America Movie History
very first movie of Captain America came in a 1944 movie serial
where Captain America is not Steve Rogers but Grant Gardner a
lawyer. Worse than that his weapon is a pistol instead of his
shield! If you would like to own this movie to see it
yourself, you can
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the whole 1940's Cap Movie Serial online
came a cartoon series around 1966. The animation was a choppy style
with limited movement. Get
a copy from Amazon. Of course Cap would appear on more than just
this cartoon series as he would pop up in Spider-man and his Amazing
Friends, Fox's Spiderman cartoon, and Fox's cartoon the Avengers.
to the movies. The next attempt at Captain America would be a couple
of TV movies starring Reb Brown in 1979. At the time this TV movies
came out I have to admit as a kid I loved them. Generally they receive
bad marks with fans though, mainly due to the fact they are so way
off base from the comic book Captain America. But a lot of comic
fans enjoy it simply for the nostalgia. You can get
both movies on one DVD.
Finally around 1991 came Captain America
the straight to VHS movie. As bad as some say it is. I have to say its
not the worse thing ever put out by Hollywood. It's even
entertaining. But it's not a great monumental comic book action
extravaganza either. The movie makers at least give us a Captain
America who did fight in World War 2, was named Steve Rogers, and
fights the evil Red Skull. What they did wrong was immediately throw
Steve Rogers into suspended animation in Alaska, had Steve Rogers
from California instead of New York which could be overlooked, but
the worst thing they did was have the Red Skull as an Italian. He's
a German Nazi not an Italian!
Way before the new Captain
America movie came out, I wrote the following about what I hoped
would be in a Cap movie.
My personal take on what
would make a good Captain America movie.
The first mistake movie makers
usually make with comic book movies is straying too far away from
the source material. Which usually happens because they don't know
much about the character to begin with.
Take the Spiderman movie, it
was successful because the guy in charge was a huge Spidey fan.
That's the first step. Then you need people to work on the movie who
really know how to make a good movie period. Take good actors, and a
good script and you've got a good foundation for good Cap movie.
There's the potential for
great material both in the War Era and when Cap goes to the modern
era. The movie story in my opinion should concentrate primarily on
Cap's adventures in World War 2. I think Cap could be a
trilogy at the very least. So he shouldn't go to the modern era
until possibly the third movie. If I had my way I would make a
trilogy in World War 2 and one final movie in the modern era.
Obviously it would cost a lot
to make but if the movie has a great story it doesn't necessarily
have to have the very latest and most expensive state of the art
effects that make these type of comic book movies take forever to
get off the ground floor. Even so I can imagine huge explosive
scenes where Cap is in the middle of war torn Europe fighting
alongside our troops. The movie should reflect how events in
the war like Pearl Harbor affect Cap. The movie needs to capture the
feeling of the people of that era. As Captain America represents the
people of America as much as the United States is by the people and
for the people. Yes, Captain America should be so patriotic that it
makes some laugh, because Cap is similar to Superman in his Boy
Scout mentality. He firmly believes in the United States of America,
the Constitution, and the spirit of America created by the Founding
Fathers. If this part of Cap's personality isn't explored then the
movie will be worthless. After all no much how much action is in a
movie you have to know what the character is about, and you have to
like the character. In Cap's case the audience needs to respect him.
They should feel as if their watching a war hero in action. If
the movie producers need any help with this I suggest watching John
Wayne war movies and old Ronald Reagan speeches for Cap's attitude.
Even if your not a Reagan fan you have to admit their are not very
many speeches in the modern era that sound more patriotic or
inspiring than what came from Ronald Reagan.
As far as Bucky goes, he needs
to be there but I don't think he necessarily needs to play a large
role. Perhaps he could just be a private in the army who befriends
Cap and then attempts to help him in costume at the very end of the
war. If Bucky is not there then an important aspect of Cap's
personality in the present will be overlooked. Every comic fan
knows that Bucky dies in World War 2 and that Cap blames himself in
the modern era.
Finally to any potential movie
producers out there reading this, the most important thing needed to
make a major motion picture of Captain America successful is it has
to be a inspiring historical fantasy with great swashbuckling
entertainment like a super patriotic Indiana Jones. Oh on the actor
to play Cap, get an unknown who really knows how to act period. It
wouldn't hurt to get someone who really is patriotic. It's hard to
fake stuff like that. Maybe an ex-Marine. I know there's probably
not that many ex-Marines who get into acting but it would be a good
idea. If you get a super star it will just cost an extra 20 million
and you'll put yourself in the position of having comic fans
screaming that guy! He can't play Cap. I just can't imagine him
playing Cap. You can never please everyone but if nobody knows who
the guy is playing Cap they can't complain until after they've seen
the movie. Besides how many movies flop even with big stars.
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One more quick example
to help possible production of a new Captain America Movie
Put in Reagan's speech
John Wayne's war hero
the Lone Ranger's code of
Jackie Chan's acrobatics
and fighting skills
Cool Cap and a
Got it! Good!
email me at email@example.com
Of course we Cap fans were all
given a great Captain America movie in 2011 with Captain America:
The First Avenger which hopefully is just the first in a long line
of Cap films. Even as I write this filming is underway for the
Avengers which brings back Chris Evans as Captain America along with
other great Marvel characters like Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, etc.
Captain America:The First Avenger
was directed by Joe Johnston, written by Christopher Markus and
Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo
Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Neal
McDonough, Derek Luke, and Stanley Tucci. The film tells the story
of Steve Rogers, a sickly man from Brooklyn who is transformed into
super soldier Captain America to help the war effort. Captain
America must also stop Red Skull, Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of
weaponry and leader of a terrorist organization, who intends to use
a mysterious tesseract energy-source for world domination.
The movie is still playing as of
the time of this writing, and has grossed an estimated $325.7
million dollar world wide as of August 2011.
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