Monday, February 08, 2010

Movie News: Captain America, a witch-hunter, Frankenstien, and Adele

Captain America



Director Joe Johnston's cashed in some of Marvel Studios' goodwill by releasing some silly-sounding details about his vision for the Captain America movie. Most of it's just fine - casting an unknown in the lead role, setting the bulk of the story in WWII Europe, making Red Skull the main villain, etc. - but there's one bit that's pretty terrifying.
After he’s made into this super-soldier, they decide they can’t send him into combat and risk him getting killed. He’s the only one and they can’t make more. So they say, ‘You’re going to be in this USO show’ and they give him a flag suit.
Really. The US government creates the ultimate super-soldier, so instead of putting him into battle they have him doing USO shows? Johnston goes on to say that Cap goes AWOL from the USO in order to fight and "covers up the suit," but then realizes it's a symbol for the troops and allows him to become a leader. He covers up the suit? He can't just take it off?

I realize that I've now become that guy who hates on a movie that he hasn't yet seen, but nothing about this USO idea sounds any damn good. Still, there's a long way to go before the film's made and plenty of time to trash the idea. And who knows? Maybe they can pull off a singing, dancing Captain America better than I think they can.

Still... scary.

Season of the Witch



Speaking of scary, I kind of like this trailer for Nicholas Cage's Season of the Witch. It starts off looking like a horror movie, but turns into something more like a supernatural adventure. It's Nicholas Cage playing a knight, so it could be Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves meets Van Helsing, but I'm hoping it can be more like Brotherhood of the Wolf.

I, Frankenstein



Kevin Grevioux's Frankenstein movie has been greenlit. Back when it was first announced they were calling it an action story where the modern-day Monster carries guns and fights other famous monsters like vampires, werewolves, mummies, goblins, and ghosts. Grevioux is the creator of Underworld and the director for I, Frankenstein is the same guy who directed Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, so if you like those movies - which I do - this one sounds promising too.

Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adele Blanc-Sec: Second Trailer



Now with mummies!
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