After making a name for themselves on the small screen with amazing comedies such as ‘Community’ and ‘Arrested Development’, Joe and Anthony Russo have been tapped by Marvel to direct ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’. While he was doing some press for the upcoming NBC sitcom ‘Animal Practice’, Anthony Russo discussed many aspects of Cap’s new film.
For starters, the co-director compared working on a Captain America film to working on ‘Community’. Here’s the quote from IGN (via Blastr):
“It sort of came out of the blue, but [Marvel] were big fans of Community. You can sort of draw a line between some things we did on ‘Community’ and a Marvel movie. I think if you look at some of the big genre episodes — you know, the paintball episodes, etc.—there’s a cinematic sensibility being explored there that is in the language of those films.”
So for all you haters out there, it seems that The Russo Brothers’ work on ‘Community’ put them streets ahead and prepared them for the Marvel Universe.
Comic book fans will recognize the subtitle of the film as the acclaimed story arc by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and Mike Perkins that brought Captain America’s long-dead sidekick Bucky back from the dead as the deadly Soviet mercenary known as The Winter Soldier. Russo doesn’t exactly confirm that this specific story is the inspiration for their movie in this quote from CBR, but he does go into the darker nature of this Cap tale:
“Well, we like the [story]. I can’t talk too much about specifics, that’s the way Marvel handles things. I can say in general that there’s sort of a darker, edgier sensibility at work there that we found appealing, and that is going find its way into Captain America in the modern day.”
Finally, Russo implied to Collider that they might use flashbacks to tell the audience more about Steve Rogers’ character. He sort of dances around it, like Marvel’s probably trained him to do, but here’s what he has to say about that:
“Certainly Cap has this complicated history. We’re making the movie for first-time viewers, not just for fans, so, because Cap does have this complicated history — he was this skinny guy who became a super-soldier, he was born back then and he’s living [now] — in the storytelling, you need to convey that to an audience who doesn’t know Cap’s story.”
If there are flashbacks, I hope that they’re completely new scenes that weren’t in the first movie. Maybe that way, we’ll get new moments with The Howling Commandos, Peggy Carter, and Howard Stark.
‘Captain America: The Winter Solider’ will see Chris Evans don the stars and stripes once again alongside Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson AKA The Falcon as they face Sebastian Stan’s Bucky as The Winter Soldier. The film, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, opens on April 4, 2014.