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Joe Johnston Talks First Cut of Captain America: The First Avenger

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January 19, 2011
Source: Hero Complex

Captain America

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?

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  • cregs
    god...I hope this suck donkey balls
  • cregs
    I meant "DOESNT" Suck donkey balls
  • I just can't get over that "baggy" look of the costume. Why isn't it more form fitting?
    • Nick S.
      i know what you mean here. on the other hand i'd RATHER it look slightly too baggy then overly dramatic and tight fitting.
  • harm
    The costume looks fine. Go watch Saving Private Ryan and you'll see it has a bit of similarity to the uniforms of the era, slightly baggy etc.
  • Dave
    Remember when Spielberg said that Transformers 2 was the BEST Michael Bay's movie? I will see CA and hope to be good.
  • lane
    yeah i'll see it, but i wonder how Johnston felt about Hidalgo, JP 3, and Jumanji while filming
  • SuicidalOptimist
    I have faith in this! If the attention to detail in the costume is any indication, I think this will be great. P.S.: Why isn't there an article about Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy being casted as Catwoman and Bane resepectively,yet!?
  • stiffy
    gay
    • Splinter
      dumb A*S
    • Chris
      hahaha
  • !5AAK
    Looks weird but Im' still going to see it.
  • DSPBuddy
    I could turn out to be wrong, but this doesn't ring of quality to me. Jurrasic park III and the Wolfman should have been 2 reasons why Johnston should have been passed up by the studios... I think its evident in his pick for the lead in Captain America that this movie will flop heavily. It makes sense that Johnston wouldn't have watch any of Evans previous work, because if he had, I don't think this guy would have been in the conversation for lead at all. I wish them luck though but I think without a realistic spin such as what Chris Nolan has brought into the Batman trilogy, all these superhero movies are going to quickly become viewed as cheesy. Let's hope for Captain America's sake that the early 20th century setting and its "1939 Sedans" will be strong enough to carry the storyline. DOUBT IT.
    • Trout87
      I couldn't have said it better myself!
  • The Douche
    I sense a G.I. Joe type movie here. Dammit!
    • Lagoya
      Oh for the love of god, NO!
  • Spider
    We shall see how this flick turns out! I am going to check it out. I still believe we will see at least another version of the suit in the flick. The fact that all circulating stills(pics) suggest that the entire flick will take place throughout that era makes some of us doubt that this flick will be any good. I will be optimistic and say that this is done so as not to give too much away when the storyline whisks into the present time!
  • Anonymous
    T R A I L E R
    • Solo Calrissian
      TRAY-LERRRRRRRR
      • Anonymous
        Movie pictures with epic music that last two minutes and give us a taste of what to expect! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Cortesrichie16
    Chris evans wasn't a good human torch but man a Captain America!! Heck yeah
  • grapefruit
    I think he played the human torch character good. I still have faith in this movie. T R A I L E R P L E A S E !
  • Risk
    I've got blue balls here. Just give us a damn trailer so I can scream like a little girl with fan boy excitement.
  • sabs
    how could someone make a marvel movie without watching other marvel movies like fantastic 4? as for the state of movies in hollywood, it's no wonder they picked the director of JP3. I'm sure that movie wasn't very expensive to make, and 3d, which this will no doubt have, will hide a lot of that cheap made for tv feel i have a feeling this will have. the Expendables anyone?
  • even though the costume could be better im still gonna watch this

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