Mark Valley and John Barrowman on Captain America

Ah, the Star-Spangled Banner Avenger. Finding an actor to play him is going to take some doing on Marvel Studios’ part. They’re either going to go with a well-known name to blunt the “America” part when they’re selling it overseas, or they’re going to go the completely unknown route as they recently did with “Thor”. Two names do keep coming up for the role, though: Mark Valley and John Barrowman (of Torchwood fame, in case you don’t know). What’s the word on both men and the role?

According to Barrowman, he still wants to do the role, but seems to concede that it’s never going to happen. During the Torchwood panel at Comic-Con over the weekend, Barrowman said this (via CBM):

“You know what I want to play? Captain America,” Barrowman proclaimed to the wildly receptive crowd, before adding that it “so won’t happen.”

He’s right. Marvel isn’t nearly socially forward-thinking enough, or politically-driven enough to cast an openly gay actor in the role of America’s biggest superhero icon. If “Captain America” was being made by one of your usual Hollywood studios, I’m inclined to believe it could happen, because frankly, Barrowman would be awesome in the role. He doesn’t just look the part, he could play the heck out of it.

But Marvel Studios is its own animal, so yeah, as Barrowman says, probably “so won’t happen”.

Over at Mark Valley land, the Human Target star was informed by the LA Times that he recently topped an online poll asking fans who they want to play Captain America. Valley sounded pleased, made a quick joke about it, but didn’t seem all that enthused about slipping on the tights and slinging the shield.

We’ll see, maybe I’ll be too busy with “Human Target.” But you never know how these things go…

I personally think Valley is too old for the role. Remember, this is a franchise character that will begin when Steve Rogers is just a skinny kid trying to enlist in the Army, and Valley is already 45. Also, even though he’s got the square jaw heroic face down, I think he might be a tad too “blocky” looking for Captain America.

Heck, if Marvel sticks to their very, very oddball hiring choices of late (Kenneth Branagh to direct “Thor”!), expect a name that’s totally out of left field to play Steve Rogers.

In any case, consider your daily quotient of Captain America casting rumors filled.

Below: Is one of these guys your Captain America? Eh, probably not. Just askin’.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Why is everyone down on Branagh as director of Thor? He’s perfect. He’ll bring make Asgard and the Gods look trully regal and give it that Euro sensibility that an american director may go overboard trying to emulate. I know THOR isn’t SHakespeare, but even without the characters speaking in Thees and Thous, it’s more Shakespearean a comic than anything else. The man has a visual eye that…you know what this post was supposed to be about Cap. LOL.

    Ok yeah Valley looks the part, but he is definitel too old for a franchise. Barrowman on the other hand could work. DOn’t count yourself out yet man.

  • Deadpool3678

    Why is everyone down on Branagh as director of Thor? He’s perfect. He’ll bring make Asgard and the Gods look trully regal and give it that Euro sensibility that an american director may go overboard trying to emulate. I know THOR isn’t SHakespeare, but even without the characters speaking in Thees and Thous, it’s more Shakespearean a comic than anything else. The man has a visual eye that…you know what this post was supposed to be about Cap. LOL.

    Ok yeah Valley looks the part, but he is definitel too old for a franchise. Barrowman on the other hand could work. DOn’t count yourself out yet man.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    I don’t think people are “down” on Branagh directing Thor. It’s more an issue of “WTF”??? Kenneth Branagh + big-budget comic book movie = huh? It’s the same thing that happened with Ang Lee when he was announced as the Hulk’s director.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      WHOA NOW!!!! Let’s not put them in the same boat. But I get what you’re saying. I just think he’s underated, and yeah it has been a while since he directed something. But let’s wait and see. I think he will do great.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

    I don’t think people are “down” on Branagh directing Thor. It’s more an issue of “WTF”??? Kenneth Branagh + big-budget comic book movie = huh? It’s the same thing that happened with Ang Lee when he was announced as the Hulk’s director.

    • Deadpool3678

      WHOA NOW!!!! Let’s not put them in the same boat. But I get what you’re saying. I just think he’s underated, and yeah it has been a while since he directed something. But let’s wait and see. I think he will do great.

