Thor: This Generation's "Superman: The Movie"?

A few similarities I pointed out between the two films

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By rockerdude22 - 3/8/2011
First of all, I'm a relatively new member and this is my first article, so no harsh criticism, okay? Anyway, I (like many members here on this site) am looking very much forward to all of this summer's CBMs, especially Thor. I came to the realization that "Thor" and the classic Superman film from the 70's have a few things in common that could very well mean that "Thor" will be the "Superman: The Movie" of this generation. So let's get things started:

1) They both have a relatively unknown actor in the lead

As many of us know, Christopher Reeve was an unknown when he was cast as Superman back in the 70's. His great performance as Superman jumpstarted his career and made him a household name. Superman is what people think of when they hear the name Christopher Reeve. A little bit of this applies to Thor. As of right now, Chris Hemsworth is a relative unknown and this movie may very well launch his career and make him an A-lister. From the trailers and footage of the movie we've seen so far, he seems to do a great job as Thor, just as Reeve did when he played Superman. Who knows, maybe this will be the role that everyone will know him for.

2) Both films are about two of the most powerful heroes from their respective universes

As most of us will agree, Superman is the most, if not the, powerful hero in the DC universe. Thor is also one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe, but not the most powerful (I think that would have to go to Silver Surfer).

3) Both films are about a hero from another world

Plain and simple, Superman is from Krypton and Thor is from Asgard. The two films are about the hero leaving where he is from and becoming a defender of the Earth.

4) Oscar-calibur actors portray the hero's father

Marlon Brando played Jor-El, Superman's father, and Anthony Hopkins is going to portray Odin, Thor's father. Both are very fine and Oscar-worthy actors and play the father of the hero the film is about

5) The two films feature the most common villain for that hero

Lex Luthor was the bad guy in "Superman: The Movie" and Loki is the villain in "Thor". These are the most prominent and well-known enemies of the two heroes, so this is also something they have in common

6) "Superman: The Movie" was a great CBM, and hopefully "Thor" is the same

This one is pretty self-explanatory, and more of wishful-thinking. So far, "Thor" looks like it is going to be a great CBM. If this turns out to be the case (which I hope it does), this would be another common aspect of the two films.

Anyway, these similarities may point out that "Thor" may very well become "Superman: The Movie" of this generation. There may be some more, but these are the ones I can think of right now. Maybe I'm just over-analyzing things, but I just thought I would share what I think for my first article. Thanks for reading fellow CBMers, and I wish "Thor" and all other CBMs coming out this year the best of luck!
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Corpse - 3/8/2011, 8:11 PM
I highly doubt it. Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America is going to be insane!
rockerdude22 - 3/8/2011, 8:27 PM
Thanks intruder!
LP4 - 3/8/2011, 10:02 PM
@Intruder- True, only because Thor knows how to cut-loose with his power. Superman never does that...he just holds back way too much.

Other than that though, Superman is better than Thor. And I have so much faith in the reboot being the greatest CBM.
contrast - 3/8/2011, 10:48 PM
Good first article, @rockerdude22! I have high hopes for Thor.

Personally, I think the Superman reboot will be good, but I doubt it will recapture what made the original great-- the fact that the original really made you believe, as was its tagline, that a man could fly. With special effects as good as they are today, that's not much of a burden, so they'll really have to work hard to bring back the same emotion from the first film.

That's what will make or break the Superman reboot.
Bodwulf - 3/8/2011, 11:13 PM
Good points. I hope Thor is as well recieved as Superman was in 78. Good first post.
Orphix - 3/9/2011, 2:04 AM
The reason the two films have so many similarities is because the stories they are trying to tell and the themes they tap into are very similar as well.

Of course there are some fundmental differences too.

They are both powerful beings cut away from their respective homes and arrive on earth where they learn to love the place and grow as characters.

Thor, to me, has always been a bit more interesting simply because he is more of a flawed character full of his own failings that he needs to overcome.

Both characters steal (in the nicest possible way) from all the great myths over most of history. Gods coming to earth and learning about themselves has been knocking around since ancient greek times. No surprise that Thor is inspired by Norse mythology.
Coldblood6 - 3/9/2011, 2:16 AM
Yeah but a doubt in Thor there will be anything as ridiculous as Thor going out into space to fire a huge lightning bolt to spin the earth backwards and reverse time to save Jane Foster.

