Joe Johnston, who directs “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the upcoming addition to Marvel Studios’ slate of superhero films, is no stranger to big-budget action flicks; his previous credits include “Jurassic Park III,” “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and “The Rocketeer.”
But “Captain America” presented the unique challenge of bringing the comic book World War II-era adventures of Steve Rogers to life on the big screen. The result is a film that’s a period piece with a futuristic bent, Johnston told Hero Complex in March.
“This is futurism in the 1940s; if you went to 1942 and thought of what the future would be, that’s what the approach was,” Johnston said. “Sometimes when we had questions and we were stuck we would say, ‘What would Indiana Jones do? What would be the answer to this in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”?’ I’ve always loved ‘Raiders’ and the great achievement of it was the tone and the fresh feeling of the movie. It was period but didn’t feel like it was made in the period. It felt like a contemporary film about this period in the past, and that is the goal we have with ‘Captain America.'”
To find out more about “Captain America,” which hits theaters next week, join Johnston in a live chat on Tuesday, July 19, at 11 a.m. PST, right here on Hero Complex. Sign up for a reminder below.
— Noelene Clark
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