Last weekend, I went to the theater to see Thor. I grew up with my father reading his Silver Surfer and Spiderman comics, which got me somewhat interested in the genre. Its been decades since I've picked up a comic, probably around the last time I picked up a She-ra doll, but I'm very familiar with the characters. I may not read the comics anymore, but I like to watch them on the big screen.
being the first week of release of this particular movie, I decided to
get my seat early. Sitting there I had a ringside seat as the other film
goers found their seat. I was quite surprised to find that probably
half or over half of the patrons were women. True, some of them may have
randomly picked Thor, but for the most part I think Chris Hemsworth and
Idris Elba were the big draw. That would explain the gratuitous
shirtless scene in the movie with Thor. That scene definitely wasn't for
the fan boys, it was a shout out for the ladies.
back over the super hero movies that have been released recently, the
common factor is that most of them are attractive men. You've got Chris
Evans, Hugh Jackman, and Henry Cavill as leading men. All of them good
looking actors playing superheroes, all of them with a female fan base.
for one have watched just about anything Chris Evans was in, years
before he ever played Captain America. I happen to think he's good eye
candy. Anyone remember Cellular?
buzz with the Man of Steel from the ladies over the summer wasn't about
the action scenes, but how well Mr. Cavill looked in that Superman suit.
I for one enjoyed the shirtless scenes with the manly facial scruff. ; )
own mother practically swoons every time The Dark Knight Rises is on TV
and she hears Bane's distinctive voice. She was so crushed when I told
her he wouldn't be in the next Batman reboot.
trend even spreads outside of the superhero movie genre. I wasn't
interested in The Fast and the Furious until they announced that The
Rock would be appearing in Fast Five. As long as he's in the franchise
I'll park my butt in the seat for every installment. Though Fast Six
should be called The Fast and the Furious: Sexy, Sweaty Bald Men in Tank
I'm glad to see that film makers
are paying attention to what women want when it comes to movies. We
don't all want the same predictable rom-com's and period pieces.
Sometimes we just want mindless action and a good looking man saving the
day. And speaking of the Rock, he was also the only reason I went to
see that awful GI Joe sequel and if he's in the next one they can go
ahead and take my money right now.