J. Michael Straczynski Says Kenneth Branagh Perfect For ‘Thor’ Film

With the internet absolutely a’blaze over the recent announcement that Kenneth Branagh could possibly be the director on Marvel’s upcoming “Thor” film, Splash Page decided to get current “Thor” comics writer J. Michael Straczynski’s take on the news.

“Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone better suited to this,” said Straczynski, who is more widely known as the creator of “Babylon 5” and more recently, the screenwriter of the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed Oscar contender “Changeling.” “’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 no official word has been released, Branagh is reportedly in negotiations to direct the 2010 film, with a screenplay written by Mark Protosevich. Not known as a traditional “action film” director, the closest Branagh has come to the genre was his directorial debut, “Henry V,” which told the brutal tale of the King’s conquest of France. That being said, given the character’s more classical roots — especially in terms of dialogue — Branagh on “Thor” makes for a very interesting choice for director at the very least.

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