John Barrowman as Captain America? Never Gonna Happen.

So Comingsoon is currently floating this rumor that John Barrowman, star of the BBC’s Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, was just asked at Comic Con if it was true that he was currently up for the role in Marvel’s mega movie, “The First Avenger: Captain America”, playing, of course, Captain America. Barrowman (who is Scottish, but has a flawless American accent) said that Cap was one of his favorite comic book characters, and that he would love to play him. And in fact, he admitted that he had talked to his people about landing the role.

Here’s the article from Comingsoon:

John Barrowman, the star of “Torchwood,” was just asked moments ago at the San Diego Comic-Con panel if there was any possibility that he would be playing Captain America in the upcoming feature film.

He smiled and gave the stock answer that he’d love to play the character and that Captain America has always been his favorite comic book superhero. Clearly, though, the notion did not take him by surprise and he ended up admitting there had been discussions with his agents and meetings on that very issue.

All fine and well, and I actually think Barrowman, with blonde hair, would be a DEAD RINGER for Steve Rogers, but it will never happen. Why, you ask? Because as fine an actor as he is, and as great as he would probably be in the role, John Barrowman is also an openly gay actor.

Now think about the headache Marvel Studios would have trying to explain to the American public that an openly gay actor was playing one of the biggest icon of American fiction. Sure, Hollywood would probably love to do it, if just to piss off Ma and Pa Middle America, but Marvel Studios can’t afford the hoopla. Not with the budget they have in mind for this thing, and not to mention the “Avengers” movie. That’s TWO movies they have to explain!

Although as a fan of Barrowman (especially his work on Doctor Who — who doesn’t think Captain Jack rocks the crap out of sci-fi?) I would love to see him as Captain America. Alas, business will dictate that he doesn’t get the role, or even be considered for it. Which is a shame, as you’d like to think America in 2008 (or 2010, when the movie is scheduled to be release) could look past someone’s sexuality and just see talent, but then you’d be living in fantasy land. Either that, or you’re making your living in Hollywood.

John Barrowman as Captain America?



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  • Steve Andrews

    John Barrowman should NOT get this part. Not because he’s gay, but because he doesn’t have the gravitas or presence to play such an iconic character. Barrowman is a second rate TV actor in shlocky, juveline skiffy like Dr Who and Torchwood. High quality Sf/Fantasy like the Marvel Universe needs great actors.

    Just think: McKellern, Stewart, Downey Jr, Norton…does Barrowman match these ?

    I think not. If he does get cast, it could end decades of enjoyment of Marvel for some of us.

    • Mag

      Steve,
      Your a schmuck. John is an amazing actor who would do nothing but justice to the role of Captain America. He does have the “Gravitas” to play this kind of role. He would only add the the Marvel story and make something great even greater…

      • Steve Andrews

        Mag, if you think Barrowman is of the stature of Downey Jnr, McKellern or Norton, your ability to judge fine acting and the ability to embody an icon like Cap needs some work.

        If you read Cap in the comics – and I’ve read Golden Age, Atlas Era, Silver, Bronze and Modern age Cap stories – you’d understand.

        But then I suppose wanting fidelty to the source makes me a schmuck – which is now clearly a term for someone who opposes second-rate skiffy schlock like Torchwood.

        • Mag

          Wow, what grand assumptions you make. I have read Cap in the comics through all his incarnations. That is WHY I understand. Your clearly against John for various reasons. You are the one who cannot see good acting. You obviously have no clue what is good and what isn’t. My vote is for Barrowman as Cap…No one else need apply

          • Kris

            I agree with Mag. John is an AMAZING Actor. And, STEVE needs to get his facts straight…. First off, it’s McKellen not Mckellern. Secondly, EVERY one of the actors you named are WAY too old to play Capt. America. Sorry. Thirdly, you’ve obviously never seen Torchwood or you’d know it’s anything but JUVENILE and that John can really pull off the gravitational leader type. Lastly, I think you need a good lesson in taste and are receiving it thanks to Mag. So bend over and take it like a man. John is PERFECT for Capt. America!

