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While the general public has not seen any footage from Marvel‘s upcoming movie, Captain America: The First Avenger, the director has seen a cut of the film and enjoyed it.

Now, while this is not the world’s biggest surprise (he IS the director, after all), Joe Johnston did have a few things to say to the Los Angeles Times about the movie coming out Jul 22, 2011 starring Chris Evans as Captain America.

“I watched the movie for the first time a few days ago and I just looked at the first cut and there is so much entertainment value — it’s just flat-out fun to watch,” Johnston said of his Marvel Studios film, which hits theaters July 22.  “Maybe I’m somewhat biased — I was there [when we made it] — but, seriously, it’s funny, it’s exciting and there’s great visual effects.  The movie is going to be something more than people are expecting. This movie is going to surprise some people. It is the origin story of Captain America but it is also something rare — it’s a period superhero film but there’s great action in it. You don’t normally think of guys driving around in 1939 sedans in an action film but there are some great action beats in it. It’s just a helluva lot of fun to watch.”

“All actors bring something unexpected to the role because they have to translate what’s on the page and make a real character out of the black-and-white text that’s there in the script. I hadn’t worked with Chris Evans and I wasn’t really that familiar with his work and I  didn’t know what to expect. I was blown away by the subtlety that he brought to the role.  It was really exciting to watch him. He added layers to the character that were not on the page and layers that were not in the comic books. He made Steve Rogers into a real flesh-and-blood character and it was fantastic to watch.”

This summer can’t come soon enough. Are you looking forward to this movie, or are you more excited for Thor? Let me know in the comments below!

Category: Comics, Film

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