It seems that the mad rush to get cast as the iconic Captain America has officially begin. At Comic-Con's panel for the BBC's popular Dr. Who spinoff, Torchwood, star, John Barrowman let it be known that he wants a crack at the shield and blue tights of the First Avenger himself. That's right, "Captain Jack" is looking to trade-up for Captain America. (Although, according to Billy Joel, he wants to "get you high tonight" and "take you to your special island.")
Was he joking? Was he hiding truth amidst what may have been perceived as sarcasm? As the openly gay, dual US/UK citizen declared to the audacious crowd that was filled with Dr. Who/Torchwood fans: "You know what I want to play? Captain America" before adding that it "so won't happen."
While it may have been perceived as such, it's not that much of a joke. Spun-off from and tethered to the Doctor Who banner, the edgier and more explicit Torchwood continues to gain popularity here in the States, and sooner, rather than later, the studios are going to have to take notice. (Especially if Dr. Who's David Tennant lands the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.)
The bottom line, as MTV accurately points out, is that he has the look, the build, and adding to that sentiment, he's about the right age (42). Captain America, while having that "blonde, all-american" look, is also imagined as someone who has seen his share of battles over the course of years. While he may be young in the origin story, by the time we get to the crossover in The Avengers, he cannot be played by someone who looks like a college student. He'll be free from his frozen slumber, probably a lot more grizzled, in a world that he will no longer understand.
Sure, John Barrowman may star in a show whose main character is a time-traveling crime-fighter that has sex with anything with a pulse, while featuring plot lines that seem at times like a big-budget "skinemax" film. However, seeing him become Captain America wouldn't be as much of a stretch as one might think. While thus far, no names have even so much as graced the rumor mills, I have nightmares (horrible ones that defy description) of news depicting Ben Affleck getting the role. (If you've seen Daredevil, then you may understand.) All things considered, John Barrowman = Okay by me.