Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cap director says Steve Rogers "not a flag waver"


Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston told the Los Angeles Times the screen version of the hero will be true to his roots up to a certain point.

"We're sort of putting a slightly different spin on Steve Rogers," said Joe Johnston, "He's a guy that wants to serve his country but he's not a flag-waver. We're reinterpretating 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," Johnston added. "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."

This ... doesn't ... feel ... right. I'm not militant about cannon, like most of the overly-prescious comic book nerds out there. But still, Steve Rogers had nothing in life but his passion for America. He was sickly, his mom died, he had no money ... all he had was that flag to love. Why must they take that away too? It's the 1940s, people were still patriotic then!

If Chris Evans comes of as douchey and too-cool-for-school, I'm gonna be really disappointed. The Cap movie that's been playing in my head all these years has been a characters study of the man under the mask: the tortured soul that is Steve Rogers. A man out of time. A man who doesn't fit in as an invalid, or a perfect human specimen. He's a man who can't find love, so he gives all he has to an ideal, to a country and its people.

In my head, the movie is almost a tragedy with depressing 1970s-style Kung Fu music. I can't quite describe it, so I'll quit now.