Canadian Superhero ‘Captain Canuck’ Heading to the Big Screen

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 26th, 2013 at 7:12 am,

Captain Canuck Canadian Superhero ‘Captain Canuck’ Heading to the Big Screen

2012 is well on the way to cementing its status as a turning point for superhero cinema. By year’s end, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises will likely emerge as the two highest-grossing films of the year, and virtually every other superhero franchise has a sequel or reboot in various states of development. However, while everyone is familiar with the costumed heroes of The Amazing Spider-man and the upcoming Man of Steel, some heroes may be brand-new to most moviegoers.

Case in point, The Vancouver Sun reports that a film based on Canadian hero, Captain Canuck, is officially in the works. The character, created in 1975 by illustrator Richard Comely, is a Canadian security officer who develops super-strength and speed after being exposed to extraterrestrial Zeta rays.

Screenwriter Arne Olsen beat out hundreds of writers to win the job of scripting Captain Canuck, after submitting a 15-page sample to Mind’s Eye Entertainment, the production company behind the film. Of Olsen’s writing credits to date, only the 1995 adaptation Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie could be considered part of the superhero genre.

Although Captain Canuck is a blatant symbol of patriotic pride in the Great White North, he has developed a cult following over the years. His costume – which features a mask in the shape of a maple leaf and bears Canadian colors – might strike some comic book fans as too hokey to be translated to film, but let’s not forget, though, that we’ve already seen a patriotic superhero done right on the big screen.

Captain America Canadian Superhero ‘Captain Canuck’ Heading to the Big Screen

Yes, Captain Canuck – much like Captain America – may be a bit tricky to translate to film effectively. Still, it is possible. Before the success of Captain America: The First Avenger, the U.S.-based hero was also deemed too silly for his own film franchise, having been the focus of a universally panned 1990 film. The character’s most recent adventure, however, managed to stay relatively true to the comic books while giving the film a more serious, grounded tone, one which Olsen intends to emulate with his approach to Captain Canuck.

“I’m much more interested in the grittier [films] – where there’s a much more realistic approach. The way we’re going to approach this is – more of a visceral action thriller in the [style] of the Bourne trilogy. We’re trying to take him to more of a 21st century sensibility. Hipper, with a bit more of an interest in contemporary issues and characters, and the technology and information we have access to.”

Olsen suggests someone like Ryan Gosling – the Canadian-born star who led last year’s gritty crime drama Drive – could nab the lead role when the time comes. Whether Olsen’s previous work – which is relatively unknown to U.S. audiences – has prepared him to translate Captain Canuck’s tales to the big screen is open for debate, as is if the film – which Olsen estimates to hit production in about a year and a half – will manage to find an audience in Canada or the United States.

Seemingly, the public’s appetite for superhero films remains insatiable, especially given the fervor currently centered on The Dark Knight Rises, but will American audiences embrace a character so clearly tied to their neighbor to the north? If Olsen’s fantasy casting comes true, that just may happen. Until then, we’ll keep an eye on Captain Canuck as it develops.

Source: The Vancouver Sun

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  1. Yes! I love CC and can’t believe they’re doing this. This is just too cool.

  2. Some of the comments up there show how infantile some peoples opinions are. Trolls abound I guess!

  3. it sounds a bit weird, it could be a joke, it could be a fluffing in the ball park of super hero flick madness,, i have never heard of him.If they are serius with this they should just call it canuck not captain canuck, or some other name,, is this for real captain canuck,, could be good i just dont know

    ITS LIKE HAVING A HERO FROM RUSSA CALLED CAPTAIN VODKA , HE HAS POWERS OF DISPELLING GOOD VIBES, AND PLENTY OF SINGSONGS AND DANCING,, AND HAS GOOD BODY TO TAKE THE FIRE IN HIS BELLY, JUST DONT STAND BESIDE HIM WHEN HE FARTS, EXPLOSIVE FARTILAS RAYS BLOW SO HARD IT BLOWS UP THE SUN ,, A DRUNKING RUSKY SUPER HERO COMES IN FROM THE COLD AND GETS BURNT IN THE BELLY BY THE VODKA AND ORANGE,,
    IS IT THE WIND, IS IT THE SUN,, IS IT FLYING PIG crap BATMAN, NO ROBIN OH ITS the RUSSIAN SUPER HERO VODKA MAN!!!!!!!!!

    ROBIN- WELL IN THAT CASE ILE DRINK TO THAT,,

  4. Just don’t CALL it “Captain Canuck: The Movie”… that would be SO lame! Give it a real title.

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