Back in 2008, Marvel Studios hired Joe Johnston to direct "The First Avenger: Captain America," much to the initial surprise of fans. While Johnston's adaptation of "The Rocketeer" was remembered fondly, he was primarily known for directing lighter fare like "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" and "Jumanji."
However, Johnston's extensive movie resume, including a memorable stint at Lucasfilm during the first "Star Wars" trilogy and the first two "Indiana Jones" films, went a long way towards getting Johnston to "Captain America" gig, according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
"I actually think Joe's entire career has been leading up to this," Feige told MTV News during this year's Comic-Con. " If you look at the work he... of course the design work on the original 'Star Wars.' I saw a whole bunch of people dressed up as Boba Fett starting already to line up for his signing later this afternoon."
"The work he did with [Steven] Spielberg on ['Raiders of the Lost Ark'] to the films he's directed, of course 'The Rocketeer,'" continued Feige. I think his whole career has been leading up to this movie."
Earlier this year, Johnston promised that "Captain America" would be a very different kind of superhero movie.
“The great thing about Captain America is he's a super hero without any super powers,” explained Johnston. “Which is why this story, among the hundreds of super hero stories, appealed to me the most. He can't fly, he can't see through walls, he can't do any of that stuff. He's an every man who's been given this amazing gift of transformation into the perfect specimen — the pinnacle of human perfection."
“It's something different," continued Johnston. "It is influenced by the comic book, but it goes off in a completely different direction. It's the origin story of Captain America. It's mostly period — there are modern, present-day bookends on it — but it's basically the story of how Steve Rogers becomes Captain America.”
"The First Avenger: Captain America" is currently filming in London and was recently revealed to be getting a 3-D release when it invades theaters on July 22, 2011.
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