Capt. America Tidbits – Plus Clip

Here’s some news from behind the scenes of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
First off, fansite EarthsMightiest spoke with THE AVENGERS writer/director Joss Whedon, who revealed that he did a little “script doctor” work on CAPTAIN AMERICA.

“I just got to make some character connections.”The structure of the thing was really tight and I loved it, but there were a couple of opportunities to find his voice a little bit — and some of the other characters — and make the connections so that you understood exactly why he wanted to be who he wanted to be. And progressing through the script to flesh it out a little bit.”

Being a script doctor can be a frustrating exercise, because you’re working on other people material and ideas, often without credit.  However Whedon seemed to enjoy this stint. 

CaptainAmerica_M“It’s fun in this case because, A, they’ll actually use the things I wrote, which is rare; and, B, it’s a fun puzzle to go in and say, ‘Okay, this is what works, this is what needs to be connected, and here are some key moments.’ Then the third thing is that it takes place in the ’40s, so I got to write ’40s dialogue, and that’s never not fun!” featured a behind the scenes video tour from Hey UGuys! of a CAPTAIN AMERICA location in England that was used as a US Army encampment. the elaborated dressing included tents, tanks and a USO stage, on which the star-spangled avenger appeared.
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Joe Johnston on 'Captain America'

Captain_America__P_CropThe LA Times featured a few words from Joe Johnston (THE ROCKETEER) about CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.

“We’re sort of putting a slightly different spin on Steve Rogers. He’s a guy that wants to serve his country, but he’s not a flag-waver. We’re reinterpreting, sort of, what the comic book version of Steve Rogers was.”
He wants to serve his country, but he’s not this sort of jingoistic American flag-waver, he’s just a good person.
We make a point of that in the script: Don’t change who you are once you go from Steve Rogers to this super-soldier; you have to stay who you are inside, that’s really what’s important more than your strength and everything. It’ll be interesting and fun to put a different spin on the character and one that the fans are really going to appreciate.”

Why does it so often seem that Hollywood filmmakers tend to take exactly the wrong messages from comic books?
The Captain America of the comics, particulary in the WWII era, was indeed a “flag-waver”. He should be: he’s the symbol of all the postive ideals of the country. He is also its premiere solider. This is not a conflict.
You can be a very patriotic and proud of your country without being jingoistic. Jingoism is defined as a kind of extremism, a highly aggressive or even belligerent form of nationalism that favors warfare as the primary tool of statescraft.
Patriotism on the other hand, is a variety of idealism; a loyalty to and love of your country, pride in its values and of the welfare of your fellow citizens.
And that, I think, is the perfect description of who Steve Rogers has always been, whether or not he agreed with whatever policy was currently in force.
New Promo picture via YahooMovies

Evans On Capt. America's Look

Empire was talking to CAPTAIN AMERICA:THE FIRST AVENGER star Chris Evans about the Marvel Comics superhero’s costume and mighty shield.
Evans revealed the following:

“It’s an amazing costume. Given the fact that his costume is red, white and blue, and it’s tight, and it could be kind of flash and over the top – and given the fact that the movie takes place in the ‘40s and ‘50s – they’ve done a really good job of making it look really cool.”

The 40’s AND 50’s? Did Evans have a slip of the tongue here, or is the film’s time frame wider than expected? In the current comics continuity, the Steve Rogers Capt. America was in suspended animation from the end of WWII until being discovered and revived by the Avengers.
Various individuals donned the costume in the post-war period, though none could really fill his boots.
On Cap’s famous shield:

“We’ve been testing a lot of shields. Last time I was in London they had six shields and I had to hold each one, see if I was comfortable with each one, see which one we all thought had the right look. The thing is pretty heavy, so I’m not sure I can throw it that far! I’ll give it my best shot, but hopefully they’ll have some sort of stunt shield when it comes to actually chucking it!”

Shield-tossing could be an action highlight, likely using CGI. Has the dreaded 3-D word been mentioned for the production?

