I’ve stated quite a few times here on HN about how impressed I am with how Marvel is handling turning their comics into movies these days. Instead of icensing their properties to other studios which let some over zealous director go crazy with it, they have created their own studio which has come up with a very successful two point formula for making comic book movies. That formula being; get really good actors and stay close to the comic book source material. The results? A excellent Iron Man movie starring Robert Downy Jr. and a pretty good Incredible Hulk film starring Edward Norton.
Recently Marvel announced what movies they plan on doing next. One of those films is Captain America. Since the then various names have been rumored to be cast as the classic super hero. Leonardo DiCaprio being the one that has stuck the most. However today we are hearing that Will Smith was offered the role. A bit of an odd choice considering the character has always been portrayed as a blonde haired blue eyed white guy. The rumor came via actor Derek Luke while talking to MTV
Though it is likely nothing more than a rumor it would not be the first time Will Smith has taken on a role that was previously played by a white man (remember Wild Wild West?). And it is an interesting thought that as we are on the verge of a black man, Barack Obama, becoming the new face of America that that image may be represented in the movie as well.