  • ulik

    LOL!!! Deadpool3678 your over here too!!! LOL!!! What up dude? Kenneth Branagh is a classically trained actor and director so for him, performance comes first and he’ll bring these actors’ abilities to unseen heights. Believe me too Favereau is helping Branagh as well as Kevin Feige. Faveraeu doesn’t want Thor to tarnish his “baby” project which is Iron Man,or even his chances to do The Avengers so he might not say it all the way but Fav’s is definitely in the mix with Thor also. Thor will be tied into Iron Man but it won’t be about magic. It will be more of a pseudo-science or sci-fi level like interdimensional travel,metaphhysics,and alchemy(Loki). To the Asgardians, it sorcery and magic though.

  • ulik

    LOL!!! Deadpool3678 your over here too!!! LOL!!! What up dude? Kenneth Branagh is a classically trained actor and director so for him, performance comes first and he’ll bring these actors’ abilities to unseen heights. Believe me too Favereau is helping Branagh as well as Kevin Feige. Faveraeu doesn’t want Thor to tarnish his “baby” project which is Iron Man,or even his chances to do The Avengers so he might not say it all the way but Fav’s is definitely in the mix with Thor also. Thor will be tied into Iron Man but it won’t be about magic. It will be more of a pseudo-science or sci-fi level like interdimensional travel,metaphhysics,and alchemy(Loki). To the Asgardians, it sorcery and magic though.

  • ulik

    I forgot, this is about Captain America. Well I would love to see Mark Valley as Captain America in a new Captain America live action t.v. series. To me it could be like “Mcguiver” meets “24″. Loads of action drama,betrayal,sci-fi,suspense.etc. In a “new” Cap series could be done right this time with Marvel owning the rights and producing it not like that horrible piece of @#$$* that was out in the 70′s. We could see a lot of characters that won’t make it to the big screen like “Crossbones”,”TaskMaster”,”Winter Soldier”,”U.S Agent”and “The Falcon”. The Falcon might be put on film though. What do you guys think?

  • ulik

    I forgot, this is about Captain America. Well I would love to see Mark Valley as Captain America in a new Captain America live action t.v. series. To me it could be like “Mcguiver” meets “24″. Loads of action drama,betrayal,sci-fi,suspense.etc. In a “new” Cap series could be done right this time with Marvel owning the rights and producing it not like that horrible piece of @#$$* that was out in the 70′s. We could see a lot of characters that won’t make it to the big screen like “Crossbones”,”TaskMaster”,”Winter Soldier”,”U.S Agent”and “The Falcon”. The Falcon might be put on film though. What do you guys think?

  • ulik

    Mark Valley doesn’t look that old either a little make up can go a long way these days too.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Doesn’t look that old but some people age faste r than others. Next year the man could look five years older. Besides, he just started the “Human Target” and I’m sure he’s pretty much dedicated to that rght now. As for a Cap TV series…eh I’d be afraid they’d make it too cheesy or be afraid to put him in costume and we’d get the “Smallville” version of the show. MacGuyver Meets 24 huh? I don’t see the connection to Cap. He isn’t known for enginuity he’;s known for being the shinning symbol of America and kicking lots of Nazi A$$! And leading the Avengers. Tasky is being looked at for Deadpool movie, but the others would definitely work in future Cap movies. Especially the Winter Soldier and Falcon. I’d love for U.S.Agent to end up being like the modern day Cap that was created and he goes off the deep end a lil bit and have a Cap vs Agent fight before Walker realizews he’s being used. Anyway I digress I think Valley looks the part as I said to cary a franchise AND be a young Cap just going into battle he just looks a little too mature.

  • ulik

    Mark Valley doesn’t look that old either a little make up can go a long way these days too.

    • Deadpool3678

      Doesn’t look that old but some people age faste r than others. Next year the man could look five years older. Besides, he just started the “Human Target” and I’m sure he’s pretty much dedicated to that rght now. As for a Cap TV series…eh I’d be afraid they’d make it too cheesy or be afraid to put him in costume and we’d get the “Smallville” version of the show. MacGuyver Meets 24 huh? I don’t see the connection to Cap. He isn’t known for enginuity he’;s known for being the shinning symbol of America and kicking lots of Nazi A$$! And leading the Avengers. Tasky is being looked at for Deadpool movie, but the others would definitely work in future Cap movies. Especially the Winter Soldier and Falcon. I’d love for U.S.Agent to end up being like the modern day Cap that was created and he goes off the deep end a lil bit and have a Cap vs Agent fight before Walker realizews he’s being used. Anyway I digress I think Valley looks the part as I said to cary a franchise AND be a young Cap just going into battle he just looks a little too mature.