Cap to slug Nazis on the big screen, 2011
The forthcoming The First Avenger: Captain America was confirmed for a 2011 theatrical release a while back, and a little more info has been revealed in a plot synopsis in the October 9 edition of Production Weekly [via Film School Rejects].
Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)
As hinted earlier, it appears Cap's film will feature his World War II origin and combat in that conflict:
Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the “Super-Soldier Serum” and bombarded by “vita-rays.” Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers.
I'm glad to hear the film will be rooted in the original story and not updated to a later conflict. I suppose this means the villain will have to be The Red Skull and maybe Baron Zemo, as they were Cap's most prominent wartime adversaries (along with, uh, Hitler and the Axis powers). No mention of Bucky yet. Now, to wait for directing and casting news...