Actually, there were a pair of TV movies from the late 70s, though IMDB only lists one of them.
As for the 1990 Captain America movie - the movie studio (don’t remember which one) had an option for a movie version of the comic book, but it was about to expire. Thinking they could one day make bucks off the property, the studio made a cheap, shoddy ‘feature’ that was instantly shelved. The actual movie was never intended to be released, and was only made to extend their hold on the rights to the property.
There was a similarly junky, unrealeased “Fantastic Four” movie made around the same time, with the same intent. The only reason it got made at all was to allow the studio to stake a claim to the rights to make another FF film sometime in the future.
Ned Beatty is one of two good parts of the movie.
Second good part is establishing that the Skull has been behind every major assassination since the war.
The worst part of this movie is that Cap has a lisp.
Red Skull being Italian is the second worse thing about this movie.
The rest of the movie is just awful.
I’m not conviced that it wasn’t intended for theatrical release. I remember seeing a teaser trailer for it in the theater.
A space field and then a whoosh whoosh whoosh sound as something flies toward the camera from the depth of space. The object then tilts and stops right infront of the screen. It’s cap’s shield. A title card came up and said “coming this summer”.
It didn’t make a lick of sense. Why was Cap’s shield in space?
As for the 1990 movie, I agree with everyone how bad it was. The fact that Cap spends half of the movie running away and hiding is lame, the fact that he had his arse handed to him on his first mission is lame, running away from Ned Beatty while making Curly’s “Woo woo woo woo” sound is extremely lame, the fake ears on the mask were disconcerting, Red Skull being Italian is something I can’t even understand. I guess Ronnie Cox as the president and having Billy Mumy in it were OK, but I can’t think of much else nice to say about the movie.
I just remembered… I have a movie poster for this and not the one that is shown on the wiki site. So it definitely was meant for release. I think N&I Superman may be conflating the Fantastic Four shelved movie story with the story behind this one.
The poster I have has a profile close up of Cap from near the end of the movie but the background is a generic aerial night time shot of a large city. Again, didn’t make a lick of sense.
(Aside: Please don’t link to the Youtube videos, Doug (the actor) makes his entire living off the main site and they’re struggling as it is right now, and he doesn’t get paid for hits to an unaffiliated Youtube profile. They’ve been trying to get those vids down but they get reuploaded as fast as they can be reported)
Anyway I meant to watch it when it got uploaded but got distracted, he’s been doing pretty well lately after that rut his was in a few months back, since you’re randomly linking it I’m guessing he hasn’t slipped!
There are ads on the site, as well as Ads after the videos on the Blip.tv player they use. There are also donations via paypal that help (well, “donations,” you’re technically paying an arbitrary amount over $20 in exchange for access to the premium site). That’s the company though, the contributors themselves make money from the hits their respective videos/articles get, I’m not a contributor so I don’t know the exact formula, but the more traffic a video gets the more they get paid by their producer.