Captain America Hits The Big Screen (in 1944)

Captain America poster - Republic Studios (1944)

Captain America (1944), a Republic serial,  was loosely based on the character created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. According to the film's Wikipedia entry, many changes were made to the original story. This has lead some film historians to believe the screenplay was actually a rewritten version that was meant for another character called The Copperhead.
Note - The title in the trailer is The Return of Captain America because Republic Studios often changed titles when serials were re-released. This clip is from the film's re-release version.

Some of the major changes from the Captain America comic book (source: Wikipedia):
  • His secret identity is District Attorney Grant Gardner rather than U.S. Army Private Steve Rogers
  • The "Super-Soldier Serum" origin is not used.
  • His famous shield does not appear, replaced by a standard gun.
  • Despite the fact that this serial was made in 1944, and Captain America regularly fought Nazis in the comics, the Nazis are not part of the story in any way.
  • His sidekick, Bucky, does not appear.
If you'd like to check out the entire serial, all of the chapters are available on YouTube.

Batman: Tribute to The Nolan Vision

YouTube is filled with montages, homages and mash-ups of everything Batman-related, from the earliest 1940's serials to the current Christopher Nolan incarnation. I try to be selective in the videos I feature here, and I think this one deserves some praise. It's a high energy reminder of how incredibly original Nolan's Batman films were. The editor, Eric Valencia, uses music from the now defunct punk band, Refused, and it gives the images an even harder edge, if that's possible. I also liked the transitions, especially the way he included the Joker playing card for the Heath Ledger segments. If you'd like to add any info about the editor of this clip, or comments on anything regarding Batman on film, I'd like to hear it.

X-Men to Invade Savannah, Georgia

X-Men- characters copyright Marvel Comics
I just received word that it's very likely X-Men: First Class (2011) will be filming several scenes in the beautiful, historic city of Savannah, Georgia. Although the city has been the location for several high profile films over the years, fans will probably best remember it as the location for Forrest Gump (1994) and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997).

According to a published report on, the city has been in negotiations for months with the film's production company. Apparently, many details have to be worked out, but it looks like one of the most beautiful cities in America will once again be the backdrop for a sure-fire blockbuster flick.
Savannah, Georgia

If the Savannah area can snare X-Men, it would be the third major studio shoot since June 2009, when filming for the Miley Cyrus film The Last Song settled onto Tybee Island for much of the summer. That shoot was quickly followed last September by The Conspirator, a Robert-Redford directed film set to premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Savannah, Georgia

Wolverine 2 - Still Directorless

Back in May, 20th Century Fox announced that Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) would helm X-Men: First Class, but another installment in the X-Men franchise is still lacking a director. As of September 3, we still haven't learned who will direct Wolverine 2. Some intriguing names are rumored to be on the short list to direct this mega-budget epic starring Hugh Jackman.

In a recent article, MTV's Splashpage listed several names that are possibilities, but the two that seem to be good contenders are shown below, along with a sample of their work. Of the two, my favorite to helm Wolvie 2 is Darren Aronofsky. His 2008 film, The Wrestler, was one of my favorites of the last few years, and I'd love to see what he could do with Wolverine. Do you have a favorite out of these two names, or have you heard of someone else rumored to be in the running? If so, leave a note. I'd like to hear it.

Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler)

David Slade (30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)

David Slade