'Captain America: The First Avenger' Takes Cues from Indiana Jones
Last week we finally got an extended look at Captain America: The First Avenger by way of the fantastic full length trailer for Joe Johnston's summer comic book adaptation. Of course, we're still a few months away from seeing Cap wield his shield on the big screen, and there's plenty of fuel left in the hype machine. Cue Hero Complex and their recent chat with the filmmaker about the story. It's not hard to see shades of Johnston's adventure flick The Rocketeer in Captain America, but the director took even more cues from a more familiar adventurer. Johnston reveals more about the story's influences and inspiration.
The driving force behind Captain America is none other than everyone's favorite archaeologist Indiana Jones, and his adventures in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Johnston talks about how the iconic adventurer inspired the film up to a certain point before they found their own path:
“We used ‘Raiders’ as a template when we were developing the story, but we sort of moved away from it as time went on. This is futurism in the 1940s; if you went to 1942 and thought of what the future would be, that’s what the approach was. The villain has a much more futuristic style and his science and his apparatus — he has a whole design motif that is beyond 1942 but it’s what you might have perceived as futuristic from a 1942 vantage point. So we went away from the ‘Raiders’ template in that sense but where we sort of stuck with it was in the structure and the action and the way the main characters are thrown into these situations and then have to get themselves out of them.”
So even though the film was certainly inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, it's become its own unique story as well. Johnston elaborates:
"When you sit down to watch it, it’s certainly not ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ which is a very different kind of film in the final analysis. But sometimes when we had questions and we were stuck we would say, ‘What would Indiana Jones do? What would be the answer to this in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”?’ I’ve always loved ‘Raiders’ and the great achievement of it was the tone and the fresh feeling of the movie. It was period but didn’t feel like it was made in the period. It felt like a contemporary film about this period in the past, and that is the goal we have with ‘Captain America.’ And I can say this — it definitely has an Indiana Jones pace.”
Everything Johnston says sounds right on the money and gets me all sorts of excited to finally see Captain America: The First Avenger when it hits theaters on July 22nd this summer. The interesting thing about these individual films that clearly have a style all their own will be to see how the heroes all come together for The Avengers. It won't be an easy task, and I think we all know that Joss Whedon has his work cut out for him. Thoughts?