Captain America

What does The First Avenger: Captain America director Joe Johnston mean when he says of the film, “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”?

We know a few things about the film so far: it’s largely a WWII period piece, and an origin tale for the super-solider Captain America. Expect more news about Cap to start coming in soon as Johnston hits the promo trail for The Wolfman, which he directed for Universal. The first salvo of new info just hit, and even though he prefaces it with that quote above, it is a logical spin on the character…I think.

Johnston talked to BoxOffice.com, and succinctly described his take on the first Avenger:

He’s an every man who’s been given this amazing gift of transformation into the perfect specimen—the pinnacle of human perfection. How does that affect him? What does that mean for him emotionally and psychologically? 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.

I suppose I can see that. Skinny kid Steve Rogers is given a serum that transforms him into a perfect physical specimen, then realizes that life doesn’t just get easy from there. OK, that’s a starting point. And Captain America has always had a brooding side. He always wants to do more, and often feels that he could have been more effective in a given situation. Some writers have him expecting a lot of others and feeling disappointment with himself when his leadership doesn’t elevate them to a higher standard.

So long as there’s no ‘emo Spider-Man’ edge to this portrayal, it’ll probably work.

Also, back in November, Johnston had mentioned a new Jurassic Park film to AICN. Now he says, “there is going to be a Jurassic Park IV. And it’s going to be unlike anything you’ve seen. It breaks away from the first three—it’s essentially the beginning of the second Jurassic Park trilogy. It’s going to be done in a completely different way. That’s pretty much all I can tell you.”

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