Wondering how the upcoming Captain America movie will fulfill its own hype about being unlike any other Marvel movie to date? It'll be by having its titular hero singing and dancing. And, no, we're not joking.
Director Joe Johnston told the LA Times' Hero Complex blog that the musical Cap came about through problem solving:
The costume is a flag, but the way we're getting around that is we have Steve Rogers forced into the USO circuit. After he's made into this super-soldier, they decide they can't send him into combat and risk him getting killed. He's the only one and they can't make more. So they say, 'You're going to be in this USO show' and they give him a flag suit. He can't wait to get out of it... So he's up on stage doing songs and dances with chorus girls and he can't wait to get out and really fight. When he does go AWOL, he covers up the suit but then, after a few things happen, he realizes that this uniform allows him to lead. By then, he's become a star in the public mind and a symbol. The guys get behind him because he embodies something special.
As Johnston says, that explanation "was never in the comics... because they didn't really need it. In comics, he puts on the costume and the reader just justifies because of the nature of the medium," which may miss the point that, in the comics, he wore the costume for propaganda and morale purposes after becoming a super soldier, which seems an easier solution to us. Nonetheless, we're already fearing the musical Cap bodes ill for all but those who loved Jazz Spidey from Spider-Man 3. That low rumbling you're hearing is the start of fan revolt.
Captain America will be a USO performer in the movie, director says [LA Times Hero Complex]