November 21, 2008

Comics films update

The writers of "Captain America" have been named -- they're Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely of "Chronicles of Narnia" fame. Since I didn't see any "Narnia" flicks, I cannot comment. I can comment on what appears to be the basis for the film: It'll take place during World War II, which makes sense since this is where Cap was "born." For those not in the know, Cap became a superhero via one Steve Rogers volunteering for an experiment to create a "super soldier." After the program's success, a Nazi agent killed the genius who created the formula, making Rogers the only beneficiary of his efforts. (The scientist never committed all of his notes to paper, thus his formula could not be duplicated.)

Cap came to our present era due to a freak accident: in the waning days of WW II, he and partner "Bucky" Barnes jumped onto a Nazi missile aimed at the US in an effort to disarm it. Rogers was thrown clear into the freezing waters below, but Barnes was (supposedly) killed. Rogers was thrown into suspended animation by the incredible cold, and some twenty years later he was discovered by the super-group The Avengers.

In the late 70s there was a "Captain America" TV show. It's beyond cheesy, but Reb Brown sure was, at first glance, a great fit to play the hero. He's a huge blond, blue-eyed dude who, if he could actually act, would be the perfect hero! Then, in 1990, an awful straight-to-video flick featured the equally awful Matt Salinger as Cap. Salinger's physique ain't in any way muscular, and he's not all that tall; in other words, he was laughable as a superhero. And his arch nemesis the Red Skull was turned into -- wait for it -- an Italian!! Sorry, but the Skull is a German Nazi -- only.

Given the political climate of today, it'll sure be interesting to see the "tone" of the Cap flick. After all, will it be politically correct to have a guy running around in a suit covered in Old Glory, even if it was during WW II? Will we see Cap engage in a 20/20 hindsight moralizing (like he did in some of his comics) about incidents like the Dresden firebombing and the dropping of the A-bombs?

The film is supposedly going to set up the goods for "The Avengers" film, in which Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Edward Norton (The Hulk) have supposedly agreed to star. The complete Avengers team (where Cap first appeared) actually did not include the Hulk (he quit the team after only one issue), but was comprised of Iron Man, Thor, Giant Man and the Wasp.

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I saw the Chronicles of Narnia - it was terrific! I'm waiting on Netflix to send us Prince Caspian when it comes out. I only vaguely remember reading these books, as I was about 9 when I did, but the cinematography was excellent, as was the attention to period detail. I'm nitpicky over anachronisms.

Posted by: Bronwen at November 21, 2008 04:52 PM

That movie (at least on the "Earth" side) took place during the war, and they seemed to have some handle on the time period. "The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe" was faithful to the source material and a proper adaptation. (The former doesn't happen enough, if you ask me.) So this is indeed good news, depending on what Marvel demands of them.

Posted by: ShadowWing Tronix at November 22, 2008 10:59 PM