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December 16, 2010

Thor, Green Lantern Trailers

First, the newer one, Thor.

Thor is a character I was never all that interested in but the trailer makes me want to see it. A difficult question every superhero-movie director has to make is about the character's outfit -- how do you make it look enough like the comic-book version to seem faithful to it (and to build brand identity) without looking absolutely absurd? The X-Men films had a good way of handling that, sort of a good fudge; the Batman movies just ditched the costume completely in favor of black armor. Thor here looks pretty much like he does in the comics, but not silly. Plus.

As I've mentioned eighteen times, Captain America is rolling out after this one, and then the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man (plus some lesser lights who can't support their own movie, like Black Widow and Hawkeye) will team up for The Avengers. Which has got to be the first big-budget superhero team-up movie ever. (The Fantastic Four don't count because they're a team from the start, even in their own book.)

Not only is that kind of cool in its own right (at least to a superhero geek like me), but if that movie does well, the impetus for a Batman-Superman teamup will be too great for Hollywood to resist, and after that, a full Justice League team-up, with the Flash, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern.

Who's also got his own movie rolling out, so he's set.

Green Lantern is one of my favorite characters, of the many superhero characters I don't bother to read about at all. Ryan Reynolds is a decent enough choice. Everything looks okay, except for that weirdly-glowing suit, which looks like the Original Pimp version of a superhero costume. I guess they thought the classic black and green costume looked weak, so... they made Green Lantern look like a Tijuana man-whore who discovered a Power Ring in a john's fanny-pack.

I think that suit, just right there, is going to ruin this movie for me. Too bad. Everything else seemed pretty good.

Also, from Hot Air, the teaser for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. They ditched the Elf and Keira Knightly, I guess, which is probably good thing, as the second two movies were incredibly bloated and tedious in plotting as they strained mightily to give those two stuff to do. And would not let up with the "we're pirates, so we constantly screw each other over" crap, which was so tedious in the set-up and without any dramatic effect because of course we knew they weren't going to screw each other over at the end.

Plus, didn't the Elf lose his heart and become some kind of monster who can only come ashore every ten years? Yeah, I think he did. So I guess that means he's out of the movie. Except for a cameo, maybe.

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