    • john

      Oh yeah Marvel comics are high quality Sci Fi. (snickers)

    • Stu Arnold

      I agree. I feel actor Mark Valley would be the perfect actor to play Captain America. Mark was on the TV Boston Legal. He is a dead ringer for Captain America.

  • Steve Andrews

    John Barrowman should NOT get this part. Not because he’s gay, but because he doesn’t have the gravitas or presence to play such an iconic character. Barrowman is a second rate TV actor in shlocky, juveline skiffy like Dr Who and Torchwood. High quality Sf/Fantasy like the Marvel Universe needs great actors.

    Just think: McKellern, Stewart, Downey Jr, Norton…does Barrowman match these ?

    I think not. If he does get cast, it could end decades of enjoyment of Marvel for some of us.

    • Mag

      Steve,
      Your a schmuck. John is an amazing actor who would do nothing but justice to the role of Captain America. He does have the “Gravitas” to play this kind of role. He would only add the the Marvel story and make something great even greater…

      • Steve Andrews

        Mag, if you think Barrowman is of the stature of Downey Jnr, McKellern or Norton, your ability to judge fine acting and the ability to embody an icon like Cap needs some work.

        If you read Cap in the comics – and I’ve read Golden Age, Atlas Era, Silver, Bronze and Modern age Cap stories – you’d understand.

        But then I suppose wanting fidelty to the source makes me a schmuck – which is now clearly a term for someone who opposes second-rate skiffy schlock like Torchwood.

        • Mag

          Wow, what grand assumptions you make. I have read Cap in the comics through all his incarnations. That is WHY I understand. Your clearly against John for various reasons. You are the one who cannot see good acting. You obviously have no clue what is good and what isn’t. My vote is for Barrowman as Cap…No one else need apply

          • Kris

            I agree with Mag. John is an AMAZING Actor. And, STEVE needs to get his facts straight…. First off, it’s McKellen not Mckellern. Secondly, EVERY one of the actors you named are WAY too old to play Capt. America. Sorry. Thirdly, you’ve obviously never seen Torchwood or you’d know it’s anything but JUVENILE and that John can really pull off the gravitational leader type. Lastly, I think you need a good lesson in taste and are receiving it thanks to Mag. So bend over and take it like a man. John is PERFECT for Capt. America!

    • john

      Oh yeah Marvel comics are high quality Sci Fi. (snickers)

    • Stu Arnold

      I agree. I feel actor Mark Valley would be the perfect actor to play Captain America. Mark was on the TV Boston Legal. He is a dead ringer for Captain America.

  • Wael

    Dude – have beared TORCHWOOD – and John Barrowman is definitely NOT Capn’ America material. His hamming levels are stratospheric plus he is really gay (as in the Queer Fairy – I’m talking on screen).
    He’d be a perfect choice if they decided to make a spoof of Captain America.

    • Mag

      Well Wael, good to know bigotry is alive and well. I’m sure you have already gathered that your opinion does not even matter.

      • Jackson

        It was a stupid comment to factor in that JB is gay. He is a great small screen actor, but he could never pull this off. But there are worse choices please not that fool from Fighting and GI Joe!!!!!!!

      • Jackson

        It was a stupid comment to factor in that JB is gay. He is a great small screen actor, but he could never pull this off. But there are worse choices please not that fool from Fighting and GI Joe!!!!!!!

    • Steve Andrews

      I agree. But it doesn’t bother me that he’s gay – if he looked the part, has the iconic presence and was a great actor, the sexuality doesn’t matter.

      He is, however, camp – and by that I mean camp in the way that the late sixties Batman Tv series is. As you say, he’d be fine in a spoof.

