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Nordling here.

Summer's almost here, to judge by the commercials coming.  I especially like the THOR TV Spot - the Mjolnir-cam kicks much butt:

And here's THOR commercial #2!

I'm very happy WB brought the epic out with the WonderCon GREEN LANTERN spot.  And now GL is hitting the airwaves. I think kids are going to lose their minds over this one this summer:


The jury's still out for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, but the fact that it's a standalone film makes me more intrigued for this one than the last:

We've seen most of this stuff in this KUNG FU PANDA 2 spot already, but it still looks fun as heck:

Thanks for TheMovieBox.Net for the embeds.  Nordling, out.

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  • April 3, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    What power does thunder have?

    by claxdog

    I just makes noise.Lightning has all the power.

  • April 3, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    The best part of any of those trailers…

    by time2323

    is the King Fu staring contest. Im not sure how I feel about Thor's snarky attitude in those.

  • April 3, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Pirates is gonna rule the summer once again


    because all these other movies look like dogshit in comparison haha.

  • April 3, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Claxdog...Thunder has the power to scare small children...

    by Charlie_Sheens_Coke_Numbed_Penis

    sometimes rattle windows and stuff..

  • April 3, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Thor and Green Lantern both look good

    by elsewhere

    but so did The Phantom Menace. We shall see.

  • April 3, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern looks like a better bet than Thor

    by alan_poon

    The British accent that Hemsworth is using is really getting my goat.

  • April 3, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Thor sucks

    by Marat

  • April 3, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Thor and Green Lantern look HORRIBLE

    by slappy jones

    Everything about Thor makes me cringe. Just embarrassingly bad. Green Lantern just looks like a loud noisy mess. But I hope Ryan Reynolds finds some time to make smug wise cracks. He so rarely does that. Pirates looks ok I suppose. It doesn't make me jump with joy but I don't break out in hives the way the other two make me. Really really looking forward to Kung Fu Panda 2 as I absolutely love the first one.

  • April 3, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Box Office Prediction

    by Larry Knowles

    1) Kung Fu Panda 2) Pirates of the Carribean 3) Green Lantern 4) Captain America 5) Thor Hear me know and listen to me later...

  • April 3, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Funny how people are flip flopping about Thor and Green Lantern...

    by Steepdog1

    based soley on the trailers. I could edit footage from "Batman and Robin" together and make it look like "the Dark Knight". fact is...Hollywood thinks that mainstream audiences LOVE "fish out of water" humor in superhero movies. And thats what they show in the trailer, no matter what the rest of the movie is like. Every trailer for a supehero movie (that isn't supposed to be "dark") inevetably shows that awkward moment where either a) Superhero does or says something silly upon discovering superpowers or b) (Super)hero not from earth is confused by earth stuff and "hilarity" ensues. For some reason, hollywood thinks this is the absolute best part of every movie, and emphasize it as much as humanly possible in trailers...usually by showcasing horrible lines spoken by lame sidekicks. you can make the first two Spider-Man movies look like the worst movies ever made pretty easily if you only show the cheesey parts. So its funny that Green Lantern was going to suck when that's all they showed...but now that they are showing cool stuff its not... And no one seemed to be worried about Thor until they showed the "funny" stuff...but now it's going to be lame. I'm just hoping for both to be fun summer popcorn movies that don't basically call me a f*cking moron for liking the source material (I'm looking at you REVENGE OF THE FALLEN)

  • April 3, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Updated Predictions...

    by Larry Knowles

    Forgot a few... 1) Cars 2 2) Kung Fu Panda 2 3) Harry Potter 8 4) Transformers 3 5) Green Lantern 6) Pirates of the Carribean 7) Captain America 8) Thor 9) X-Men First Class

  • April 3, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Also, Harry, please call me...

    by Larry Knowles

    I miss you, bro. Is there any chance that you would like to see just one of these summer movies with me? I promise I won't try to talk to you - it would just be nice to go do something as brothers like we used to. -Larry

  • April 3, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Box Office Predictions - update 3

    by Larry Knowles

    1) Cars 2 2) Kung Fu Panda 2 3) Harry Potter 8 4) Transformers 3 5) Super 8 6) Green Lantern 7) Pirates of the Carribean 8) Captain America 9) Cowboys and Aliens 10) Thor 11) X-Men First Class

  • April 3, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Glad that didn't use AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" in the Thor trailer.

    by rev_skarekroe

    A bit too obvious, that.

