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Exclusive: Captain America — Joe Johnston, One Question, One Answer

Earths Mightiest caught up with Joe Johnston regarding The First Avenger: Captain America for one quick question.
EARTHS MIGHTIEST: What are the challenges of creating a period film that the modern day audience is going to be able to connect with?

JOE JOHNSTON: The challenge of making ANY period film is to both immerse the audience in the period without letting them feel alienated by it, so the period becomes an asset. We want the film to feel contemporary in the way it's shot and performed, set in the Marvel version of the 1940's. THE FIRST AVENGER - CAPTAIN AMERICA is not what you'd call a "war movie" by any means. It's a high adrenaline, action/adventure film with a great underlying character story. It just happens to take place in the 1940's. A car chase, for instance, still has to be a white knuckle experience, and if we have to hot rod the cars and add modern technology to get them to perform, that's what we do. We have a stock-looking 1940 Ford that will blow past any car from THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS like it's standing still.

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So who will be driving that suped up Ford? Cap, Villain or someone else?

Great Job Ed!
DogsOfWar - 4/22/2010, 10:32 AM
Awesome GO JOE :)
teabag - 4/22/2010, 10:38 AM
I have no idea who the driver will be, but it sounds cool.
EdGross - 4/22/2010, 10:47 AM
and quite authentic as well.
superdog - 4/22/2010, 11:07 AM
Nice one @ ED!!!
777LEEE - 4/22/2010, 11:15 AM
Colton - 4/22/2010, 11:27 AM
Cool find!!
SHHH - 4/22/2010, 11:51 AM
Very nice

THESWOF - 4/22/2010, 11:53 AM
Thanks, guys. I hope to keep 'em coming.

And for anyone new to Earths Mightiest, I hope you'll poke around a bit. There's plenty here.
EdGross - 4/22/2010, 11:59 AM
Another newbie here. Just wanted to weight in quickly. I'm trusting Marvel on this one. The story matters most. So, I'm sure they've got a framework where even a suspect director and lead can't screw it up. Like one guy said before, I'm more worried about Johnston than Evans. At the same time, I do wish they would have gotten either an established actor or a newbie that looked the part. I'm one of the few fanboys that actually seemed to enjoy the other Fantastic Four movies (yeah they could've been better but they weren't the stinkers to me that seems to be the universal opinion in geekland). Still the worst thing about those movies was the casting. Chris Evans did pull off Johnny Storm but it irked me that they couldn't find a blonde to play the role. That's less important with a pivotal character like Cap leading up to the Avengers movie but I do hope they can pull it off. In Stan I trust.
goldilocks - 4/22/2010, 1:08 PM
Welcome goldilocks :)
superdog - 4/22/2010, 1:13 PM
@DogsOfWar I'm guessing a villain's driving a suped up ford and cap will be riding his iconic Harley, that would be pretty hot.

Seeing how some of Johnston's best work has been period films, I'm not all that worried for this movie. Awesome job Ed.
ReillyParker - 4/22/2010, 5:24 PM
Thanks, ReillyParker.

I agree: Johnston's work on Rocketeer and October Sky is wonderful.
EdGross - 4/22/2010, 7:22 PM
Like one guy said before, I'm more worried about Johnston than Evans.

that's for shure: Joe is the key name on this one; he is the front man, not Evans... he is gonna take all the responsibility for the movie.
11viking11 - 4/23/2010, 9:47 AM
That was an awesome question Ed! Thanks for putting this up for us!
InstigatorGIRL - 4/26/2010, 10:26 AM
good question...
SHHH - 5/5/2010, 11:53 AM

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