      He also claims to have been a big fan of Cap in the comics as a kid. I doubt this, as when he appeared on a UK TV show exploring the nature of his homosexuality (nature or nutire) he revealed his collection of Barbie Dolls in a segment that explored how many gay men preferred girls’ toys as a boy. I’ve no way of proving this, but I think his claim is misleading personally.

      • Mag

        Lord, “you think this claim is misleading”!. Again with your assumptions that REAL men only play with GI JOE or whatever you deam to be a “BOYS TOY”! God forbid you see a little girl pick up a “Boy Toy”, you’ll yell out Lesbian…You have obviously not watched much Torchwood. Their are episodes that go toe to toe with any great actor. Late sixties Batman was more than camp…It was BAD!!!!

      • WickedFabala

        why wouldn’t he like Captain America? it was part of the culture when he grew up! he said that CA was one of his favorite superheros not this favorite thing ever. and maybe he though he was hot or something i dont know, but my gay cousin never played Barbie with me! Also in the ‘Making of Me’ didnt most of the test show he was straight?
        I think he would be amazing as Captian America! no matter what!

        btw Mag keep it up! :D

        • Kris

          Wicked, no, I’m sorry, that was a joke. John is gay through and through. However, that shouldn’t matter. He’s a brilliant actor. *rolls eyes at Steve again* Yes, he does play the “camp gay man” in Torchwood as Capt. Jack, but that doesn’t mean his talent is limited to that! He could easily play a buff, gung-ho, kick ass, straight as a stick Superhero! Oh, and you may as well call me a Lesbian just because I played with the boys when I was younger. American Football was my favorite sport!

  • Wael

    Dude – have beared TORCHWOOD – and John Barrowman is definitely NOT Capn’ America material. His hamming levels are stratospheric plus he is really gay (as in the Queer Fairy – I’m talking on screen).
    He’d be a perfect choice if they decided to make a spoof of Captain America.

    • Mag

      Well Wael, good to know bigotry is alive and well. I’m sure you have already gathered that your opinion does not even matter.

      • Jackson

        It was a stupid comment to factor in that JB is gay. He is a great small screen actor, but he could never pull this off. But there are worse choices please not that fool from Fighting and GI Joe!!!!!!!

    • Steve Andrews

      I agree. But it doesn’t bother me that he’s gay – if he looked the part, has the iconic presence and was a great actor, the sexuality doesn’t matter.

      He is, however, camp – and by that I mean camp in the way that the late sixties Batman Tv series is. As you say, he’d be fine in a spoof.

      He also claims to have been a big fan of Cap in the comics as a kid. I doubt this, as when he appeared on a UK TV show exploring the nature of his homosexuality (nature or nutire) he revealed his collection of Barbie Dolls in a segment that explored how many gay men preferred girls’ toys as a boy. I’ve no way of proving this, but I think his claim is misleading personally.

      • Mag

        Lord, “you think this claim is misleading”!. Again with your assumptions that REAL men only play with GI JOE or whatever you deam to be a “BOYS TOY”! God forbid you see a little girl pick up a “Boy Toy”, you’ll yell out Lesbian…You have obviously not watched much Torchwood. Their are episodes that go toe to toe with any great actor. Late sixties Batman was more than camp…It was BAD!!!!

      • WickedFabala

        why wouldn’t he like Captain America? it was part of the culture when he grew up! he said that CA was one of his favorite superheros not this favorite thing ever. and maybe he though he was hot or something i dont know, but my gay cousin never played Barbie with me! Also in the ‘Making of Me’ didnt most of the test show he was straight?
        I think he would be amazing as Captian America! no matter what!

        btw Mag keep it up! :D

        • Kris

          Wicked, no, I’m sorry, that was a joke. John is gay through and through. However, that shouldn’t matter. He’s a brilliant actor. *rolls eyes at Steve again* Yes, he does play the “camp gay man” in Torchwood as Capt. Jack, but that doesn’t mean his talent is limited to that! He could easily play a buff, gung-ho, kick ass, straight as a stick Superhero! Oh, and you may as well call me a Lesbian just because I played with the boys when I was younger. American Football was my favorite sport!

  • Chipmunk

    Has anyone seen any of his theatre work? He is a phenomenal actor with great range. And yes, his Dr. Who and Torchwood character is very flat, that does not mean he is incapable of playing and developing a character as great as Captain America.

    Also – It’s Ian McKellan, not McKellern. And both Patrick Stewart and McKellan began their acting careers on stage.

    I will admit that I am not as familiar with Captain America as I am with various other Marvel characters, having only read a few comics, but as I understand, he isn’t anywhere near as neurotic as Bruce Banner or Tony Stark.

    All in all, I believe that John Barrowman would be a great Captain America, and has that good old charm that is required for the character, as well as the ability to develop him into a multi-dimensional layered character.

    • Steve Andrews

      You’ve never seen a typo before? Sad.

      If you’re not as familiar with Cap as I am, then your opinion doesn’t count for much. I’ve read Cap America comics published in every decade from the forties up to now and he’s a lot more troubled than you realise.

      Again, Barrowman doesn’t have the iconic quality required for Cap, as anyone with a good knowledge of the character would agree. His ability as a stage actor is irrelevant too, as there are many fine actors who shine on screen in a way they don’t on stage.

      • john

        So in other words you have no life and read comics all day.

      • Mag

        Of course it is all irrelevant isn’t it. You just don’t want a gay man playing Cap…

      • Kris

        You want an Iconic actor to play Capt. America? They’d ruin it. *coughBenAffleckDaredevilcough* or *coughJeniferGarnerElektracough* Also, Steve, it’s a typo if you do it ONCE not twice and not spelled the same way with letters that are on opposite sides of the keyboard. Oh, and an interesting fact about one of your iconic actors, Sir Ian McKellen is openly GAY!

  • Chipmunk

    Has anyone seen any of his theatre work? He is a phenomenal actor with great range. And yes, his Dr. Who and Torchwood character is very flat, that does not mean he is incapable of playing and developing a character as great as Captain America.

    Also – It’s Ian McKellan, not McKellern. And both Patrick Stewart and McKellan began their acting careers on stage.

    I will admit that I am not as familiar with Captain America as I am with various other Marvel characters, having only read a few comics, but as I understand, he isn’t anywhere near as neurotic as Bruce Banner or Tony Stark.

    All in all, I believe that John Barrowman would be a great Captain America, and has that good old charm that is required for the character, as well as the ability to develop him into a multi-dimensional layered character.

    • Steve Andrews

      You’ve never seen a typo before? Sad.

      If you’re not as familiar with Cap as I am, then your opinion doesn’t count for much. I’ve read Cap America comics published in every decade from the forties up to now and he’s a lot more troubled than you realise.

      Again, Barrowman doesn’t have the iconic quality required for Cap, as anyone with a good knowledge of the character would agree. His ability as a stage actor is irrelevant too, as there are many fine actors who shine on screen in a way they don’t on stage.

      • john

        So in other words you have no life and read comics all day.

      • Mag

        Of course it is all irrelevant isn’t it. You just don’t want a gay man playing Cap…

      • Kris

        You want an Iconic actor to play Capt. America? They’d ruin it. *coughBenAffleckDaredevilcough* or *coughJeniferGarnerElektracough* Also, Steve, it’s a typo if you do it ONCE not twice and not spelled the same way with letters that are on opposite sides of the keyboard. Oh, and an interesting fact about one of your iconic actors, Sir Ian McKellen is openly GAY!

  • anonymous

    I’d fap to this movie.

  • anonymous

    I’d fap to this movie.

  • Strike

    I dont know who this John Barrowman is and for that reason I dont think he should play Captain America. If you want other reasons, here they are.

