Captain America has become like catnip for the Tea Party, giving them fits whenever another opportunity to assert their ideological ownership arises. Last year Fox News aided the Tea Party assault on Ed Brubaker (and his much less popular letterer); now, the “Hollywood!” dog-whistle has been blown.
The Daily Caller ran an article a few weeks ago that builds its thesis around a nonexistent source who claims that “Hollywood” has renamed the Captain America movie “The First Avenger” so as not to offend the sensibilities of international moviegoers, with the implication that it’s just more of that liberal, limp-wristed international appeasement.
A few points on this:
“He wants to serve his country, but he’s not this sort of jingoistic American flag-waver,” Johnston told Hero Complex. “He’s just a good person. We make a point of that in the script: Don’t change who you are once you go from Steve Rogers to this super-soldier; you have to stay who you are inside, that’s really what’s important more than your strength and everything. It’ll be interesting and fun to put a different spin on the character and one that the fans are really going to appreciate … the idea that this is not about America so much as it is about the spirit of doing the right thing,” the director said. “It’s an international cast and an international story. It’s about what makes America great and what make the rest of the world great too.”
So because of the name change, more people might go see a movie about the USA being great. Can you believe the anti-Americanism spewing from these people?
And since I don’t have any images to pretty up this post, here’s the trailer: