Tom Hiddleston Compares ‘Thor’ To ‘Superman: The Movie’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 31st, 2011 at 6:38 am,

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor Tom Hiddleston Compares Thor To Superman: The Movie

The release of Marvel’s Thor is fast approaching and anticipation for the comic book adventure flick is as high as ever. Given the multiple trailers, TV spots, and posters that have already been released, there’s not much left to reveal that won’t either spoil the film or reiterate information that moviegoers already know.

Actor Tom Hiddleston plays the the title character’s deceitful brother, Loki, and has provided fans with a bit of food for thought – based off his impression after watching a complete cut of the movie.

Hiddleston was in attendance at the Jameson Empire Awards earlier this week, and had nothing but praise for director Kenneth Branagh’s cinematic treatment of Thor when he spoke with Empire. While that’s to be expected – seeing how Hiddleston would be up a creek without a paddle if he disavowed the film about a month before its premiere – the actor also dropped the following bit about his costar, Chris Hemsworth, as the God of Thunder:

“Chris [Hemsworth] is like Christopher Reeve [in Richard Donner's 'Superman'] in that he can do two things: he can wear a big red cape without a shred of self-consciousness. But he’s also funny as hell, and he’s so sweet. So with all the fish-out-of-water stuff… he’s so funny. So he does almost two jobs in a way.”

Chris Hemsworth as Thor Tom Hiddleston Compares Thor To Superman: The Movie

What footage we’ve seen of Hemsworth as the hammer-throwing Thor gels with what Hiddleston told Empire. He keeps a straight face and appears fully committed as the arrogant Asgardian warrior, and also plays the character as an oblivious outsider unfamiliar with regular modern-day social customs on Earth – without having his tongue planted in his cheek.

That’s also good news for Branagh, who actively sought to make Thor more accessible to mainstream audiences who are not well versed in the history of the character. If Hemworth’s performance draws comparisons to Reeve’s generally beloved take on Superman, the director may have achieved that end goal after all.

Thor opens in U.S. theaters on May 6th, 2011. The film arrives in the UK a week earlier on April 29th.

Source: Empire

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  1. Hardly surprising statement and hardly newsworthy. Thor looks better than Green Lantern. :)

  2. That doesn’t sound like a good thing. I don’t want a Thor that’s like the Christopher Reeve Superman.

    I like the Christopher Reeve Superman as is, and don’t want people trying to imitate his portrayal — they can’t beat it. And that Superman was good for its time, but when someone tries a current take on it (cue Superman Returns) it doesn’t work.

    What’s come out so far for Thor has not impressed. In fact, because it looks like yet another tired story of another alien-like being coming to Earth and having to deal with and befriend mortals, I’d rather pass.

    What I say in that first trailer looked OK, until I saw him come to Earth. It reminds me of cheesy 80s movies. And it’s this attempt to pull in mainstream audiences who don’t know much about Thor that’s going to hurt this movie’s quality.

    • well its better than the original way he would come to earth, by gliding over a rainbow to earth. that was just dumb. i like what theyve done with it to where it keeps the rainbow colors but makes it more like a wormhole

  3. That sounds promising. I am a little full of too-cool-for-school actors who feel above the material and want to make sure we know it. Michael, I think that was what the actor was referring to, his willingness to go ‘all in’ as the character knowing that it could open him to ridicule. That is the Reeve comparison, I think. Not an effort to mimic his portrayal. Think Patrick Stewart as Picard. How many times was that character called to go to the edge of camp and Stewart’s dignity kept it from sliding over the edge (mostly). Here’s hoping Thor is portrayed similarly.

    • @Krebstar, I hope that is the case. What gave me pause was when the actor said, of Hemsworth, “But he’s also funny as hell, and he’s so sweet.”

      • Oops, I accidentally pressed “enter” and it posted.

        What I wanted to say, IN FULL, was:

        @Krebstar, I hope that is the case. What gave me pause was when the actor said, of Hemsworth, “But he’s also funny as hell, and he’s so sweet.”

        That’s fine if Hemsworth is a witty, sweet guy, but I don’t want Thor to be that at all. I don’t want Thor on Earth to be funny as a fish-out-of-water guy. That’s what the actor makes it sound like. And that has me worried.

        Combine that with the director or studio’s attempt to reach mainstream audiences who don’t know Thor, I sense it’s going to be corny — and in a bad way.

        Sure, I don’t want Thor to be like the first Terminator killing machine, but I don’t want him hamming it up to pull in kids and their parents, and constantly showing his soft and sensitive side to reach out to women. All this greed is really hurting movies. That’s all well and good for a family movie, but not for something like Thor.

