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And Now, the Decline of the Comic Book Movie

November 12, 2008

So, let me get this straight:  “Iron Man” gets handed to Jon Favreau, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” gets handled by Gavin Hood, the first two “X-Men” films were the babies of Bryan Singer, and “Captain America” gets Joe Johnston.

Let’s take a look at Johnston’s credits, shall we?

Jurassic Park 3
Honey I Shrunk the Kids
The Pagemaster
The Rocketeer
Jumanji
October Sky
Hidalgo

Out of the seven, “October Sky” is passable, “Jurassic Park 3” is shlocky fun, and “Hildago” was reportedly decent.

Joe Johnston must have sacrificed a dog or a goat or a freaking elephant to be handed “Captain America”.  I wonder what he’ll have to sacrifice to keep from dying at the hands of millions of comic fans when he takes our beloved Cap and turns him into a one-dimensional, pro-government wiener.

If there is proof that Joe Johnston has read a “Captain America” comic sometime in the last ten years, I might find some hope for this film.  But right now I think Marvel’s made a huge misstep putting a guy on the payroll who polluted the world with “Jumanji”.

Will it be visually pretty?  Most likely.  Johnston won awards for his work on “Radiers of the Lost Ark”, but that was as a visual designer, not a director.  As a director, Johnston hasn’t produced anything above “decent”.

This is not the director needed for Captain America.  Captain America deserves better than this.

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