I love my superhero movies, but I'm not exactly drunk with anticipation over Kenneth Branagh's Thor flick. I have nothing against Branagh. I think he's an inspired choice to direct the movie. But I've never been a big fan of Marvel Comics' God of Thunder. I like my superheroes to come packaged with plenty of real-world quirks: Spider-Man is an angsty put-upon teen, Iron Man is a womanizer and an alcoholic, and Batman is ... well ... a crazy person. Thor? He's an indestructible Norse god with Fabio hair who uses the word "thou" a lot. He's got no chinks in his armor, which makes him a bit boring.
OK, maybe I'm being a little too harsh on Thor. He's obviously one of Marvel's most beloved heroes, and I'm sure the movie will at least deliver some dazzling visuals and cool fight scenes. It's also got a great cast, and it's reportedly gonna set up Marvel's next big dream project – an Avengers movie. (Hmm ... I'm starting to anticipate the thing a whole lot more as I write this.)
Here's one reason I might show up to the theater for Thor on opening weekend: The film is co-scripted by Ashley Miller, one of the scribes behind two of my favorite sci-fi shows, Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Speaking to our pals at Airlock Alpha, Miller compared the Thor flick to Batman Begins.