  • April 3, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Hoping Pirates 4 is MUCH better than 2 and 3!!

    by darthwaz1

  • April 3, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    The dark horse is Green Lantern, but watch it make the most

    by Terrence

    That is my prediction. I have a feeling after all the shit the production has gotten from fanboys and the media taking the word of fanboys, they're going to pull out with one of the bigger box offices of the summer, especially if it gets repeat viewings and kids want to see it.

  • April 3, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Ugh, don't care about any of these

    by CountryBoy

    It's gonna be a long summer...

  • April 3, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Everything except for Panda 2, looks labored.

    by Orbots Commander

    Thor, with the lead's grating accent, looks like an all out turd. Green Lantern? That flick's a total question mark. Ditto Pirates. Again, it feels tired and labored.

  • April 3, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Meat Loaf is bipolar

    by Bobo_Vision

    No, really, he is. If you google celebrities with bipolar disorder, he might be on the list, depending on how complete it is. This will only be of significance to people who watch Celebrity Apprentice.

  • April 3, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    I predict that this will be an awful Summer for movies.

    by Orbots Commander

    I don't see an Inception-type surprise anywhere on the horizon, unless that turns out to be Super 8.

  • April 3, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST


    by lead_sharp

    For me, I'm going to watch Lantern and that but Thor looks like it has stuff happening in it were as GL looks like a cgi movie.

  • April 3, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    thor just looks awful and dumb.

    by vulturess

    and it doest have robert downey jr to save it.

  • April 3, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    It's a Cruel Summer.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Leaving me here on my own.

  • April 3, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Hot summer streets and the pavements are burning I sit around

    by Larry Knowles

    Trying to smile but the air is so heavy and dry

  • April 3, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Do you know what happens...

    by johndillingers20inchseveredcock

    ...when a toad is stuck by lightning?

  • April 3, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Predictions for these movies

    by Yeti

    Critics will hate, we will complain, and they will all still make shitloads of money.

  • April 3, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Super 8 will be the best film of the summer

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    That's my prediction anyway. I don't know that it will make the most money (that should be Transformers or Harry Potter), but I think Super 8 will be the best.

  • April 3, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    1999 was best movie year ever!!!

    by Larry Knowles

    2011 has got some good big-budget summer flicks, but ain't gonna top 1999 as best movie year evar!!! Also, Harry, please just put my Boba Fett in an envelope and stick him in the mail. You know my address.

  • April 3, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    HORRIBLE BOSSES will be the sleeper hit of the summer

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    a couple years ago, I predicted the same for The Hangover, before there was even a trailer. People thought I was crazy, but I was proven right...emphatically so. Hangover 2 will do okay money, but I think many people will (rightly) say it's just the exact same movie in a new location. I think Horrible Bosses will be that sleeper hit this year. Mark my words.

  • April 3, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Hot town, Summer in the city....

    by Orbots Commander

    Back of my neck getting burnt and gritty.

  • April 3, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Strange voices are sayin'

    by Larry Knowles

  • April 3, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Strange voices are sayin'

    by Larry Knowles

    What did they say? Things I can't understand It's too close for comfort this heat has got right out of hand

  • April 3, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Summer lovin' had me a blast

    by Larry Knowles

    Summer lovin' happened so fast

  • April 3, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Box office

    by kiwicanuck

    Thor: Bomb of the summer. Green Lantern: Monster hit

  • April 3, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Expect ...

    by Todaysfate

    ... Cars 2 or Transformers 3 to be king at the box office domesticly. Potter to take it worldwide. Super hero movies land in the middle. There are too many of them. Despite my deepest desire ... i expect Super 8 to be pretty good ... but not able to capture that "magic" from the 80's completely. It does not exist in the age of youtube, iphone, facebook and reality tv.

  • April 3, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Transformers 3 ....

    by Todaysfate

    No posters, no trailers. Im surprised the hype machine for this one hasn't started yet. It should. They need to start early making people forget how bad Revenge Of The Fallen. The bright side is that this one HAS to be better.

  • April 3, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Predicting animated movies to be top money makers...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Is pretty obvious isn't it? Wow how revolutionary you think Panda and Cars 2 will make more money than comic book films... Um duh! Kids and families will see those two horrible fucking movies over and over. Also you can't hate on Hangover 2 and then bust a nut over Kung Fu Panda 2 or even Cars 2. Talk about retreading. Cars 2 will be Pixar's official first failure in my eyes. It's a movie ripping off James Bond films... I enjoyed that when Austin Powers did it. Someone made hands down the best post I've ever read here... I think it was by steepdog... The trailers for these movies always show the "comedy" moments in the commercials... Why? Because you're average asshole would not be excited by Thor kicking ass or Green Lantern doing his thing. That would be too "out there" so they show the comedy moments that will make average joe asshole go "That movie will be funny, I'll check it out". So I'm not worried about either film. Also Hangover 2 will make crazy money because people like to go out to "safe" movies. Where they know what they are going to get. Same reason why Thor and Green Lantern are focusing on comedy in the commercials. So they can look "safe" where the sci-fi would put some people off.

  • April 3, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Find a ride (In the sum-sum-summertime)

    by Orbots Commander

    Find a ride (In the sum-sum-summertime)

  • April 3, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Top 11 of Two Thousand 11

    by Larry Knowles

    Will somebody please write these down?! Here are the top movies of the summer. Send me an email at the end of the summer congratulating me on my early picks: 1) Cars 2 2) Kung Fu Panda 2 3) Harry Potter 8 4) Transformers 3 5) Super 8 6) Green Lantern 7) Pirates of the Carribean 8) Captain America 9) Cowboys and Aliens 10) Thor 11) X-Men First Class

  • April 3, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Re: Transformers marketing & OVERestimating Green Lantern

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Transformers 2 waited until later than the rest to start its media blitz, and they'll do the same thing with 3. Once we hit like mid/late May they'll market the hell out of it. Green Lantern will not be a monster hit. It will be a moderate hit, and the money it does make will be misleading as the 3D prices will inflate it. Whether its a great movie or not, I think the general masses will not embrace it the way fanboys here are. They'll see it once and then forget it. I mean the Wondercon footage feedback here is like 95% fanboys drooling. But look at any non-fanboy outlet that ran the footage( for example) and the reaction is FAR less enthusastic. It's about 40% love to 60% negative.

  • April 3, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern is/will be a Franchise...

    by zinc_chameleon

    because of the toy/games angle: there are so many Emerald Knights to build! The film designers made it clear last year that *everyone* of the Lanterns you see on screen in June 2011 will make it Toys R Us. It's the new Star Wars.

  • April 3, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    GL toys

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    just because they make toys doesn't mean anyone will want to buy them. If they make EVERY lantern into a toy (which I dont believe for a second), I guarantee you 90% of them will be "peg-warmers". And that's assuming even the main character GL toys sell at all.

  • April 3, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Larry Knowles......Cars 2 as #1????

    by Bobo_Vision

    And you've got Green Lantern ahead of Pirates of the Caribbean? <p> You're out of your mind. Pirates of the Caribbean is going to own the summer. Transformers 3 will be a tight competitor with POTC because Americans are.....well.....they are Americans...... <p> The remaining spots in the top 10 are all up for grabs....but Green Lantern will be near the bottom.

  • April 3, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Only One I Care About is GREEN LANTERN

    by grievenom

    Thor looks ponderous and boring, and I despised Pirates 2 and 3. I'll probably check out Kung Fu Panda in a matinee, but will be at Green Lantern on opening night.

  • April 3, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Richard Hatch needs to be fired from Celebrity Apprentice

    by Bobo_Vision

  • April 3, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    An emphatic "no" to Pirates, yes to everything else.

    by PorkChopXpress

    I like the look of both Thor and Green Lantern (especially after the con footage for GL), Kung Fu Panda 2 should be entertaining...but after Pirates 2 I have had zero interest in that franchise.

  • April 3, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Guys I need help with super 8

    by korkie70

    i have looked everywhere for Super, Super 2, super 3, super 4 etc. Looked EVERYWHERE. i have seen the Harry Potters 1-7. Hell I've seen Most trilogys and franchises. but this one eldudes me. help

  • April 3, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Actually this looks like a great Summer for us compared to last year.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Sure, not all the films you're looking forward to are going to knock it out of the park, but at least there's a pretty good line up of titles that are of interest. I'm worried about "Thor" at the box-office, but I've always been worried about Thor as a feature film long before there were ever plans for one. He's one of toughest Marvel eggs to crack, it could easily turn out ridiculous and the mainstream audience isn't familiar with the character. That turned out okay for "Iron Man", but it could have just as easily have bombed. I think the best bit of luck "Thor" has going for it is that it's basically the first Summer film this year in very early May and audiences are always desperately hungry for anything that promises Summer spectacle in the early Spring. It may have suffered much more greatly if released in July or August after the audience's appetite has been satiated by a half dozen other super hero or sci-fi spectacles.

  • April 3, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    POTC will be the highest-grossing film of the summer, EASY

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Jack Sparrow is this generation's Indiana Jones...audiences were willing to follow his through two increasingly bloated sequels, and they'll do the same here. If the movie grossed less than $400 million, I will be very fucking surprised. next up will be the animated fare. Cars 2 might have the slight edge on Panda, but both will make more than $200 million apiece. Green Lantern will just confuse people who already saw Green Hornet earlier this year (what, they made a sequel ALREADY?!). Thor gets out of the gate first for superhero movies, but the character is a total non-entity for the non-geek crowd, and there's no lovable Robert Downey Jr. comeback story to entice people who know dick about the comic books. It'll do Hulk-level numbers...over $120 million, but not enough to inspire a franchise. The Hangover was absolute SHIT, but the sequel is money in the bank. Maybe not as much as the first, but $200 million is pretty much assured.

  • May overused bad CGI and 3D go to hell.......

  • April 4, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Pirates and Panda have my money...

    by bubcus

    ... still not sold on Lantern or Thor. I'll keep looking for something to wow me in those trailers.

  • April 4, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Not watching more spoilermercials! Is POTC:OST a real standalone?

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    I really hope so! It makes me look forward to it.

  • April 4, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    korkie70 - LOLbot

    by dago bah

    and early reports I heard from a THOR screening held last week were that is up to the standards of IRON MAN #1.

  • April 4, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Harry, will you please call your fucking brother?!

    by Roger Moon

  • April 4, 2011, 12:49 a.m. CST

    all three look great except kun-fu panda...

    by JaredP

    which i don't care about

  • Even Xmen.

  • April 4, 2011, 1:58 a.m. CST

    POTC, TF and HP7 will be the top grossers.

    by The Founder

  • April 4, 2011, 2:02 a.m. CST


    by batmans_pants

    You think you're having trouble. I'm trying to source THX1 - 1137 before I see the last film. I'm stunned that none of can be found even on old VHS or Beta. Anyone?

  • April 4, 2011, 5:21 a.m. CST're right about Harry Potter

    by Bobo_Vision

    Looking at the top grossing films of all time....those films are topping the list compared to the other franchises....I guess there's a big market for hob goblins and wizards out there. It's that Lord of the Rings/Narnia/fantasy crowd I guess. <p>'re wrong about Pirates. It's going to give Potter a run for it's money and will likely be #2. People love Johnny Depp. He's dreamy. And despite the fact that #2 and #3 were messes in terms of story, they were still delightful romps at times and people will be willing to give #4 a chance to see if they get it right.

  • April 4, 2011, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Appetite for Spectacle

    by Larry Knowles

    The reluctant austinite is insightful... The late summer releases will suffer because the public's appetite for summer spectacle will have already been satisfied by other big budget extravaganzas. It's too bad that there isn't more breathing room between a few of these.

  • April 4, 2011, 7:27 a.m. CST

    The AICN trolls

    by DannyOcean01

    Deserve a government pension they work so hard. And completely agree with steepdog1. The flip flopping on these movies is becoming so tiresome as content heavy features/teasers/trailers are released to offset the comedy-out-of-context footage we sometimes get.

  • April 4, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Not sure on Hemsworth's accent

    by DannyOcean01

    But the footage does suggest a vivid, cacophonous Simonson opera, at least when it comes to the Asgard stuff. Still not sure on the earth-based action, even though it does tie in with current comic storylines.

  • April 4, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Thor and GL look terrible.

    by ATARI

    Pirates 4 looks fun.<br> <br>

  • April 4, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Thor looks better the more I see, same with Green Lantern, but...

    by templesweeper

    I think the more sci-fi comic book movies trend, then the less successful they tend to be. One thing people like about Iron Man and Batman is that they don't have super powers. People relate to them more. Even Spider-Man's powers aren't crazy. Thor and Green Lantern are gods (I know Hal Jordan isn't a god, but his power is god-like). And they both take place, partially, in other worlds. That might be a hard sell. My prediction is that Captain America does better than both of them. That movie just looks awesome in every sense.

