Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hollywood To Strip Captain America Of His Patriotism

I wonder what he will wear on his uniform, the sickly blue colors of the United Nations?

The LA Times, via Big Hollywood reports on a big, but predictable, disappointment:

The director of "Captain America: The First Avenger," the 2011 summer blockbuster that will coincide with the character's 70th anniversary, says the screen version of the hero will be true to his roots -- up to a certain point.
"We're sort of putting a slightly different spin on Steve Rogers," said Joe Johnston, whose past directing credits include "Jurassic Park III" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." He's a guy that wants to serve his country, but he's not a flag-waver. We're reinterpreting, sort of, what the comic book version of Steve Rogers was."

Reinterpreting him to be exactly what Hollywood wants their heroes to be: Anti-American foreigners, or anti-American Americans ashamed of their national heritage. Need proof? Go to the end of the LA Times story:

"Yeah, and it's also the idea that this is not about America so much as it is about the spirit of doing the right thing," the director said. "It's an international cast and an international story. It's about what makes America great and what make the rest of the world great too."

So the Captain America movie is not going to to be about the American spirit, but the spirit - in Joe Johnson's eyes - of doing what he believes to be the "right thing". Since there is no such thing as "American exceptionalism", as he makes perfectly clear above. And what is that spirit, in the mind of a Hollywood producer? Fighting terrorists, or fighting Israel? Fighting for America, or fighting against it? Will Captain America show his love for his country they way the Democrats did in 2000-2008 - by calling her (and her leaders) out for every ill in the world? I don't want to imagine what this "Captain America" will look like, or sound like, having to ape Joey Johnson's warped Hollywood-based ideas of morality....

John Nolte at Big Hollywood sees it has just another part of the bigger Hollywood picture show:

Like the mainstream media, once you figure out Hollywood’s nothing more than a left-wing propaganda machine, all your confusion will lift and every seemingly counter-intuitive move they make when it comes to profits, artistic integrity,and the very basics of right and wrong, will suddenly make perfect sense. Trust me on this. Just try looking at the industry through that prism for one week and see if the clouds of confusion don’t suddenly lift.

The same industry that spent hundreds of million of dollars on a dozen-plus embarrassingly awful anti-American flops that were specifically designed to undermine morale at home so we would lose the war in Iraq is now putting the brakes on the Americanism of a character named Captain America?

Prediction: The critics will love it - it feeds right into their pre-conceived notions - but box office will invariably disappoint, as it inexplicably seems to with every anti-American "lib flick", no matter how "A list" the star may be...

I prefer to remember Captain America this way, from his rebranding in 2008 - screaming for vengeance, and packing serious frickin' heat:

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