Confirmed: Tommy Lee Jones In Capt. America

TOMMY LEEVariety has confirmed that Tommy Lee Jones is indeed playing U.S. Army Colonel in Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
In the comics Gen. Phillips recruited Rogers to join Project Rebirth, the top secret super-soldier program.
The article suggests the character with be “re-vamped” for the film. Presumably that means the part will be larger, as it’s expected much of the plot the will center on Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) transformation and eventual full assumption of his duties as Captain America, after being at first side-lined by a cautious military.
Tommy Lee Jones joins other cast members Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough, and Hugo Weaving.
Joe Johnston (THE ROCKETEER) directs from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER is set for a July 22nd release by Paramount Pictures.

Tucci Joins 'Captain America'

According to an official announcement by Marvel Studios, Stanley Tucci (THE LOVELY BONES) has been signed to play ‘Dr. Abraham Erskine’ in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
In the comics, Erskine was first known as “Dr. Reinstein”, and drawn somewhat like Albert Einstein. When re-vamped decades later, it was revealed that Reinstein was simply a code name for Erskine, an attempt to conceal the “Operation: Rebirth” super-soldier program that transformed the scrawny Steve Rogers into the perfect human fighting man. (Note: the experiment has also been called Project Rebirth)
In other CAPTAIN AMERICA news, actor Neal McDonough (TINMAN) confirmed to MTV that he was indeed signed to play ‘Dum-Dum’ Duggan in the film. He’s already begun growing the mustache, and plans to wear the character’s trademark bowler hat.
McDonough mentioned that the name of his unit, ‘The Howling Commandos’, may change for the movie, and that his contract is for more than one film.

'Avengers' & 'Capt. America' Casting

jeremy_rennerAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios is in negotiations with Jeremy Renner (28 WEEKS LATER, THE HURT LOCKER) to play the role of Hawkeye in THE AVENGERS.
Marvel’s interest in the actor is not news, online sources have mentioned the rumors since last fall, the piece notes.
Hawkeye is the purple & blue-clad Clint Barton, master bowman, simliar to DC’s Green Arrow. Though not a founding member of the group, Hawkeye — a misguided villain-turned-hero — actually joined The Avengers fairly early in the book’s run. (Avengers #16, 1965)
THR believes the Joss Whedon-helmed film will feature Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), War Machine (Don Cheadle), The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
Having War Machine AND Iron Man seems redundant, as they’re both guys is different colored high-tech armor. Perhaps Tony Stark will be an advisor, as suggested in IRON MAN 2, and not suit up until the final battle.
The Hulk may appear, though no deal with Ed Norton is known to be in place. Since the Hulk is essentially a CGI character, it may not be necessary to see his alter-ego Bruce Banner in THE AVENGERS.
In other Marvel movie casting news, Neal McDonough (TIN MAN) NUP_106739_0036 is said to be in talks for the role of “Dum Dum” Dugan For CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger.
Dugan was the red-haired, handlebar mustache-sporting, bowler hat-wearing right hand man of Nick Fury’s WWII ‘Howling Commandos’ in the comics.
How the film with handle any time period/continuity troubles is anybody’s guess, at this point.

'Captain America' Costume Revealed?

