think of Captain America, you probably don’t imagine him as a surfer living in
70s California (played by a former football player) whose costume includes a blue crash helmet with the letter A clumsily
pasted on the front.
TV movie hell.
Donner’s Superman movie was tearing up the box office, so it must’ve made sense
to the suits at Universal Television to put into production a movie based on
another comic book property. Made quickly and cheaply, Captain America makes
you realize just how difficult it is to make a decent superhero movie.
In the lead,
Reb Brown comes across the way he usually does – like a former athlete who’s
landed on his head once too often. He’s not helped by a dull script that lacks
any real action, although once Cap gets his “high tech motorcycle” there are
scattered unintentional laughs to be had as the filmmakers try to impress the
viewer despite their obviously low budget.