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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

‘Captain America’ Director:
‘This is not about America…’

From John Nolte's blog-post regarding comments made by the director of the forthcoming "Captain America" movie:

“We’re sort of putting a slightly different spin on Steve Rogers,” said Joe Johnston. “He’s a guy that wants to serve his country but he’s not a flag-waver. We’re reinterpretating sort of what the comic book version of Steve Rogers was.”

Well, I think I can safely say that this is one Marvel movie that is going to suck. Johnston is apparently trying to beat Ang Lee to the bottom of the pile.

Or he's trying to show that he's yet another ignorant Hollywood twat who can't actually be bothered to READ the source material he's adapting.

Will someone tell Palooka Joe here that he should READ "Essential Captain America" Vol. 1--not just look at the pictures--to see that he doesn't have to "reinvent" Steve Rogers.

Steve Rogers was NEVER a "my country, right or wrong" sort of guy, except for a very brief period during some comics from the 1950s, which Marvel Comics later "revealed" as being a fake Captain America (as seen in "Essential Captain American" Vol. 3). Steve Rogers has always believed in the ideal the United States represents--the idea of freedom and justice for all--and that is always what he has been fighting for.

What is it with these dumbasses who think they are superior to those filthy little hacks who created characters that have stood the test of time, dumbasses who think they can improve on the stories of Joe Albano and Michael Fleisher, or even Will Eisner for God's sake?!

I simply do not understand the out-of-control ego that motivates such ignorant, arrogant ass-hattery. I understand that there must be some changes when material is adapted from one medium to another. I understand that updates may have to take place at times. I've been involved in that process more than once. What people like Johnston engage in is change for the sake of change... and they implement their changes in ignorance.

For Nolte's full column, click on the link.

Big Hollywood: ‘Captain America’ Director: ‘This is not about America…’

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