Johnston Says Working on 'Captain America' Has Been 'Amazing'
We all know there's been rumored ups and downs with Marvel's relationships with various filmmakers, but it's always a relief to hear a director happily talk about how great their current working relationship is, and that's exactly what Joe Johnston, director of Captain America: The First Avenger, does in a quote on ComicBookMovie. It comes from an arranged chat that Ed Gross had with Johnston, where he essentially lets Joe speak about how Wolfman's experience was bad, but Captain America is doing amazingly well, so much so that he says it's "probably the most universally positive experience I've had in this mad business."
No more introduction necessary, let's dive right into it, as they've posted a very large quote from Johnston.
"Captain America was a lot of things. Every picture has its highs and lows, its dreads and excited anticipations. To fully understand the Captain America experience, I have to keep reminding myself that I had just come off another film I shot in the UK, The Wolfman. The two experiences could not have been more different, in fact in many ways (certainly not all) they were polar opposites. I had three weeks of prep on Wolfman, a ridiculously inadequate amount of time to try to bring together the fractured and scattered pieces of the production. I had taken the job mostly because I had a cash flow problem, the only time in my career I’ve ever let finances enter into the decision process… The production was a leaky, rudderless ship in a perfect storm suffering from bad decisions, infighting, reluctance of the powers-that-be to take responsibility, and too many under-qualified cooks in the kitchen."
He goes on to say that he takes "full responsibility for The Wolfman not working because it goes with the territory," but he still loved working on it and discovered a great first assistant director during it. Here's the other portion of his statements where he just talks about how wonderful its been working with Marvel so far.
"I had thirty weeks of prep on Captain America. I have a small team of qualified, supportive, creative producers who are actually helping me achieve my vision of the film. I had a dream cast headed by Chris Evans. I had the best designers, artists, sculptors, craftspeople… a creative team that could design, build and photograph anything and have it look amazing and beautiful. We had unbelievable luck with the weather wherever we shot in England. The weather was so good we were compelled to make it rain for a couple of sequences just for some variety. At times I felt as if the gods were saying, “Ahem, sorry about that Wolfman thing…let us make it up to you.” Captain America was probably the most universally positive experience I've had in this mad business."
Wow. That's incredible to hear, very exciting to know it's going so well. I know it may be a bit of subjective publicity, especially when Johnston's still right in the thick of editing and finishing up the movie, but it still sounds like things are going extremely well and we might actually get that Raiders of the Lost Ark-like Captain America movie after all that we're all hoping to see. However as of yet, we haven't seen any footage from Captain America or anything besides a few early photos. Paramount has this hitting theaters on July 22nd, so I expect some massive barrage of marketing to begin at some point very soon. I'm certain by the end of June they'll have re-established Captain America as our national hero. Who's excited for this!?