Yesterday, CBM posted what they thought was leaked concept art for Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Thor movie. Though the image itself was labeled “Thor Movie Concept Design Art,” CBM couldn’t find its source. But, they did put a warning on the post that the image “could very well cause fits of anger amongst comic book purists,” mostly referring to the revamping of Thor’s mighty hammer Mjolnir.
Eventually it was discovered that the concept art was done by Dan Panosian, who’s previously done illustrations for Captain America and Green Lantern, as well as Superhero Movie. Via his Twitter account, Panosian cleared up the confusion. This was not the concept art for Branagh’s live-action Thor movie, although he thought it was when he accepted the commission from an Art Director who referred to the project as a “design for the Thor movie that Marvel is doing.”
Turns out that the Thor movie was actually the animated Thor movie. Panosian only found this out after he had submitted his work.
Panosian explains the mix-up as well as his ideas for the design on his Deviant Art page Urban Barbarian. Read the entire message here below.
Want to a funny story that will bring a tear to your eye?
Of course you do. You’re still reading this. So I get a call from an Art Director friend of mine on Saturday as I was preparing to get my place ready for the Fedor/Arlovski fight. He asked me if I could submit a last minute design for the Thor movie that Marvel is doing.
Over course I was thrilled. They needed it Monday morning. Fine, whatever! They could of needed it in a few hours and I would of complied. It’s Thor! Hell, I did design work for [link] Superhero, the Movie – I was waiting for a REAL superhero movie to come along!
Anyway, I factored in a few things. Like creating a suit that could successfully pad an actor and give him some heroic bulk, etc. I also knew that the colors had to be a bit more subdued than the Kirby comic book. And sadly, I had to come up with something that wouldn’t look ridiculous on. A tall order.
So, I did what I could and enjoyed every minute of it. I managed about 65% of what I envisioned. Generally that’s a decent success when it comes to applying your vision to paper.
I even incorporated the marks on Thor’s plates into his logo…
Here’s the sad part. I turned it in and that’s when the AD mentioned it was a design for the ANIMATED movie. I just assumed it was for the Live Action film I’ve heard buzz about… Clearly I need to learn to ask more questions…! Assumption is the mother of all… what’s the word I’m looking for? ;)
Hell, at least I got to design a Thor costume, right?
Whether you think this concept art fits the typical Thor mold, it’s still interesting to see a new rendition, especially after you read about what the artist had in mind.
[Source via io9]