Joe Johnston Talks First Cut of Captain America: The First Avenger
We just got our first very good look at Chris Evans in the full costume for Captain America: The First Avenger last week. It wasn't mindblowing but the action shot above (see the full version right here) really gives Captain America an old-time war hero kind of feel (and I like that). Photos are cool to see, but we're still waiting for the first trailer to show up. Meanwhile, director Joe Johnston has already finished the first cut of the film, and it's no surprise that he's very complimentary. Johnston sat down with Hero Complex and said, "I just looked at the first cut and there is so much entertainment value — it’s just flat-out fun to watch."
Johnston elaborated more on his glowing thoughts after seeing the first cut of the superhero flick:
"Maybe I’m somewhat biased — I was there [when we made it] — but, seriously, it’s funny, it’s exciting and there’s great visual effects. The movie is going to be something more than people are expecting. This movie is going to surprise some people. It is the origin story of Captain America but it is also something rare — it’s a period superhero film but there’s great action in it. You don’t normally think of guys driving around in 1939 sedans in an action film but there are some great action beats in it. It’s just a helluva lot of fun to watch."
As for the cast which includes Chris Evans as Captain America and Hugo Weaving as the Nazi villain Red Skull, Johnston was quite pleased with their work on this, too:
"All actors bring something unexpected to the role because they have to translate what’s on the page and make a real character out of the black-and-white text that’s there in the script. I hadn’t worked with Chris Evans and I wasn’t really that familiar with his work and I didn’t know what to expect. I was blown away by the subtlety that he brought to the role. It was really exciting to watch him. He added layers to the character that were not on the page and layers that were not in the comic books. He made Steve Rogers into a real flesh-and-blood character and it was fantastic to watch."
Obviously Johnston isn't going to come out and say, "You know what? We made a really shitty flick," but I suppose it's encouraging that he's so excited about the movie, especially considering how bad his experience was on The Wolfman. But as someone who hasn't forgotten about Jurassic Park III and Wolfman (he was still the director), I'm going to keep my hype in check and wait for the first trailer before I form a more solid opinion. As someone who still enjoys The Rocketeer, if he can bring the action and adventure of that back on the screen (without the cheese) for Captain America, I think we'll be in for a great flick. How about you?