Hollywood is making another comic book movie. This time they move into the life of my favorite superhero, Captain America. I’m scared. Oh yes I’m excited, I’m anxious to see how the story line will follow – or differ – from the origin of Cap in the comic books, and I’m thrilled to see the best superhero of all time get his own film.
On the other hand, maybe things are better left untouched. Whether good or bad, the influence Hollywood can have on our perceptions over a variety of different issues is flat out amazing. Take Oliver Stone’s 1991 epic JFK. Although there had always been a good number of conspiracy theorists out there, Stone’s movie catapulted the believe in a near world-wide cover up and sent the diminished reputation (rightfully so) of Jim Garrison skyrocketing to the place where he still holds a kind of heroic stature in the minds of most Americans who have seen the film. Most of our younger generation today see Tobey Maguire when they hear the word Spiderman. And so on. Some of these things are just the reality of making movies, no real harm done. But that doesn’t mean I am necessarily thrilled to see my hero have the potential to get typecast by some lame Hollywood face who has a good jaw line but no idea who the character and man of Steve Rogers really is. Case in point – the portrayal of Reed Richards in The Fantastic Four by Ioan Gruffudd still has me making regular trips to the bathroom for a nice daily dose of vomiting.
Thus far there are 6 or 7 seven men in the running to play Cap. One of them is John Krasinski, an actor from the widely successful t.v. series “The Office.” I am assuming that the makers of this film will try to sign whoever plays Cap for a least a two movie deal so there can be continuity with the release of The Avengers due out in 2012. If you take a look at the Avengers movie page on IMDB, you will notice there is not actor listed to play Cap (Cap is not even listed yet at all).
So, I will keep on eye on this with cautious excitement. Let’s hope they get it right.