According to director Joe Johnston, substitute director of “The Wolf Man” and Marvel’s upcoming “The First Avenger: Captain America” (because just calling it “Captain America” would be too awesome, natch), his big-screen adaptation of the life and times of Steve Rogers will be “something different”, a movie that while is “influenced” by the comics, will go “off in a completely different direction”. It could be hyperbole, but it could also be the truth as Joe Johnston knows it in this interview with Boxoffice.com. He continues:
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. The rules change at that point and his life gets even more complicated and dire. For me, that’s the interesting part of the story. It’s got some great action sequences in it and some incredible stuff that we’ve never seen before. But 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. Eventually at the very end, I don’t want to give away to much, but he does fit in. But it’s the journey of getting him there that’s interesting. And it’s a lot of fun.
It doesn’t sound too bad. Setting the film in WWII and bookending it with the present would seem like the way to go. Also, making it more about Steve Rogers, with the war in the background, is also not a bad idea. At least, it’ll be something new, though hopefully not too new, i.e. the war doesn’t stay in the background for too long. Let’s face it, we’re all looking forward to seeing Cap bust some Nazi heads after landing on the beach. Anything less would be a let-down.
In the same interview, Johnston confirms that he’s working on a fourth “Jurassic Park” movie, and that there’s a possibility the new entry will kick off a completely new trilogy of dinosaur pictures. The last film, part 3, was in 2001, and honestly, I’m shock Hollywood hasn’t gotten its act together enough to make a sequel since. Despite being the worst-reviewed movie in the franchise, part three still grossed a whopping $368 million worldwide.