Chris Evans: Just too “Douchey” for Captain America
Chris Evans is a great Johnny Storm, a rash , pretty, impetuous character that is one of Marvel comics best jerk/heroes; but as Captain America? No I just don’t see it.
I mean Captain America is a character that really carries enormous weight and baggage both in the Marvel Universe and American culture. He is the patriarch, the moral compass of all things Marvel. Even in the grittiest modern portrayals of him have that core of a humble, almost pious patriotism and a very old fashioned, almost biblical sense of right and wrong. The character represents the idea of the “ultimate” American, a sickly scrawny man just out of his teens who voluntarily signs up for a risky experiment just so he can serve as a soldger in the us military during WWII; not to become a super hero but to serve his country.
Regardless the writer, that is the core, the essence of the character and while true to fact a soldger has to do much that might be considered morally ambiguous in any combat theater; the 1940’s style faith in his country is what gives him the confidence in what he does.
Even when Captain America has been at odds with his country’s government, it’s that sincere and unwavering true patriotism that always makes this character put his country before himself, regardless the personal sacrifice.
Unless Mr. Evans has a depth of talent that I have never seen or suspected (which I sincerely hope he has if he is really going to play the “Cap”) I just can’t imagine him not looking like yet another South Beach hipster with an $80.00 trucker cap and an “Ed Hardy” t-shirt.
I still feel very firmly that John Barrowman is the only guy who can really pull off the part. If you’ve seen him in Torchwood you can see the acting chops, he has the look to pull it off ; hell he even has the Jack Kirby cleft chin. Of course, he being an openly gay man ,no studio would have the balls to cast him, which really is a tragedy.
I know I sound like another internet troll in a pissing contest, I just really, really want this movie to be good if it gets made since Captain America has been my favorite Marvel character since my late grandfather bought me my first issue at the corner store and read it to me on his lap when I was 4 years old. It is a caracter that regardless your politics represents this country at it’s best, most idealistic and mostly lost values; I just want it treated correctly.