In an interview with Hero Complex, director Joe Johnston comments on the “dark side” of Bucky in his upcoming adaptation of “Captain America: The First Avenger”. According to Johnston, his version of Bucky will be more along the lines of a “Band of Brothers” soldier than Batman’s Boy Wonder. This is all thanks to actor Sebastian Stan, who plays the character, and who Johnston seems very captivated with.
Sebastian brought something really interesting and slightly on the dark side and really compelling to watch — when he’s on camera, you’re fascinated by watching him. In a great cast, I thought he really stood out and brought some unexpected things to the role. Everyone brought something to the movie and a lot of them brought something great but I was most pleasantly surprised by what Chris brought and what Sebastian brought in a much smaller role as Bucky.
You know, he was originally up for the lead, for the Steve Rogers role, but he didn’t have quite the same earnest, I-want-to-fight-for-my-country aura that Chris has for this role. Sebastian has a little bit of the bad boy, he’s a little bit of the James Dean type and that goes somewhat counter to the general perception of Steve Rogers. He wasn’t quite right for Captain America, but I think he’s perfect for Bucky because, really, he can have a little bit of that dark side.
Here’s that first pic of Stan as Bucky below: