Why I need the future Captain America movie to be a piece of Superhero movie art.

As an Iconic comic book character, Captain America does not have a very impressive history on the silver screen. Hopefully this is a losing streak that will soon be over...

By now it must be pretty obvious to anyone who ends up on this site that I am somewhat excited about the prospects for the future Captain America movie from Marvel entertainment ( and I guess now also from Disney?), The Last Avenger: Captain America. What might not be so obvious is how I feel about the history of the good Captain in both the movies and on television. You can check out my past posts on earlier portrayals of Captain America to get some idea of what has come before. ( there are several of them, so feel free to just browse through my archives, lol ) I believe that several of these are now available as Captain America DVD retail copies.The only area of Captain America on screen that I may have neglected so far would be the 1960's cartoon portrayal of the character, which was a cartoon series dedicated solely to the character as opposed to the cameos that he may have received over the last few years on other characters features or series or even on team-based animated features, such as the Ultimates animated movie. Unfortunately, as with both the 1960's Hulk cartoons and Iron Man cartoons from the same the production company, the 60's Captain America cartoon series seemed to come off as a poor relation to the much more entertaining Spiderman cartoons of the same time period. To see for yourself what I am taliking about, I have included below a sample from the opening credits of the 1960's Cap cartoon series. Enjoy...





Also rather regrettable is the fact that in his earlier Big Screen incarnations, Captain America has never really been portrayed in any efforts that could be described as being overly entertaining or enjoyable without the consumption of copious amounts of alcoholic beverages. True, the 1940's portrayal of such characters as Batman and Superman were no better than the portrayal of Captain America on film, but at least those other two aforementioned icons would (much) later receive very impressive silver screen treatments, Captain America, unfortunately, would not. You have probably seen scenes from the 1990 Captain America movie somewhere online by now, and if not again, you can find the original trailer in the archives here, but for reasons other than curiosity there is not really much of a reason to check it out. I guess what I am getting at in my own roundabout way, is that I personally am really hoping that the upcoming Captain America movie is a smash hit and artistic success loved by comicbook fans all over, much the way the recent Iron Man movie was, not just for the implications that would carry for the success of the future Marvel studios projects that would follow, but equally so that us Cap fans could finally point at something and say, 'see, you really can make a good Captain America movie!' I am not going to turn this post into a debate of any kind over the merits of Joe Johnston as the choice for the movie's director, or express my feelings on the various names being thrown about for who would be the best choice for the role of the Captain and Steve Rogers, since this is being adequately covered on numerous other sites. Besides, in a few months we should be hearing some casting announcements which will make most of these discussions moot anyway.

A decent new Captain America movie? I guess that we will all have a couple of years to wait and see if such a dream can come true...

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