Ed Driscoll

'Why Can't Captain America Wave the Flag?

Christian Toto on why Captain America, as was said in 2006 recent reboot of Superman, will be espousing the virtues of “truth, justice…and all that other stuff:”

Here’s Joe Johnston, the director of the upcoming “Captain America: The First Avenger,” explaining why our red, white and blue superhero isn’t so American – never mind the moniker.

He was created as propaganda tool, but he soon became much more than that. There are all these incarnations over the decades, but the film is not a flag waver. It’s about a guy who wants to do the right thing, and that transcends all nationalities and borders. He’s going to do the right thing no matter what flag is on his chest.

So … Captain America really is Captain Every Country is Just as Noble as Every Other Country?

Or, to put it another way, Hollywood’s Captain America, just like Captain Unicorn before him, believes in American exceptionalism, just as he suspects the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.

Incidentally, Christian writes:

Captain America doesn’t involve the Iraq War or anything remotely controversial as far as the initial trailer suggests. It’s set during World War II, a conflict everyone save perhaps Ed Asner would describe as a noble effort by the U.S. military.

Oh, I suspect more than a few of the more nihilistic denizens of Hollywood beyond Ed have soured a bit on the Allies’ involvement in World War II, at least based on the content of Tinseltown’s high-end product over the last 15 years or so.