    1. He is not American. I am not being racist or anything but to me, I would rather see an American play the role of Captain AMERICA. It supposed to be a patriotic film. It isnt very Patriotic to have a none American fill that part. Think about it. Hew as a volunteer during WWII to work with an experiment for a super soldier in the AMERICAN army. Now I know I am going to get a lot of flack for saying this because we are in a politically correct world but I honestly dont care. Oh how is this for politically correct. Captain America has a Girl Friend. Gay men cant have girl friends. Enjoy that little juicy tid bit of politically correctness.

    2. I have seen Doctor Who and it sucked. If that is the kind of acting that is going to be brought to the movie then I am not even going to waist my money to see it.

    I think the concept of the movie is great and with the right actors who have the right talent would be great. It also depends on the director’s ability to put this movie together.

    Now let the flaming of my comment begin. Sorry for having the balls to say what is on my mind. I guess that is a crime.

    Oh and one more thing. I love how some of you have said the opinion of another person doesnt matter for various reasons. Glad to see that freedom of speech is still alive and well in my country. A person’s opinion should always be considered as long as it is a well educated one. Not disregarded because it isnt you like to hear or doesnt agree with what you have to say.

    • Erik

      John Barrowman was born in Glasgow, but relocated to America when he was nine. That’s why he, you know, has a flawless American accent.

      And I, a fellow American, think Doctor Who is fantastic. I can’t think of one Doctor who hasn’t been, as you say, a quality actor. Christopher Eccleston in particular is a favourite of mine, and he’s been in American television and films (“The Seeker” and Heroes spring to mind).

      But I respect your opinion, and totally agree with you on the freedom of speech issue. Thanks for being mature about it.

      • Kris

        Strike, I agree that freedom of speech is important. That doesn’t mean we have to AGREE with it. Do you think it’s impossible for a gay man to play a straight man??? Also, Doctor Who is SUPPOSED to be that cheesy and campy, DUH! But I also agree with Mag on this. You are an uneducated idiot.

  • Strike

    I dont know who this John Barrowman is and for that reason I dont think he should play Captain America. If you want other reasons, here they are.

    1. He is not American. I am not being racist or anything but to me, I would rather see an American play the role of Captain AMERICA. It supposed to be a patriotic film. It isnt very Patriotic to have a none American fill that part. Think about it. Hew as a volunteer during WWII to work with an experiment for a super soldier in the AMERICAN army. Now I know I am going to get a lot of flack for saying this because we are in a politically correct world but I honestly dont care. Oh how is this for politically correct. Captain America has a Girl Friend. Gay men cant have girl friends. Enjoy that little juicy tid bit of politically correctness.

    2. I have seen Doctor Who and it sucked. If that is the kind of acting that is going to be brought to the movie then I am not even going to waist my money to see it.

    I think the concept of the movie is great and with the right actors who have the right talent would be great. It also depends on the director’s ability to put this movie together.

    Now let the flaming of my comment begin. Sorry for having the balls to say what is on my mind. I guess that is a crime.

    Oh and one more thing. I love how some of you have said the opinion of another person doesnt matter for various reasons. Glad to see that freedom of speech is still alive and well in my country. A person’s opinion should always be considered as long as it is a well educated one. Not disregarded because it isnt you like to hear or doesnt agree with what you have to say.

    • Erik

      John Barrowman was born in Glasgow, but relocated to America when he was nine. That’s why he, you know, has a flawless American accent.

      And I, a fellow American, think Doctor Who is fantastic. I can’t think of one Doctor who hasn’t been, as you say, a quality actor. Christopher Eccleston in particular is a favourite of mine, and he’s been in American television and films (“The Seeker” and Heroes spring to mind).

      But I respect your opinion, and totally agree with you on the freedom of speech issue. Thanks for being mature about it.

      • Kris

        Strike, I agree that freedom of speech is important. That doesn’t mean we have to AGREE with it. Do you think it’s impossible for a gay man to play a straight man??? Also, Doctor Who is SUPPOSED to be that cheesy and campy, DUH! But I also agree with Mag on this. You are an uneducated idiot.