Rumor: Marvel Wants Leonardo DiCaprio as Captain America?
by Alex Billington
June 12, 2008
Talk of Marvel's Captain America character has been immense since Marvel first announced that it they were making both The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers by 2011. Immediately following that story, a casting rumor hit stating Matthew McConaughey was in the running as Captain America, but that was quickly debunked. Then his shield appeared in Iron Man on Tony's work bench and now there's buzz about the appearance of Cap himself in The Incredible Hulk. Now we can add another casting rumor into the mix - Leonardo DiCaprio. Although he's not signed and hasn't even been offered the role, he is at the very top of Marvel's list. The one thing that I'll take away from all of this buzz is that Captain America is going to be a huge hit - people love to talk about him more than any other superhero!
Our friend El Mayimbe over at Latino Review reveals that DiCaprio is at the very top of Marvel's list for actors they want to play Steve Rogers aka Captain America. Before you get too far into this rumor, let's clarify exactly what El Mayimbe uncovered. All this means is that Marvel wants DiCaprio to play Cap, but he hasn't even been offered the role or most likely even talked to yet. He could even read this headline and be shocked to discover that this is even news to his ears. Additionally, they report that second on the list is Brad Pitt, who has been mentioned as better fit for Thor previously. Either way, these are two very solid A-list actors that Marvel is on the hunt to sign for their big upcoming superhero films.
For the sake of discussion, lets say DiCaprio does end up getting cast. Would he be a good fit? In comparison to McConaughey, I'd take Leo any day. He's a much better actor who has a greater emotional range and actually has the ability to play someone as iconic as Captain America. In fact, I'm actually quite energized by this rumor - hence why I decided to mention it today. This is probably the first time I've ever actually been satisfied with a casting rumor on The First Avenger: Captain America and that's impressive. If he ends up getting the role, I'll be quite happy (especially in comparison to McConaughey). I think Leo could actually do Captain America justice and I wouldn't mind seeing him become the new iconic superhero for many years to come - given The Avengers is likely to continue on for more movies.
As we all know, Marvel is really stepping up and taking things to the next level with their upcoming films. They've implemented crossovers (in Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk so far) and are working on establishing the central universe within all of the films. By the time we get to The First Avenger: Captain America in May of 2011 and The Avengers in July of 2011, Marvel will have definitely become a cinematic powerhouse. For these films to become a true success, they'll need to put together phenomenal scripts, bring on great directors, and cast powerful leads. And as it stands, Leonardo DiCaprio is definitely a step in the right direction. Let's just hope they get Jon Favreau back on for Iron Man 2 and the Marvel's future will definitely be looking bright!