Last week came the news that Kenneth Branagh was the favored contender to direct Marvel's 'Thor' movie. MTV Splash Page checked in with writer J. Michael Straczynski, currently revitalizing the character in comics, to get his opinion of the potential helmer.
"Honestly, I can't imagine anyone better suited to this," said Straczynski. "‘Thor,' at his best, has always had a classical bent to the character in terms of his history, the way he speaks, and the often Shakespearean intrigues and dramas that surround him. That kind of dialogue and character needs the hand of someone who comes from a theatrical/classically trained background in order for it not to sound forced or artificial. Branagh is absolutely the perfect choice."
While I'm definitely on board for a Branagh-directed 'Thor' (I said so to E! last week) but is Straczynski being a little over-effusive? He can't imagine anyone better suited? Verily, Branagh's mastery of the Shakespearean classics on film are a major plus, but there's a complete lack of any "event movie" on his resume. And there are directors out there who have made huge movies with a classic feel (Peter Jackson being the most obvious that springs to mind).
Is Straczynski on the mark? Is Rob splitting hairs that he doesn't have? What do you think about Kenneth Branagh directing Thor? If not him, then who? Post your comments below.