  • April 4, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    The last line of the GL oath...

    by snappy

    ... is delivered terribly. It sounds like he's trying to do Christian Bale's Bats voice. And why does his voice go up at the end? Did Sinestro grab his balls? "Green Lantern's LIGHT!!!!" 0_o

  • April 4, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Really does look like the intro to a video game.

    by cookylamoo

    With Sinestro being the prime offender. Why the hell is he CGI? He doesn't even have that rectangular head. By the way, they've got to have Reynolds call out "Sinestro, so he's like sinister, right?"

  • April 4, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST


    by irongeezer

    Both look awesome. Asgard and the Dstroyer look everything like I had hoped they would. Oa looks fantastic - my only concern so far is Sinestro's look - he doesn't look evil and powerful so much; he looks more like a young alien Bob Newhart

  • April 4, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Larry Knowles. Now have your brother call me!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Tell him how "insightful" I am. He "reluctantly" promised to hire me to write for Famous Monsters and I'm so broke I've been boiling old pairs of Nikes for dinner. They're rubbery, but oddly taste like chicken. Good luck contacting your long lost brother, Larry. P.S. Imagine if the "Thor" and "Captain America" release dates were switched. "Captain America" is likely to big a much bigger hit anyway, but "Thor" would probablly just tank.

  • April 4, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Saw Source Code last night and it was pretty damned good. It was nothing like the trailers, which made it look cheesy. Who ARE these trailer editors? They are doing a real injustice to movies. Anyway, I really liked the movie except that they made a Tea Party patriot the bad guy.

  • April 4, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Thor Spinning His Hammer to Control the Storm...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...vintage Jack Kirby moment. Thinking this is gonna be really good.

  • April 4, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    is it just me or does Thor look a lot like

    by ragingfluff

    Cody from "Sister Wives"? ;-)

  • April 4, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Box Office....

    by arjaybee

    I think it's possible that we will see a Narnia-like backlash against Transformers. It might not clear $200 million this time out. Pirates will be huge, Potter will be huge, Twilight will be huge, Panda may beat Cars 2 and Cowboys v Aliens and Super 8 could surprise, not to mention all the superhero flix. This summer is going to be way better than last.

  • April 4, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by superman76

    i see you're quite adept at spouting only what the media has indoctrinated you with. all tea partiers are extremists?? what an ignorant, close-minded thing to say. have you even met one? did you get your information anywhere else besides cnn or msn?

  • Thank the gods he didn't direct this!

  • April 4, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    From the creators of FUCK YOU PANDA, here comes FUCK YOU TOO PANDA

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Anybody 'amember that?

  • April 4, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    i loved that simonson storyline, now where's surtur...

    by hogo

  • Why? Because the uninformed people (potential audience) who are not familiar with the character WILL NOT KNOW he is charging the POWER RING (unless they also see and understand that in the promotion). So, obviously, if they just hear the rhyme without knowing Hal Jordon's reason for saying it, they will think it is just silly!!! --Get a clue, people!!!

  • ...I would think it looks silly. Good thing I've already invested in the character. --Warner Bros. --THINK ABOUT HOW YOU PROMOTE A SUPERHERO FLICK FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE CHARACTER!!!

  • Personally, I think that THOR looks SO GOOD that it will actually elevate the character!!! Perfect choice of actor, as he made himself into the man he needed to be for the role. I even feel like saying CONGRATS already!!!

  • April 5, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Thor/GL will rock this summer, 40-60 mil opening each

    by BikoQue

  • April 5, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Box Office: Quality will matter

    by RandySavage

    All these movies will have sizable openings, but I predict film quality will determine the winner(s), Disney seems to be confident in the quality of PotC as they are showing scenes to audiences at Disneyland as we speak, rather than embargoing viewings/reviews as happens with turds. If it is great fare (and I hope and expect it will be) it will be near top. Since Potter is the finale, it will likely end up in the 1 or 2 spots. Thor and Green Lantern should end up near the bottom of the 10-15 tentpole films mentioned above because the characters aren't that well known, stars aren't A-list and the trailers/spots haven't been especially impressive.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    by RandySavage

    1(2). Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2(1). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 3. Cars 2 4. Kung Fu Panda 2 5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon 6. Captain America 7. Cowboys and Aliens 8. X-Men First Class 9. Super 8 10. Hangover 2 11. Thor 12. Green Lantern 13. Scream 4