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Old November 10 2008, 08:46 AM   #1
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Captain America has a director...

...and it's Joe Johnston.

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/39036

Good choice, I think--definitely the right sensibilities for the job.
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Old November 10 2008, 09:01 AM   #2
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Re: Captain America has a director...

Good Choice

Love The Rocketeer and October Sky. As you say, he has the right sensibilities for this.
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Old November 10 2008, 09:16 AM   #3
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Not a bad pick at all.
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Old November 10 2008, 09:23 AM   #4
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I think he really wanted this.
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Old November 10 2008, 03:33 PM   #5
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Re: Captain America has a director...

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Good Choice

Love The Rocketeer and October Sky. As you say, he has the right sensibilities for this.

Yeah. He's a good choice.
If Captain America is even half as fun and brilliant as The Rocketeer...it'll still be great.
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Old November 10 2008, 05:23 PM   #6
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Loved October Sky so he' done very good work before. Haven't seen The Rocketeer though.
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Old November 10 2008, 05:53 PM   #7
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They really have to drop "First Avenger" from the title. how dopey sounding. "Captain America" really evokes a modern sensibility
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Old November 10 2008, 06:36 PM   #8
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They really have to drop "First Avenger" from the title. how dopey sounding. "Captain America" really evokes a modern sensibility
Huh?

Captain America is going to be a very hard sell overseas (maybe even to a good portion of the American public), where he's generally seen as a meatheaded jingoistic thug (a cause not helped by Ultimate Cap actually being written as a meatheaded jingoistic thug) (though Obama being elected is probably good for a Cap movie; by the time the movie opens America's image can be improved significantly); "First Avenger" is tying a dubiously saleable concept to a far more saleable one.

Seems like a decent choice for director; October Sky has some of the same motifs as a Cap origin story, actually (and, of course, The Rocketeer (I've never actually seen that)).
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Old November 10 2008, 08:36 PM   #9
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^ You should rent or buy it. It's great fun. Don't expect anything of the calibre of Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Dark Knight, but it is a fun, feelgood comic adapation that deserved to do better at the box office.

The other thing about The Rocketeer is that it's very much in the vein of a Cap movie. WW2 setting, Nazi baddies, tongue-in-cheek, but not camp, respectful to its comic origins, patriotic without being cheesy and a lot of fun. So I hope JJ harkens back to it a bit when making Captain America - though this movie needs to be bigger, bolder and better.

On that subject, Timothy Dalton for the Red Skull, anyone?
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Old November 10 2008, 09:12 PM   #10
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The Rocketeer was fun, so I guess he's a natural choice for Captain America (I didn't even think of him!). I think he could do good. Not a great choice, but decent enough.
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Old November 10 2008, 09:22 PM   #11
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Captain America is going to be a very hard sell overseas (maybe even to a good portion of the American public), where he's generally seen as a meatheaded jingoistic thug (a cause not helped by Ultimate Cap actually being written as a meatheaded jingoistic thug) .
A good portion of the American public hasn't read a comic in years, if ever, and wouldn't see him as anything but a cheesy costumed hero.

And the overseas market, they can redub and reedit the movie so Cap's the villain.
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Old November 10 2008, 09:44 PM   #12
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I loved The Rocketeer and October Sky but "Jurassic Park 3" was mediocre and "Jumanji" was meh

So he's an okay director. He won't come and totally revamp Captain America into some stripper who wore a Miss America suit and was killed LOL
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Old November 10 2008, 09:46 PM   #13
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You don't like Jumanji?! I used to love that movie as a kid. It was great, great fun that somehow still managed to be creepy and kind of still manages to creep me out to this day...
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Old November 10 2008, 09:51 PM   #14
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Captain America is going to be a very hard sell overseas (maybe even to a good portion of the American public), where he's generally seen as a meatheaded jingoistic thug (a cause not helped by Ultimate Cap actually being written as a meatheaded jingoistic thug) .
A good portion of the American public hasn't read a comic in years, if ever, and wouldn't see him as anything but a cheesy costumed hero.

And the overseas market, they can redub and reedit the movie so Cap's the villain.

What's this assumption that everyone overseas will hate Captain America? People all over the world go to see Spielberg and Michael Bay movies, laden as they are with US patriotism. I'm a liberal leftie who doesn't like much of US foreign policy (but not American people!) and I'll be going to see this movie, unless it gets Battlefield Earth type reviews. Few would argue with the US' role in WWII and people can tell that this is a f*cking fantasy figure, FFS!

Besides, since the election of Barak Obama, everyone loves America again!
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Old November 10 2008, 10:27 PM   #15
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I'll grant Michael Bay, but since when have Spielberg films featured overt US patriotism? I suppose you could argue the total lack of non-yank allied troops in 'Saving Private Ryan' showed a tiny bit of bias but have you seen 'Amistad'? We got to be the heroes for a change!

As for this director; he seams to be competent to say the least. He made what I would call a "modern" superhero movie about a decade before anyone else and unlike allot of action adventure films made around the same time, 'Rocketeer' holds up quite well.

Just an idle thought, but I wonder if they plan on having Stark's father somehow involved in the 'Captain America' move, to further tie the eventual film franchise together. For one thing, he been described as basically the Howard Hughes of the Marvel Universe and was around at the time and if I recall the Stark scene in 'Incredible Hulk' implies that Tony knew all about the old Super-Soldier program...then of course there's the fact he has THE sheild. Just a thought.
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