Unbeknownst to casual movie watchers, this summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger will actually mark the second time the character has been on film. Back in 1990, Captain America, a poor attempt at bringing the Star Spangled Avenger to the big screen, continued the trend of terrible Marvel movies at the time.
Every aspect of this movie was a mess. The casting was atrocious (Cap was played by the son of reclusive author J.D. Salinger, oddly enough), the story was laughable, and the direction was well below Lifetime movie standards. Cap’s iconic costume also suffered from cost-cutting treatment and looked like a lycra nightmare. Even worse, Hitler’s right-hand-man, the villainous Red Skull, was turned into an Italian dude in order for the movie to be as inoffensive (yet still kind of offensive) as possible.
Captain America: The First Avenger star Chris Evans could basically stand in front of a brick wall and read Walden word-for-word and his flick would still be better than this monstrosity.