The film in 1990 was the first to try to recreate the classic marvel comic that was first released in 1941. Like nearly all Marvel films, the creator, Stan Lee, had to approve it before it was released. He had a very high standard and was keen that the film stayed true to the comic in which it was based on. In this case, Stan Lee thought that the director, Albert Pyun had done his great comic book justice and allowed the film to be released.
The lead role was a highly contested position by many well-known actors. One of the biggest names to go for the lead role was Arnold Schwarzenegger, who didn’t get the role because of not being able to hide his accent, that would almost certainly compromise the authenticity of Captain America. Dolph Lundgren was also considered, however, he had other commitments. Another applicant for this highly sought after role was Val Kilmer, until it was finally determined that Matt Salinger would play the lead role and he would have to play Steve Rogers before he had taken the super soldier serum, as well as Captain America afterwards, another topic that was up for debate.
The plot of the film follows the Captain as he strives to defeat the red skull, played by Scott Paulin. The red skull has several dangerous weapons and the Captain is the one tasked with making sure they are not used by infiltrating enemy lines and sabotaging the rockets. The film starts with Steve Rogers before he takes the super soldier serum and shows how he adapts with this new found chemical in him and evolves into Captain America. The film also goes on to show the Captain waking up in the 1990’s, only to discover that the red skull is still at large, operating under a different alias and trying to kidnap the president of the United States, the country which the Captain is sworn to protect.
Other co-stars of the film were Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty. The film was co-written mainly by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon and the script itself received a lot of recognition and was deemed to be excellent by all that read it. That did not however explain the films apparent failure when it was released. For a start, the film was not released in cinema’s when it first came out and due to what was considered fairly poor acting and not especially good effects, it was always thought that the excellent script and premise was never really done justice. The general feel of the film is one that suggests low budget, even for it’s day, the quality was poor and if watched now, would seem extremely dated.