Captain America: The First Avenger: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast 2:28.1

And What Did You Do This Weekend?: Chris Evans wins the war for the Allies in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
And What Did You Do This Weekend?: Chris Evans wins the war for the Allies in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.

We’re betting Paramount would’ve preferred that CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER had come out on the Memorial Day or July 4th weekends. However, martial-arts-happy animals and big-ass robots claimed those two slots, so here we are in later summer, trying to get our patriotism back for a red-white-and-blue bedecked super hero doing his bit for mom, apple pie, and gas-guzzling cars in the thick of WWII. Does director Joe Johnston’s ROCKETEER-tested period style work its magic for this final bit of table setting before next year’s THE AVENGERS? Are two hours enough time for an origin story, rescue adventure, and ultimate clash between good and evil? And where the hell are all the Nazis? Join Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons as they discuss these issues and more.
Also in this episode: Dan gives his capsule review of the moody, science-fiction drama, ANOTHER EARTH.

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Full 'Captain America' Trailer

Via Marvel’s Youtube page, the full trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, which concentrates on Steve Roger’s (Chris Evans) desire to serve and his transformation from a frail 4-F to the American super-soldier.
Don’t care for the trailer music at all, but otherwise, I think it’s fairly impressive. Interesting to see Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) playing such an intergral role in Project Rebirth (or whatever it’s called in the movie).

CAptain America and the Howling Commandos
Captain America and the Howling Commandos

Official Synopsis:
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe, when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.
As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving.)

In theaters in 2-D and post-generated 3-D July 22nd from Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios.

More Capt. America Footage

Entertainment Tonight served up this promo for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER last night.
Things are starting to look interesting for this first big-budget adaptation of the venerable Marvel Comics character.
The Joe Johnston-directed, Chris Evans-starring film hits theaters July 22nd from Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures.
(Via RACentral’s YouTube Page)

Official Red Skull Photo

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Entertainment Weekly offers this first official still of Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
 
From previous statements, it seems the character’s appearance is a mixture of make-up and digital effects.

 
 Speaking to director Joe Johnston, it appears that one of the themes of the movie is that the Super-Soldier serum tends to bring out the subject’s inner self, transforming the good-hearted Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) into the heroic Captain America, and the Nazi Johann Schimdt into a malignant monster.
This paralleling of Captain America and the Red Skull was also seen in the barely released 1990 CAPTAIN AMERICA film, but Johnston says in the article he never saw that version.
Originally in the comics, the first Red Skull was an American Nazi sympathizer/agent named Maxon who simply wore a mask to conceal his identity.
Eventually his supposed spymaster, the “original” Red Skull was introduced. He was supposed to be Adolph Hitler’s personally-trained protege, the ultimate Nazi—bizzarrely costumed and masked to help instill terror in his subordinates and victims. So good was he at this work, it was said that Hitler himself began to fear the Skull.
Like the Steve Rogers Cap, he survived into the modern day via suspended animation, his name disclosed in time to be the non-descript Johann Schmidt.
During the cold war another Red Skull, retroactively revealed to be the Communist agent Albert Malik, assumed the role. He fought a retconned Captain America successor, and eventually caused the deaths of Peter Parker’s secret agent parents.
 

Alan Silvestri to Score 'Capt. America'

captainamerica_Emp_artAccording to Film Music Reporter.com, Alan Silvestri (JUDGE DREDD, THE A-TEAM [2010]) will write the film score for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENEGER.
This was apparently an unexpected choice, as it is the first time the compser has worked with director Joe Johnston (THE ROCKETEER).
Alan Menken (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS) is reportedly also on board, presumably to write songs for Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) stint with the USO. Perhaps he might also write some period “source” music.

Captain America Pics, Comments

EmpireOnline is featuring new pictures and comments from the makers of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.

Empire Magazine, March 2011
Empire Magazine, March 2011

According to Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige:
“Scripts had been developed that took place half in World War Two, half in the modern day and none of those scripts were particularly successful because the costume ended up overshadowing the man. So we finally said, ‘If we could make a Captain America movie any way we wanted to make it, how would we make it?’  Well, we’d set the entire movie in the past, in that period, with all of the Marvel trimmings. And so we made the fun, kick-ass Captain America movie we wanted to.”
Director Joe Johnston said: “I’ve always loved Raiders (of the Lost Ark) and the tone that it had… It was period but didn’t feel like it was made in the period. It felt like a modern-day film about the period, which is what we’re doing on CAPTAIN AMERICA. It will not feel like a war movie. It’s funny where it needs to be and emotional where it needs to be and serious and full of action.”
captainamerica_Emp_artStar Chris Evans is dquote as saying “I think he’s the ideal human… Not just American. It’s what being a good person is. Steve’s managed to overcome all the shortcomings he’s had in life and he does what’s good and what he believes is right.”

Regarding Kevin Feige’s comments about Captain America’s costume, I really have to say: “WTF?” Are you sure you get the basic concepts of  costumed superheroes? NEVER be ashamed, worried, or self-concious about their iconic, established and time-honored appearance. Because if you are ambivalent, the attitude will likely be reflected in the film, to its detriment.  
Worry about the plot, acting and truthfulness to the published and popular source material, and not so much the material of the costume.
Sure, make the costume the best that you can, avoid shiny spandex if possible, use a darker or muted color pallete if you must, but don’t get hung up on the “will the costume be acceptable to a non-comic book audience?” question. In my view,  the believability of the characters’ actions, motivations and story is what’s important,  even to the the casual movie-goer.  
So much of what is coming out of the makers of this Captain America film seems so tone-deaf towards the character and his long-time appeal, and full of a desire to distance themselves from the comic book — particularly the original, patriotic aspects of this intensely patriotic character, created intentionally to present and espouse all the best ideals of the country.
Hopefully, all this apparent avoidance and equivocation we’re hearing from some of them regarding the source material and the character will not  undermine  the finished film.
 (Stepping off soap-box, now.)
The full story will be featured in the March issue of Empire Magazine, which should hit stands in the UK Feb. 3rd, and probably by week’s end in the US.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER is due in theaters July 22nd, in 2-D and post-converted 3-D.

Capt. America in Action – Photo

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From The L.A. Times, here’s the first official picture of Chris Evans as Cap in an action scene from Marvel Entertaiment’s upcoming CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
The outfit, properly photographically graded, is starting to grow on me a bit, I must admit.
Look for Captain America to hit the screen July 22nd.

Chris Evans in Full 'Capt. America' Suit

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Scanned from  Entertainment Weekly, via SuperheroHype, here’s a new shot of Chris Evans as CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
Very Ultimate Captain America, I guess. The ‘hero’ costume doesn’t look much better on Eveans than the ill-fitting one did on his stuntman.
What was wrong with the idea of a form-fitting chain-mail shirt, anyway? They were actually tried  in World War I & II.  And why is it powder blue, and not say, a dark navy/indigo, like the America flag? Grumble…
Gotta admit those Hydra goons (I  assume) have a definite Jack Kirby vibe to them.