CaptainAmerica_MLooks like images posted at Ain’t It Cool News of Chris Evans’ costume for CAPTAIN AMERICA might actually be the real deal.
Seems to be inspired in part by the Ultimates Capt. America costume. (Click pic for larger version)
I think they missed a very obvious choice; rather than two red straps, they could have made the red & white stripes of the costume armor plates, sewn together under impact-resistant fabric for flexibility—just like real bullet-proof vests.  And what’s with the BROWN boots and gloves, the fillmmakers have never seen Red or at least “Oxblood” shoe polish, which was quite popular in the WWII time-frame?
The design reminds me of an armored-up version of the 1944CA_S_CL2 Republic serial C.A. costume, in which Cap went without wings on his cowl, and caried a gun.  In that fim,  Captain America was not  ‘super-soldier’ Steve Rogers, but instead frustated with red-tape District Attorney Grant Gardner (Dick Purcell).
Could be a lot worse, though. The good Captain has never had good luck on the silver screen.
On TV in 1979, the producers changed the costume  and “improved” the character into Evel Knievel on steriods—a tactic that subverted the Living Legend in to a figure of tacky triviality that seemed more like sabotage than adaptation.
Witness poor Reb Brown below:
captA_TV  He even LOOKS a little embarrassed.
Hollywood seems to have a fear of costumed superheroes and larger-than-life characters and storylines. Often, the creatives there appear to need to either turn them into camp or satire, or choose to water them down into mundane shadows of their four-color originals.
Of course, even when they get Captain America’s costume right from a basic design standpoint, the execution of the costume (and movie) can be disappointing, as we can see from Cannon’s barely-released  CAPTAIN AMERICA (1990). Capta_90s
So, I can’t complain too much about the costume changes for director Joe Johnston and Marvel Studio’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. 
One can hope at least that their hearts are in the right place to do justice to the comic book icon.

UPDATED: Hugo Weaving Playing Captain America's Nemesis, Gets Sidekick

Actor Hugo Weaving
Actor Hugo Weaving

It’s been rumoured for a while now but Marvel have sent out an official press release stating that Hugo Weaving (THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE MATRIX) has been cast as Red Skull, the main antagonist in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER is the latest Marvel superhero to get the Hollywood adaptation treatment and focuses on Steve Rogers (AKA Captain America), a sickly young man who was enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum in order to aid the United States war effort. In the comics Red Skull had various different incarnations, but the film he’ll be a Nazi officer personally groomed by the one and only Adolph Hitler to spread terror and intimidation. After wreaking chaos throughout Europe, he’s eventually clashes with Captain America.
Hugo Weaving, as we all know, can play a great villain and that he’s officially on for the film is good news. Weaving will be joining a cast that already includes Chris Evans (FANTASTIC FOUR, SUNSHINE) and Hayley Atwell (MANSFIELD PARK, THE DUCHESS). Joe Johnston (THE WOLFMAN, THE ROCKETEER) is directing CAPTAIN AMERICA which starts shooting in the UK next month, ready for a July 2011 release date.
UPDATE: Toby Jones (THE MIST, HARRY POTTER) has signed on to play Arnim Zola, a mad scientist and another of Captain America’s antagonists. In the comics Zola is an expert biochemist and geneticist working for the Nazis creating clones and monstrous beings.

Captain America and his Love Interest Get Closer

Actress Alice Eve
Actress Alice Eve

According to E! Online the casting of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER’s female lead has been narrowed down today. English actresses Alice Eve (STARTER FOR 10, SEX AND THE CITY 2) and Hayley Atwell (THE DUCHESS, LOVE HATE) have both been called back for second test screenings.

The part is for Peggy Carter whom is basically Captain America’s love interest in the comics. Casting news for the feisty heroine has been rife lately; even Keira Knightley was mooted as a possible actress. Now it seems like it’s down to either Eve or Atwell, with a result likely next week. Which actress would you prefer to get the part?
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER is due for release on the 22nd of July, 2011.

Captain America Cast Grows

Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan

Hot on the heels of the Chris Evans as Captain America announcement comes the news that Sebastian Stan ( THE COVENANT, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE) has been cast as his side-kick, Bucky Barnes, in the upcoming big-budget film adaptation of CAPTAIN AMERICA.
In the comics Bucky Barnes was a teenage orphan, eager to join the army but too young to enlist so instead became a mascot. It’s during this career change that he discovers Captain America’s true identity and becomes his partner, only to be killed off at the end of World War II and then resurrected in 2005.
Interestingly enough, Sebastian Stan was actually in the runnings to play Captain America himself at one point until Evans took the role. The shoot for CAPTAIN AMERICA is set to start this summer, with a 22nd of July, 2011 release date expected.