The Hall of Asgard, Sneering Barbarians, and... Some Very Impressive Abs
Well, the marketing push for Thor (due out in May of 2011) has commenced, mainly through the release of new images of the characters. So far, reception has been mixed -- a lot of people think the pics are a little goofy, and I don't necessarily disagree, but... let's try to keep some perspective. It's a live action film of not just a comic book, but a comic book about a Norse god who fights evil on earth and becomes a superhero. It's inherently cheesy. But still, it's been a little... eh. Anyway, here are a couple of new ones that have come out over the last few days.
The first is just a shot of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), taken from the new Entertainment Weekly:
Eh. Not too exciting. Next one is a little juicier. It's a shot of of the set of the Hall of Asgard, which is sort of the main hall. Think of it as the executive suite. It's a little Clash of the Titans-y, and not necessarily in a good way, but it's actually a pretty faithful representation.
Most notable, the above pic has the first (very small, albeit) looks at some other Asgardians -- Asgardians Fandral the Dashing (Josh Dallas), Hogun the Grim (Tadanobu Asano), Frigga (Rene Russo), as well as Thor, Odin, and Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Honestly, I think I'd completely forgotten that Russo was in this, but I'm happy about it.
Next, we have the two newest photos from Marcus Nispel's upcoming Conan. It still looks pretty fucking stupid -- it feels like "Hercules, The Legendary Journeys," but with a bigger budget and shittier writing.
First up? Conan -- sneering!
And now... Conan sneering on a horse!
Blech. While I appreciate star Jason Momoa's physique, I have pretty much zero faith in his acting ability. He appears to only use one facial expression, which is... not good. I'm looking forward to more images -- hopefully, we'll soon get Conan sneering next to a woman, Conan sneering as he eats, and Conan sneering as he takes a dump.
Honestly, even if he was the second coming of Olivier, it's still a Conan remake directed by the guy who did the pitiful Friday the 13th remake and written by Thomas Dean Donnelly (A Sound of Thunder -- one of the worst sci-fi movies of the last 10 years).
Yeah. I think Hollywood owes Robert E. Howard an apology.