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Marvel Studio’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” is a near-$200 million dollar movie, or thereabouts. That’s a lot of dough, folks. Which means Marvel is going to need a hell of a lot more than just a moviegoing American public to turn a profit. Like, you know, an international box office audience. Which may explain why the studio and director Joe Johnston seems to already be tempering expectations that “Captain America” will be overly pro-American. Mind you, not that I think Johnston is saying the good Cap will be making speeches about the evils of American foreign policy or anything, but he sure seems to be hedging his bets a tad.
Johnston tells the LATimes about his (and we presume, the studio and script’s) approach to the movie:
We’re sort of putting a slightly different spin on Steve Rogers. He’s a guy that wants to serve his country but he’s not a flag-waver. We’re re-interpreting, sort of, what the comic book version of Steve Rogers was.
Steve Rogers is “not a flag-waver”? Um, the guy runs into battle with the flag on his chest, genius.
Johnston goes on to fill us in on his version of Steve Rogers:
He wants to serve his country, but he’s not this sort of jingoistic American flag-waver. 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.
I like how he keeps mention that Captain America isn’t a “flag-waver”. You can almost picture him sneering as he says it.
And hey, remember, they need those International money, too:
…It’s also the idea that this is not about America so much as it is about the spirit of doing the right thing. It’s an international cast and an international story. It’s about what makes America great and what make the rest of the world great too.
Now why in the world would anyone think this was “about America”? Gosh, it’s only about some guy name Captain America in a movie called “Captain America”. Silly people and your silly ideas. Joe Johnson will set you straight, don’t you worry.