Disowned Adaptation: In the documentary Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!, it is mentioned that several staff members at Marvel were very disappointed with the movie, and felt that the 2011 film was a massive improvement.
No Budget: The movie was produced on a budget of just $10 million.
Real-Life Relative: Ned Beatty's son, Thomas Beatty, plays the younger version of his character.
The Shelf of Movie Languishment: According to Albert Pyun, the film was shelved for two years because "it wasn't the movie the studio wanted, plus the producing studio was undergoing financial issues."
When the movie was in production at Cannon, before the feud and split of Golan-Globus, Michael Winner (director of the first three Death Wish movies) was slated to direct. When he dropped out and Golan-Globus split, John Stockwell would direct before being replaced by final director Albert Pyun.
According to the documentary on the Blu-Ray, Cap was originally intended to be played by two different people: one pre-transformation and one post-transformation. Matt Salinger was hired to play Steve pre-transformation, and Howie Long was considered to play him post-transformation. However, it was later decided that one actor should play both, and Salinger played both roles.