It’s my understanding that production is moving ahead on the Captain America movie and we all know what’s going to happen:
Origin story :Steve Rogers is injected with the ‘Super Soldier’ serum and goes from scrawny to awesome in moments. The US government sends him into battle with the Nazis during WWII and he becomes the ‘American Solution’. At some point he will be frozen in time and unfrozen just in time to save the world again. Except that you know they’ll make them Jihadi freedom fighters instead of Nazis and they’ll make a huge production out of his origin story – inventing stuff as they go, because this hasn’t been completely covered in the comics, it’s more a line of dialogue and a frame of flashback – and then have him run around in his, admittedly, very silly costume saving the day. No style. No substance. No nothing. Don’t lie, you know it’s going to happen.
If I were writing this script I would skip the origin story and have them start mid-WWII. Focus on the person he is and the inspiration he is for the troops – showing them the true meaning of valor, bravery and integrity in battle or whatever – and instead of focusing on how Cap got to be Cap (because to be honest, we don’t really care – he’s a super soldier? I can get on board with that. And we’re done. It’s not a leap of faith.), focus instead on Bucky’s origin story. Show me how Bucky became Bucky and I’m there. Because there is no better mirror for who Cap is and what he stands for than the pupil that is Bucky. I say, make us love Bucky, make him love Cap and we’ll have no problem. It provides instant credit for the character who is running around literally wrapped in the American flag, making snap brilliant tactical decisions and demanding respect. In short, make it Captain America: White by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.
Also, let Neal McDonough play him. After seeing Tin Man I realized that, while he has been relegated to supporting roles, McDonough can actually act – very well – and he has the depth, the size and the look to play this character. It’ll never happen, but a girl can dream.
This idea all came about from a conversation I had with my husband yesterday. It went like this:
Him: Louis Leterrier said that Captain America looks like it’s going to be ‘Raiders of the Lost Arc’ meets ‘The Rocketeer’ meets ‘Saving Private Ryan’.
Me: Those three things are not the same. That’s going to be horrible.
Him: Well, I can see elements of all three of those things in Cap.
Me: Really. Enlighten me.
Him: Well, Cap’s all gadgety and stuff like The Rocketter and it’ll be all old-timey with the Raiders stuff, but it’ll also have the war-worn angle with the Saving Private Ryan, or maybe they just threw that in because it’s cool or something.
Me: Uh-huh. Cap can’t fly. Do they know that?
Him: No, but he is frequently para-dropped into places.
Me: I’m going to have to give you that one.
Him: And sometimes he doesn’t have a parachute so he just lands on his shield. The vibranium takes the impact and doesn’t transfer it to him so he survives.
Me: That’s enough now.
We’ll see what happens. Until then, a girl can still dream.