Is The Captain America Movie Being Put On Hold? (Updated)

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Has The Wolfman done what Batroc The Leaper, Baron Zemo and even Iron Man couldn't manage? New rumors are claiming that the poor box office performance of director Joe Johnston's werewolf movie may have resulted in Cap's (temporary?) demise. UPDATED.


Movie blog Remington's Cinema is claiming that anonymous sources from the set of John Landis' Burke and Hare are saying that Marvel/Disney have postponed the Cap project from its announced 2011 release following the flop of Johnston's The Werewolf, teasing that the decision may allow the studio to switch directors.

How this squares with recent rumors about the movie finally screen testing potential Caps is unclear, although it's possible that any possible postponement may also allow Marvel more time to find the right celluloid sentinel of liberty. Or maybe they just want to disabuse Johnston of his "Cap can sing and dance during WWII" idea...


UPDATE: A Marvel Studios spokesman has been in contact to reassure us that this rumor is untrue, and that Captain America is still targeted for its 2011 release, with Johnston attached.

Joe Johnston's Captain America: Shelved? [Remington's Cinema]

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Johnston is by no means a director but the Wolfman flopping is nowhere near solely his fault. It was troubled when Mark Romanek dropped out due to creative differences and he was brought in hastily. Sure, he had troubles with editors and the studio but the ONLY filmmaker I know that ever managed to save a sinking ship is Brad Bird with Ratatouille.

The Wolfman was DESTINED to be a flop. I don't think it could've ever made back its money, no matter how good it was (it cost more than Van Helsing). Benicio Del Toro has never proven to be able to headline a blockbuster on his own. And the content by its very nature holds it back: It's period but not funny (like Sherlock Holmes and Pirates of the Carribean), it's R Rated but the violence isn't hip and stylized (like say, The Matrix, Wanted, or 300), and the monster in the movie isn't a shirtless teenager.

I'm positive the Mark Romanek version would have done just as well at the BO as this version.

And finally, he may not have the dramatic weight of Marvel's other A-list directors, but Johnston was someone with whom I could entrust a WWII era sensibility without turning it into an ugly, shaky-cam or super bullet-time shootemup.

Also, Johnston is one of my biggest influences growing up as far as illustration and visual effects go, so I'm willing to cut him some slack.