        • Right, I get what you are saying and largely agree. I was thinking that Hemsworth is willing to play the ‘fish out of water’ stuff in a way that makes him the straight man in the joke since he doesn’t have the point of reference as an Asgardian, yet he does so with unruffled dignity. Reeve was willing to be the ultimate good guy, Dudley Do-Right and yet did it with warmth and sincerety so that his Supes never became a cardboard joke. I hope that’s the comparison that they are making to Hemsworth’s Thor. Does that make any sense?

  4. Kind of sounds like damning praise, heh. Thor is not supposed to be “sweet.”

    But I understand his meaning and especially can see how these comments relate to Christopher Reeve too, and that’s probably good for the female audience too. He probably was trying to say that Hemworth had a great sense of humor about his role and yet still played his part with confidence and doesn’t show any sense of insecurity. That’s what Reeve did that made his Superman work so well, and I can see it working just as well for Thor – who needs that as well.

  5. Cant wait for this movie to come out. Marvel is on a role with the movie layouts

  6. From the trailers his portrayal of Thor seems a little cheesy at times,but it could have a purpose. It could be to appeal to the masses as Michael said,and it could lead to some character growth in future movies where he becomes the God of Thunder we all know and love. Krebstar mentioned Capt. Picard-go watch an episode of TNG from season 1,the characters definitely evolved over time. Hopefully that’s what’s going to happen with the Avengers movie(s).Whatever happens I’m still looking forward to all the Marvel movies,it’s been a long wait.

    • I hope that all has a purpose and is but only a small, small (and I do mean, small) part of the movie. Seeing that cheesy nonsense in the trailers has really turned me against this movie.

  7. That pic of Chris above reminds me of Sabretooth……

    Pretty cool compliment…..

  8. 1 month and 6 days away.

    make mine marvel!

  9. Big time looking forward to Thor. I could really get into no more Thor\Superman comparisons. It’s entirely unnecessary.

  10. High praise indeed. Christopher Reeve was awesome. If Chris Hemsworth’s acting is similar, then kudos MArvel Studios. This is shaping up to be one of the best superhero flick of all time. Go in droves when it opens.

  11. I have to say Branagh Is incredible at films, its only the last year I discovered a deep and great love for shakspear and anything related to the Bard of Avon,, I am hooked in it,, last year I managed to watch 2 of the great master works of Branagh’s film skills that would be of course Hamlet and King Henry the vii I think i have the number wring but you know the one. I was so struck by the whole production and the soundtracks Praise the Lord they where magnificint also thy where hard to get but i got thank God! I know Branagh has done other work with filsm and I intend to see them. I cant wait to see Thor, there is something of about the ads that remind me a little on a tiny little of Flash Gordon which is a movie. But the adds look smashing, Portman and Hopkins wow two big oscar winners, a fantastic producer, a great cast with Portman,Hopkins and Hemiswoth, and many others, and the comparisons of Hemsworth to Christopher Reeve wow for a fellow actor. Oh My God I just cant wait for this one I really hope the Hammer of Thor smashes the Box office for ages it looks great Im really dying to see this,,

  12. PS I MADE A FEW TYPING ERRORS ABOVE IN CASE YOUR READIN IT AND GOING WHAT
    IS GOIN ON HERE FLASH GORDON IS A FILM– ??? ITS JUST I WAS TYPING AND MY FINGERS WHERE NOT TYPING WHAT MY HEAD WAS SAYING , SO HAVE A LAUGH AT THE ABOVE ONE AND YOU CAN READ THE PROPER ONE ..
    I have to say Branagh Is incredible at films, its only the last year I discovered a deep and great love for shakspear and anything related to the Bard of Avon,, I am hooked on it,, last year I managed to watch 2 of the great master works of Branagh’s film skills that would be of course Hamlet and King Henry the vii I think i have the number wring but you know the one. I was so struck by the whole production and the soundtracks Praise the Lord they where magnificint also thy where hard to get but i got them thank God! I know Branagh has done other work with film and I intend to see them. I cant wait to see Thor, there is something of about the ads that remind me a little on a tiny little of Flash Gordon. But the adds look smashing, Portman and Hopkins wow two big oscar winners, a fantastic producer, a great cast with Portman,Hopkins and Hemiswoth, and many others, and the comparisons of Hemsworth to Christopher Reeve wow for a fellow actor. Oh My God I just cant wait for this one I really hope the Hammer of Thor smashes the Box office for ages it looks great Im really dying to see this,,

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