Joe Johnston Talks Captain America Status

Published 5 years ago by , Updated April 4th, 2014 at 10:00 am,

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While Kenneth Branagh’s Thor is the Marvel movie I’m most looking forward to, I’m also very eager to see what Joe Johnston will bring moviegoers and comic fans with his period piece live-action adaptation of Captain America, the man, the hero, who will lead good against evil in The Avengers.

Two weeks back we reported on some words that director Joe Johnston shared about the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America movie which is set to begin filming this summer. He revealed that it will not be something we’d expect, that it will follow the comics to a certain extent but that it will go off in a completely different direction.

These are Johnston’s words that Screen Rant reported earlier in January:

“It’s not going to be a Captain America that you expect. It’s something different. It is influenced by the comic book, but it goes off in a completely different direction. It’s the origin story of Captain America. It’s mostly period—there are modern, present-day bookends on it—but it’s basically the story of how Steve Rogers becomes Captain America.”

“It’s got some great action sequences in it and some incredible stuff that we’ve never seen before. But at the heart of it, it’s a story about this kid who all he wants to do is fit in. This thing happens and he still doesn’t fit in. And he has to prove himself a hero—essentially go AWOL to save a friend. Eventually at the very end, I don’t want to give away to much, but he does fit in. But it’s the journey of getting him there that’s interesting. And it’s a lot of fun.”

We know the film is set in World War II and now we have at least some idea of the plot and origins that will be presented in the film. We also know how it ends up with him in present day, set to join The Avengers but how he gets from point A to point B we’ll have to wait and see and that’s the fun of it.

We’ve been waiting for quite some time to hear something official on the casting front as Thor was way ahead of the game in this respect and has already commenced shooting. The First Avenger: Captain America however, is scheduled to debut the same summer as Thor in 2011 only two months off, but we have nothing yet on who may play Steve Rogers. We only know that Marvel Studios has a wishlist of actors for the lead part but still don’t know if they’re going with someone new and relatively unknown (as they did with Chris Hemsworth as Thor) or if they’ll be grabbing an A-lister to carry the film and lead The Avengers as originally speculated nearly two years ago after the success of Iron Man.

So, where are we now on the status of Captain America? Joe Johnston has a more recent interview with Film Journal where the main topic is Johnston’s long-delayed Wolfman remake but they managed to squeeze in a bit on our star-sprangled hero to find out just what’s up with the project.

“We’re in prep… Rick Heinrichs is production-designing and we’re set up down in Manhattan Beach [California]. It’s the part of the process that I love the most… We have eight or ten really talented artists, and we all just sit around all day and draw pictures and say, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we could do this?’ It’s that phase of the production where money doesn’t matter: ‘Let’s put all the greatest stuff up on the wall and [then later] see what we can afford.’”

If you’re a reader of the books, the following snippet from the interview may hint a bit more towards what we can expect in terms of style of the character and stories that are influencing the movie.

The film, he says at this early stage, will begin “in 1942, 1943″ during World War II. “The stuff in the ’60s and ’70s [comic books] we’re sort of avoiding. We’re going back to the ’40s, and then forward to what they’re doing with Captain America now.”

Let’s hope we start getting something soon – I’d absolutely hate it if this movie had to be pushed back again to 2012 and have next year only feature one Marvel Studios flick (again). If they can hit the June start date for production, we’ll likely get to see something special alongside the Thor presentation at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, and we’ll definitely be there for that!

What do you think of this and what direction should Johnston and Marvel go with for picking their Captain America?

If you’re interested, check out our discussion on what the Captain America and Thor costumes may look like.

Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010, Thor opens May 5, 2011 , The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.

Source: Film Journal, Box Office

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  1. The 1st Avenger is the 1st epic comic movies adaption

  2. I accept that certain changes are often neccesary for a comics to movie adaption BUT if we have learned anything from previous super hero movies its this :if you screw too much with the source material you will bury the movie.
    I want this movie to work , so please Mr Johnston respect the source material as best you can.

  3. I really am curious to see how this film turns out. Should be a real treat, and while the talk of a “different direction” does worry me, Marvel is building a good track record with its latest films. I'm willing to give some benefit of the doubt here.

  4. Joe Johnston is starting to worry me. He doesn't sound like he has things going in the right direction and Cap'n better not go down the same road as the Wolfman with all the bad press. To me, it just seems like Joe is not taking this as seriously as he should and I haven't seen anything from him in the past ten years that shows he can handle Cap'n.

  5. That's what I'm worried about as well. If they stuck to the source material, I think the movie would be just fine. The material is rich enough. I really do worry about the deviation. But luckily, I do think that this is something where they CAN afford to deviate, even though deviation is normally bad. As long as they make the earlier stuff parallel the comics (him not cutting it for the Army, then being enrolled in Operation: Rebirth), and hopefully close the same way with Rogers and Bucky falling off of a plane and Rogers being frozen in the ocean, they can more or less put whatever they want in between as far as missions and battle scenes. His tour in WWII is something that can be varied up because the specific missions don't mean as much to the story as Cap's valor and sense of justice. I just hope they won't deviate TOO much, and I actually think Marvel knows what they're doing here. I hate trusting anyone who deviates from the source, but for some reason I've found a good balance between comfort and worrying, here.

  6. Marvel is 2 for 2, and Iron Man 2 is looking great, but they are not infallible. I hope they may made the right choice for the director's chair for this film. I have high hopes for Thor… I WANT to have high hopes for this, but you gotta give me something Joe!

  7. Marvel Studios has had ONE good film, Iron Man. The rest remain to be seen including Iron Man 2. Seems like Junior has gotten a bit too full of himself along with Fav. Incredible Hulk was terrible.

  8. 2 for 2? Let's be real here. Hulk was disappointing on many levels.

