Back in 2007 it was assumed that Nick Cassavetes had the best shot of directing what is now called, First Avenger: Captain America. It turns out that Marvel actually clicked with somebody else long before that.
Joe Johnston to Direct First Avenger: Captain America
Marvel Studios has picked up Joe Johnston to direct First Avenger: Captain America. While naming the film Captain America would have been cooler, Marvel is really pushing the upcoming Avenger's movie any way they can. As a matter of face, First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers will only be released a few months apart.
Created in 1941 by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon for Timely Comics, Captain America is the heroic alter ego of Steve Rogers, who is rejected by the Army for being too sickly and undergoes an experiment that takes him to the pinnacle of human form. The character is best known for his patriotism and indestructible shield.
Though the character disappeared during the 1950s, Marvel Comics revived Captain America as part of the Avengers. How did they explain his disappearance? In turns out he was in a state of suspended animation during a war mission, only to be rehabilitated when found by the Avengers.
Though Captain America accessories have made cameo appearances in both Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, the film will take place in World War II.
If you've never heard of Joe Johnston, Marvel's Kevin Feige sums him up:
"This is a guy who designed the vehicles for 'Star Wars,' who storyboarded the convoy action sequence for 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' " Feige said. "From 'Rocketeer' to 'October Sky' to 'The Wolfman,' you can look at pieces of his movies and see how they lead to this one."
He also directed Hidalgo and Jurassic Park III.
Though Marvel is still short on scribes for Captain America, they have given the film a theatrical release set for May 6, 2011.