CATEGORIES Action, Paramount, Scripts, DIY/Filmmaking, Comic/Superhero/Geek, War, Movie News, CinematicalWhile many may be waiting for those first official shots from Thor, the rumor mill has promptly turned its attention to The First Avenger: Captain America, particularly since Joe Johnston is all done with The Wolfman. Little tidbits have been popping up all over our great and wide Internet, and while they don't reveal anything very new, you can comfort yourself that the wheels are still turning.
A few weeks ago, Johnston gave an interview with Box Office that revealed his take on the character. "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 ... He was this 98-pound weakling, he was this wimp, and he's transformed instantly into this Adonis. You'd think he got everything he wanted. Well, he didn't get everything he wanted. The rules change at that point and his life gets even more complicated and dire ... 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 too 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."
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This week, Johnston revealed to Film Journal that he was deep in prepwork with production designer Rick Heinrichs "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." Something tells me Paramount and Marvel Studios won't skimp on the production values. Go crazy, guys!
For the millionth time, he assured Cap fans that it'll be set in WW2 and begin in 1942 or 1943. "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."
So, is Cap heading in the right direction? Or are you already furious with what vision Johnston has in mind?