I took my daughter to see Thor this very day. Yes, I know, I'm a bad comic book geek. I didn't make it out the opening weekend. That having been said, I did try to rectify the situation as soon as I could. I must admit I was not disappointed by the venture. In fact, I learned a few things watching this movie.
Before I get into the lessons learned, however, I just wanted to mention some of the things that were great about this movie that may not have been obvious to non-comic book geeks that have enjoyed the film. I really was impressed that the film not only did a good job on Thor, Odin, and Loki, but that Thor's long standing supporting cast not only appeared, but played pretty important roles in the story.
It would have been very easy for the film makers to say that introducing Sif and the Warriors Three was something that distracted from the main task of introducing Thor to a wider audience. However, when you cut out supporting elements, you do run the risk of missing some of what makes the character special in the first place.
Now, for the lessons learned. I'll admit, to a degree, you could see this in the latest Hulk movie, but this movie really brought home the fact that you can have massively powerful super hero battles and still make them look awesome.
The reason I saw that this is a lesson learned is that in good super hero movies of the past, you don't quite have the epic scope of a movie like Thor. Sure you can have a good fight scene in a Batman movie, or an X-Men movie, or even Iron Man. But what about guys that can fly at Mach 1 and throw battleships at each other?
Thor doesn't shy away from answering this question, and I'm hoping that Zack Snyder is taking notes when it comes to fight scenes in the next Superman movie. I mean, seriously, it would be nice to have an actual fight scene in a Superman movie. Slow motion bullet deflection and lifting big things really isn't a substitute for a good super hero throw down, and after seeing the Thor-Destroyer fight or Thor and Loki's tiff, I really, really want to see Superman have an all out slug fest with some one like Mongul, Doomsday, or Bizarro.
Which brings me to my next lesson learned. Marvel Studios seems to have a handle on these things. I really hope that DC doesn't embarrass themselves with Green Lantern. Batman can't be the only franchise carrying DC to respectability, and we all know that even Batman movies can falter . . . horribly.
To be honest, I'm a little worried that Green Lantern toes are the new Bat-nipples. Time will tell.