Whether it’s an indie darling like Jon Favreau directing Iron Man, a theatrical powerhouse like Kenneth Branagh helming Thor or a thrilling young up-and-comer like Louis Leterrier taking on The Incredible Hulk, Marvel has always managed to impress. So, with that in mind, who has Marvel signed on to direct Captain America, one of the most iconic characters in its stable?
Joe Johnston. Come on, you know, Joe Johnston. The man who directed Jurassic Park III. And, um, The Rocketeer. Oh, you know him. He wrote one episode of the Star Wars Droids cartoon spin-off in 1895. Joe Johnston, you know. Old Joey Jo-Jo Johnston. This Captain America film is going to freaking rule.
Aspiring superhero movie directors, listen up. We’ve worked something out that we think you should probably know. if you want to get Marvel’s attention, you should think about making a film about a magical board game.
We’re being serious. Why did Marvel pick Jon Favreau to direct Iron Man? Because of his work on Zathura: A Space Adventure. And why has Marvel picked Joe Johnston to direct Captain America? Because of his work on Jumanji. And it’s fairly obvious that Kenneth Branagh was asked to direct Thor because of his bleak directorial masterpiece Gooey Louie: The Motion Picture.
But, look, that’s not the point. The point is that Marvel has signed Joe Johnston to direct its upcoming First Avenger: Captain America movie. Why? Because between Terrence Howard and Edward Norton Marvel has realised that big stars also come with big fees and unmanageably big egos? No, not at all – it’s just that everyone at Marvel thinks that Jurassic Park III is the best Jurassic Park film, even better than the ones that made much more money and got much better reviews. Ahem. Reuters reports:
“Jurassic Park III” director Joe Johnston has signed a deal to bring the Marvel comic-book hero Captain America to the big screen. “First Avenger: Captain America,” a World War II-set movie, is scheduled for release in 2011 through Marvel Studios. No writers are on board, but the studio expects to hire shortly.
Since he’s currently working on a version of The Wolfman that more or less just involves asking Benicio Del Toro to not shave for about 45 minutes and then filming the results, First Avenger: Captain America looks like it could be the biggest movie of Joe Johnston’s career.
After all, it doesn’t have a script yet and Marvel is already hyping Captain America as hard as it can. So, if that continues, there’s a chance that First Avenger: Captain America will be one of the biggest hits of 2011 in North America and the terrorist states that’ll use it to demonstrate America’s beligerant patriotism to its angry young recruits.
That just leaves the question of who’ll play Captain America. A few weeks ago Will Smith expressed an interest, but now that he’s gone off to massacre a film that we love instead, it looks like it’s wide open. It’s obvious that the role needs to be played by someone fiercely all-American, so may we suggest Eddie Izzard from The Riches? Or maybe the guy from House? Or Jimmy McNulty from The Wire. Or one of Flight Of The Conchords. Yes. Any of them please.