J.D. Salinger And Captain America: Where ‘Catcher In The Rye’ Meets Comics

By Joel Hanek

Many are still mourning the loss of “Catcher in the Rye” author J.D. Salinger, who passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Even though the enigmatic writer was beloved by filmmakers and the entertainment industry in general, none of his works were ever officially sanctioned for adaption into film (and the ones that did were not well received).

However, in addition to Holden Caulfield, Mr. Salinger also had a hand in creating another prolific American character… so to speak. His son, Matt Salinger, portrayed Steve Rogers in the forgotten 1990 adaptation of “Captain America.”

While there’s a lot of buzz about the forthcoming “The First Avenger: Captain America” movie, this ‘90s tale of the Nazi-bashing Avenger reminds us of an era when — save for Tim Burton — Hollywood wasn’t quite sure how to pull off the comic book adaptation. And lucky for us, the full movie is available on Hulu.com — and now, right here in this post, too.

Armed with feathered blonde hair, a latex jumpsuit, and of course, his trusty shield, Matt Salinger suits up in this Captain America origin story. And though the script leaves something to be desired, you can definitely see why Salinger — who fits Steve Rogers’ physical description perfectly — was cast in the role.

Sure, this film is clearly flawed (Red Skull not only has a full head of hair, but he looks rather, uh, orange), it’s worth viewing for the cheese-factor alone.

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