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Old 04-12-2008
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Question Is a Captain America movie a good idea?

This forum needs a new thread desperately and I was just thinking about if now would be a good time to make a Captain America movie?

For those of you who haven't been following the comics, there was a story arc a while back called "Civil War." Basically a group of untrained teenage superheroes were killed, along with most of Stamford, by a villain named Nitro (he can explode his body and reform it at will.) Congress passed the Superhuman Registration Act which would require all superheroes to give up their secret identities and register with the government like security employees. Some heroes did not want to do that for the life they built with their secret identities would be compromised and their loved one would be put in danger. The pro-registration team was lead by Iron Man and the anti-registration team was lead by Captain America. After a long and exhausting battle that destroyed much of New York, Captain America gave himself up and surrendered to stand trail. He was assassinated on the steps of the court building before going to trial. Yes Captain America is dead if you didn't know and missed the headlines. His old partner, James "Bucky" Barnes (a.k.a Winter Soldier) has taken over the mantle of Captain America.

Okay, long explanations aside, I am wondering if now would be a good time for a Captain America movie. There is an old saying "dead heroes sell." Well Cap is dead, or in suspended cryogenics depending on the next issue, so this might be a good chance to get interest up. Let me know what you guys think, if anything about it at all.
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Who would you pick to play Captain America?
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Wow, what a question. You would have to take an actor but because in the wrong hands it would get really cheesy really fast. Hm...
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Josh Duhamel

Or

Paul Walker.


Hands down. Actually, more Walker than Duhamel, but I liked him in TRANSFORMERS, so he seems like he could fit the bill.
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Thumbs up This could be a blessing or curse to whomever takes the role.

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This reminds me of something Bryan Singer said about Wolverine's look. He some thing to the effect he wanted to stay as true to his look (the hair) as possible with worrying about him looking like some weird guy a Flock of Seagulls hairdo sitting in a bar smoking a cigar.

The point is that it is hard to know how cool or ridiculous the costumes are going to look on the big screen. They knew the individual costumes for each of the X-Men were going to be difficult and distracting so they chose one basic theme (which also made them look more consistent as a team and really paved the way for the look of the comic book versions, both Uncanny and Ultimate.) They also knew that a black and white costume with a target on the forehead wouldn't be taken seriously or strike fear into the heart of anyone which is why Bullseye didn't have a costume in Daredevil. The costumes worn by Batman, Superman, the Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Dr. Doom, Silver Surfer, Mr Hyde and Spiderman all worked not only because they looked good and comic-accurate, but they were worn by actors and actresses who gave them credence.

It take just the right actor/actress to put on the red, white and blue. There are few out there who would also be able to look the part of Steve Rogers, both before as a skinny weakling and after taking the super soldier serum as Captain America. It would have to be someone with a "classic" look because he was born in the late 20s and frozen for many years. My choices range from very obvious to odd.

Matt Damon: He was Jason Bourne, nuff said.
Guy Pierce: This guy (no pun intended) can go from playing a cross-dresser to an amnesiac to a Napoleonic swordsman to an inventor of the time machine with losing any credibility.
Alan Tudyk: I think he is under-rated and has more than enough ability to give this character the personality needed. His resume of movies proves that.

My questions now are:
Who would be his opposing villain?
What era would this take place in, modern times of WWII?
Would he have a side-kick?
If so would it be Bucky or Rick Jones?
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A Captain America film. There has been talk for ages and ages and I am of the opinion that in the current political climate, and done well, it would go down very well. (Has anybody mentioned/seen the one that was produced in the early 90's? Straight to video, because yes: it was pants.)

I think the bulk of the story would be based around his defrosting, there is no reason why the WWII origins should be altered, it makes sense.

I think the main stumbling block in a modern production is getting the costume right. If you ask me it looks crap at the best of times. Why not have 'Cappy' wear the standard in the 'flashback WWII scenes' and then update it, for a modern veiwpoint for the remainder? Darker colours? More monotone? A little more stealthier? Give me a good reason why a film can't do this? That's films perogative I say (and lets face it DD's costume looked excellent, Iron Man looks awesome etc. etc.).

Actor? I reckon Tim should do it, we would have to pump him full of steroids but that could be all sorts of fun.

Villian? In the pants version it was the Red Skull. Communism is not such in issue these days is it? Or is it? Can RS be North Korean?
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Josh Duhamel

Or

Paul Walker.


Hands down. Actually, more Walker than Duhamel, but I liked him in TRANSFORMERS, so he seems like he could fit the bill.
After seeing Paul Walker in Pleasantville I see how you might think he could pull off the old fashion personality, but I would rather not have him play Cap. He does look the part, in a way. One thing people don't realize is that Steve Rogers went for a skinny 109 lbs weakling to a 200+ lbs power-house after taking the super soldier serum. It would be nice to be able to show that transformation (like they did with Peter Parker in the first Spiderman movie.) Walker looks a bit too much like a "before" photo of Steve Rogers.

Josh Duhamel is bound to be in a comic book movie (I mean besides Transformers.) I am thinking more along the lines of Clinton Barton/Hawkeye. He just looks the part and I immediately thought of Hawkeye after reading his name in this post.

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A Captain America film. There has been talk for ages and ages and I am of the opinion that in the current political climate, and done well, it would go down very well. (Has anybody mentioned/seen the one that was produced in the early 90's? Straight to video, because yes: it was pants.)

I think the bulk of the story would be based around his defrosting, there is no reason why the WWII origins should be altered, it makes sense.

I think the main stumbling block in a modern production is getting the costume right. If you ask me it looks crap at the best of times. Why not have 'Cappy' wear the standard in the 'flashback WWII scenes' and then update it, for a modern veiwpoint for the remainder? Darker colours? More monotone? A little more stealthier? Give me a good reason why a film can't do this? That's films perogative I say (and lets face it DD's costume looked excellent, Iron Man looks awesome etc. etc.).

Actor? I reckon Tim should do it, we would have to pump him full of steroids but that could be all sorts of fun.

Villian? In the pants version it was the Red Skull. Communism is not such in issue these days is it? Or is it? Can RS be North Korean?
I remember that one well. The costumer didn't have holes for his ears to stick out, it had rubber ears attached. It was terrible right down to his cheesy motor cycle and obviously rubber suit.

Don't forget the two made-for-tv movies in the 70s Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon.

I think if they show costumes from both eras, the first should look more like an old army uniform like this and the modern design should look more protective with light-weight metals and Kevlar like this Just my take on it.

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Um...there is a Captain America film. It is called, oddly enough, Captain America.


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Um...there is a Captain America film. It is called, oddly enough, Captain America.


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Except Xavier mentioned that already.

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Talking Thanks for restating that Zombie Boy, duh.

There have actually been three Captain America movies, my point was should there be a new Captain America movie made? Those two were straight to video and made-for-tv so they don't really count as motion pictures.
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