  9. This new “interview” with Johnston comes too quickly on the heels of his last interview. Clearly this is damage control. The majority of the feedback was largely negative. This new snippet doesn't change anything. Instead it reinforces what I fear. This isn't going to be the Captain America epic I'm hoping will make it to the big screen.

  10. “But at the heart of it, it’s a story about this kid who all he wants to do is fit in.” So, this is going to be a coming of age story? I've feared for a long time that a good Capt. America movie couldn’t be made with today's politically correct sensibilities. I’m sure the true concept of Capt. America is considered too jingoistic, so the theme will be some watered down rubbish about “a boy who wants to fit in.”

  11. Where did that picture come from? If it's an example of what the WWII-era Cap will look like, then I like it. I hope they include some of the stuff from the Fabian Nicieza limited-series Cap origin. It was a pretty good retelling of his story. I also liked the John Byrne version, that had some good visual elements that could be used. I like the depiction of his helmet as being just a regular helmet painted up with the A and the goggles. It's missing the mini eagle wings but that can be excused. Yeah, I don't know about Johnston as director but I guess they gotta pick someone and he has a resume.

  12. To everyone who is complaining about not sticking to the source material, think about this, why do they have to be so strict and keep to the material to the letter? Not all of the source material is perfect, there has to be a place for artictic interpretation, or you negver get anything new.
    Batman Begins is a prime example. It uses the source material but in a way never utilised before, and becomes a completely original take.

    And the picture at the top of this article, if the movie is anything like that then I will be happy. I have faith in Joe Johnston, he gave me The Rocketeer which I love.

  13. Oh, oh, straying from the source is what got us a 5'8″ Frank Castle stalking the sunny streets of Miami! I am also rather disheartened to see that they will concentrate on the origin story as those usually make for a boring first movie – the origin should be worked in as a flashback, or at the very least it should be no more than the first 10-15 pages of the script.

    I'll bet that three years after it comes out they reboot it!

  14. Surely this needs to focus on the origin story, that is Captain America story. And the WW2 setting is going to make this very interesting. Its nice to see chances being taken rather than sticking with the safe stuff.

    Some Superheroes dont require an origin because it is so engrained in the worlds psyche, like Superman or Spiderman, but to be honest Captain America isnt as well know as a lot of heroes, and needs this origin story.

  15. I agree and disagree… there is being strict, bending a little then breaking it completely.

    While Capt America could be the quintessential “kid fitting in” (becasue of his stature he could not fit into the Military so he agreed to help in other ways just so he could) those words make it sound like a, dare I say it, Twilight type film.

    The backbone of Captain America can stay true to the source material. Not be hard for the general public to swallow and still be exciting.

    Why people have to go off and say stuff like:
    It’s not going to be a Captain America that you expect. It’s something different. It is influenced by the comic book, but it goes off in a completely different direction.

    Is beyond me. Who is “you” in that you? Is it my wife that as long as there is action and a decent story could care less if Steve Rogers was abducted by aliens and given his powers to fight the Japanese after the Trade Center disaster?

    Or is the “you” people that knew Captain America was around during the WW as a fighter for Truth Justice in the American way using “super powers” gained from the Military..

    Or is the “you” people like me that know a lot more about the Captain, his loves, his origins, leadership ability, super powers, no super powers, WW, Invaders etc…

    Maybe he was referring to the people that do not expect a true “Cap” origin. To be the Captain we know he had to have had experience (tactical, leadership, fighting, “smarts”, etc) before he washed up as a Red, White and Blue popsicle. “We” know how and where he got this others dont.

    And yes The Rocketeer was excellent. You could almost believe you were reading a Stevens book without having to flip the page.

  16. is this movie considered a reboot because of the 1990 cap movie

  17. Ya this is my most anticpated comic movie for sure it can truly be epic and awsome and real bad at the same time real easy if they start throwing political stuff in there. back when this charactor was created peoples perception of America was very different. Back when people had pride in there country now we have to many treehuggers so i can see this movie getting alot of bad press.

  18. You mean I cant like nature and all things related and still love and support my country with a big stick?

    Whats more political then a war? Politics failed…war was inevitable.

    Also Cap has changed a little/lot since he was created even in the comics.

    Could you explain how it would recieve bad press?

  19. As for the Lead Role for Cap…
    I've given this a lot of thought, Actor ages, experiences, 'looks the part', (esp 'can pull it off') I've come up with a single choice:

    Mark Valley (Christopher Chance) in FOX's 'Human Target'

    He can handle the lead roll, stunts, humor, action and above all I think that 'making us believe he IS Captain America' is his strongest suit.
    Please let me know what you think! I've got his Shield to work on…

    All the Best,

    ~ Stark

  20. As for the Lead Role for Cap…
    I've given this a lot of thought, Actor ages, experiences, 'looks the part', (esp 'can pull it off') I've come up with a single choice:

    Mark Valley (Christopher Chance) in FOX's 'Human Target'

    He can handle the lead roll, stunts, humor, action and above all I think that 'making us believe he IS Captain America' is his strongest suit.
    Please let me know what you think! I've got his Shield to work on…

    All the Best,

    ~ Stark

  21. The Hulk was solid, I don't think you can make a better film about that character.

  22. ya, the Ang Lee one.

  23. Lol, they're pretending that never happened.

  24. Thanks, Magnus, I'll look into it.

  25. Magnus, let me know if this is still an issue – I made some changes to the site today that hopefully will address that sort of problem… (I hope).

  26. Yeah, Incredible Hulk was far superior to Ang Lee's mess of a film…

  27. everything is ok now, thnx for what u did:)

  28. It is influenced by the comic book, but it goes off in a completely different direction?! I hope they don´t screw up…