Johnston talks Captain America

"Not a Captain America that you'll expect”


With his Wolfman remake almost upon us (despite something of a protracted production), Joe Johnston is moving swiftly on to his next project.

Which just so happens to be a little film called Captain America. Talking with, Johnston hinted that the movie version of the comic book series will break new ground that sets it apart from its origins.

He said: “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.

“The great thing about Captain America is he's a super hero without any super powers. Which is why this story, among the hundreds of super hero stories, appealed to me the most. He can't fly, he can't see through walls, he can't do any of that stuff.

"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.”

Sounds like Johnston has a fair grasp on the character. And we’re excited to see a superhero flick that isn’t set in the present day. As The Incredibles proved, anybody with a GPS and an evil plan can be a superhero/villain these days.

The director also goes on to talk up the fourth Jurassic Park, which might not be quite as extinct as we all assumed.

“There is going to be a Jurassic Park IV," he says. "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.”

Honestly, we’ve got reboots flying up everywhere nowadays. If it’s not Spidey, it’s Scream. If it’s not Scream, it’s Jurassic Park.  Seriously people, leave them alone!

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 14th 2010, 9:03

      Aaron Eckhart for Captain America. Not thrilled about Jurassic Park IV but #3 wasn't that bad.

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    • HomicidalClown

      Jan 14th 2010, 10:55

      Aaron would be pretty good, but I've been wanting Ethan Hawke as Cap lately.

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    • Devilangeldude

      Jan 14th 2010, 11:35

      “The great thing about Captain America is he's a super hero without any super powers. Which is why this story, among the hundreds of super hero stories, appealed to me the most. He can't fly, he can't see through walls, he can't do any of that stuff. Batman, Robin, Punisher, Green Arrow, All but one of The Watchmen, what does he mean Captain America appealed to him the most. Rather it was the only one offered to him. There's at least a hundred characters from Marvel and DC with no powers. Besides Capt. America does have some kind of power - he's an enhanced human being through experimentation. I'm not sure this director has read the comics properly

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    • bogman2099

      Jan 14th 2010, 12:20

      now is not the time to be complacent,iron man was faithful and on reading reports on thor it too will faithfuly done,cap can is on paper the most easiest character to do but he is a hard character to nail down just take spiderman they ran out steam on him and now they have to reboot him ,but the marvel guys are running the show now and trust in them and not hollywood EXCELSIOR!!!!

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    • joelandrews

      Jan 14th 2010, 12:40

      will ferrel for captain america. transform it into a comedy. just 4 tuh lulz

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    • markrobertson

      Jan 14th 2010, 13:44

      I am actually really excited about the prospect of a new Jurassic Park movie.I agree with Ali1748 that JP 3 was no masterpiece but it amused and entertained in the right places. My only hope is that they go darker - READ: No bloody computer hacking/gymnastic/parachuting kids!

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    • Argentus

      Jan 15th 2010, 13:04

      Bring on the Nazi supervillains or the commies. Hopefully it will be like Ultimate Avengers. Fight alien Nazis, get frozen, get thawed, fight hulk, fight thor, fight off invasion of america TWICE!!!

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    • SonicAssassin64

      Jan 18th 2010, 14:06

      I really wish that some of these Directors get their high horse and actually pay homage and have respect for MARVEL'S treatment of characters. It's what made those characters popular in the first place and any adaptation that steers away from faithfully portraying these characters on the big screen isn't worth it. It's a bit like watching a counterfeit representation with an associated cringe factor. Respect the original source material and you'll have the loyalty of a huge comic book fan base. I have stopped going to see any super hero flick that Fox Abattoirs churn out because of their complete disregard and butchering of the X-Men. No continuity or strong character development and the character ages are all over the place. Expect to see X-Men Origins:First Class done in "Twilight" style targeting the teen market, again not resembling the graphic novels of the same name in any way shape or form. In fact it's just the convoluted vision of a director who doesn't care what the fans want. And again Fox turning the Fantastic Four into a kiddies comedy was another atrocious attempt. X-Men Origins:Wolverine was the first film I didn't see at the cinema. I did however receive the DVD as a Xmas present. Boy am I glad I didn't waste my money. Other than the cinematography and some action scenes, the rest was c**p! Fox and Sony ought to take a good hard look at MARVEL STUDIOS and realise the reason "Iron Man" & "The Incredible Hulk" were a success is because the people they hire know and respect the comic books and use that for their inspiration and benchmark. Further more Christopher Nolan should run a Master Class that teaches Directors how to approach the Super Hero medium from a mature perspective giving some of these movies a degree of realism in a manner similar to how comic books have progressed over the last 25 years or so.

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