Joe Johnston takes on Captain America

Captain America is getting the same red carpet treatment as the rest of the leadup films to the Avengers film, and news hits that they have secured a director for Captain America: The First Avenger – Joe Johnston.

Hollywood Reporter says:

Joe Johnston has inked a deal to direct “First Avenger: Captain America,” Marvel Studios’ take on its classic comic book character. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.

No writers are on board, but the studio, which is hearing pitches, expects to hire shortly.

Johnston first met with Marvel two years ago. When the two parties clicked, general talks turned into Captain America-specific meetings, with much of the project’s current direction resulting from those early conversations.

This guy has a great resume.

Though no official script has been written yet, it is speculated that Captain America: The First Avenger will take place in World War 2, sharing his origin story. So who better than the director of the pulp adventure hit Rocketeer? (which I loved).

I am very encouraged by this guy as a director for the Cap. He will hold true to the American spirit that everyone is hoping to see in this film. A slice of apple pie Americana was served up with Rocketeer, and only fitting we get another taste with Cap.

This film is slated to come out in 2011 a few months before we get the climax of geek mecca as IronMan, Thor, and Cap unite in Avengers.