Originally Posted by cherokeesam
I think TWS has a great shot at beating TWA....it's Cap in the modern world, it's the Cap that the vast majority of us know (has anyone actually *read* Golden Age Cap, truthfully? Or at least the WWII-era Invaders? I doubt more than a handful of folks have).
Captain America is also a comic book franchise that lives firmly in two eras. No, many of us haven't actually read the Simon/ Kirby issues, but Stan Lee, Steve Englehardt, John Byrne, Ed Brubaker and many other Captain America writers have set entire issues and some even arcs in the golden age, with many of Captain America's villains from the silver age and beyond beating rooted in his World War II past (Baron Strucker, Baron Blood, Arnim Zola, Both Baron Zemos, Aleksander Lukin, Winter Soldier, Grand Director etc)
When you're making a movie about the most flashback heavy character in comic books, it's easy to make a period piece with elements that are familiar to the fan base. Who hasn't read some permutation of Cap's origin? It's referenced by EVERY Cap writer. Johntson isn't the most consistent director, but he was born to make Captain America, and it benefited from his eye. It was exactly what a Captain America film set in the 40s should be. Pulpy fun.
The source material maybe more familiar to us, but I have very little faith in this directoral team's ability to nail this film. A bad film based on a recent acclaimed arc won't make it better than CA: TWS, it will make it Marvel Studios' Green Lantern.