Thus Thor = better by far.
BubbaDude - 3/9/2011, 4:14 AM
And Thor might throw a giant celophane "T" off of his chest to envelop a bad guy!


BTW, I'm really really looking forward to Thor, but I don't think it'll grow into the social icon that the old Chris Reeves Superman movie did. Everyone who was around then, and is old enough to remember seeing the movie when it came out can testify how HUGE it was. I think this has a lot to do with how exposed to the character America already was. Everybody already KNEW Superman. Not so much with Thor.
Corpse - 3/9/2011, 4:25 AM
@Coldblood6 - Yeah.. An alien god that is supposedly the very same god that the vikings worshipped, speaking english and coming from another dimension sounds much less ridicoulus than that!
NotThatGuy - 3/9/2011, 5:19 AM
Helmsworth looks more Superman like then Cavil does anyways!!!
dahamma - 3/9/2011, 6:49 AM
great article! and Welcome!

I agree there are alot of similarities! I really think THOR will be a Fantastic movie! But in all honesty as someone mentioned, I dont think he could become the social icon Reeve was, because SUperamn:The movie was like, if im not mistaken the very first superhero film for the very first superhero, thats why I think it was so big. But you never know, if anything I hope this blows up THORS popularity like Iron Man recieved after the release of his first film.

This will be, in my opinion, the first caped Crusader who really shows off his power in a CBM! something i was expecting from the garbage that was Superman Returns >:P
superotherside - 3/9/2011, 7:07 AM
@rockerdude22 good article... i didn't like superman the movie personally, (you have to consider what time the film was done) but i do agree with thor might just be the superman the movie of this time... anyway good article! thor will be much better than superman the movie though...
Coldblood6 - 3/9/2011, 7:33 AM
@ Lantern

Yes it does!!!

I was like 10 years old when I heard that and could not believe that level of rubbish!
Coldblood6 - 3/9/2011, 9:30 AM
Superman the movie was a well done movie other than a mischaracterised LL and RIDICULOUS ending. However it was the first well done CBM with good VFX (for its time).

Thor is coming out in time of many good to great CBM's with great VFX! So I don't think that it will have the same status.
Original - 3/9/2011, 12:22 PM
As far as the most powerful Super-Hero in DC, I believe that honor should logicaly go to the Martian Man Hunter. As far as the Silver Sufer being the most powerful Super-Hero in Marvel that is only an opinion that is not based in any existing factual data. Thor can defeat the likes of Galactus and his energy absorption capabilities goes way beyond the Silver Surfer's capabilities. It is no wonder that Thor can absorb the energy of Thanos most powerful blast and turne it back against him multiply a hundred times- a feat the Sufer can't possibly accomplish. The Surfer himself said in their first meeting that Thor was the most powerful of the two. Thor doesn't use his many exotic powers as the Surfer does use his PC. Thor is a warrior and likes to brawl, the Surfer is the opposite. Therefore, in terms of versatility the Surfer definitely take this one by far, but in terms of sheer powers Thor is far his superior.
marvel72 - 3/9/2011, 6:02 PM
@ rockerdude22

welcome to cbm,mate.

good article,i'm hoping thor will be as good as superman the movie.

i think thor could be a contender for best cbm ever.
Orphix - 3/10/2011, 8:11 AM
Original@ "As far as the Silver Sufer being the most powerful Super-Hero in Marvel that is only an opinion that is not based in any existing factual data"

You do know that The Silver Surfer is totaly made up, right??
thunderforce - 3/10/2011, 11:01 AM
Thor has beaten the silver surfer pretty much every time they fought and even the silver surfer said his powers are not as great as the powers of the mighty Mjolnir .
rockerdude22 - 3/10/2011, 1:54 PM
@thunderforce, oh really? Well, I never read any comics where Thor and Silver Surfer fought, so I wouldn't know. Silver Surfer just seemed more powerful to me, so I just had that opinion based on that. I guess Thor is the most powerful hero in Marvel then, huh? If he's not, anybody is allowed to correct me.
BigK1337 - 3/10/2011, 7:44 PM
Thor is this generation's Superman: The Movie?
. . . Agreed. Can't argue with those logics at how similar both films appear. Still, I feel that nothing can best the magic that Superman: The Movie have produced for comic book films.
Unreal2k9 - 3/12/2011, 9:57 AM
Man of Steel will be this generations "Superman". Thor doesn't have the screen presence that Superman has. But who knows. Thor should be good.

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