gonna be a bad movie, because its gonna be awesome, just dont be expecting band of brothers level realism just because its set in WW2

  10. so, captain america the movie will have nazis, after all. good. very good.