Love and Thunder Director Reveals Why Gorr’s Look Was Changed

When Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) hits theaters on July 8, he will look very different from his comic book counterpart. While both versions still feature a gray bipedal alien, Bale’s version lacks the character’s signature tendrils growing out of his head. The character’s dark black dress is also gone. The live-action version also sports a nose while the comic Gorr has a flat face.

Part of the reason for the change in appearance, according to Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi, is that the comic version looked too much like Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series.

“His face in the comics, unfortunately, looks a bit like Voldemort,” the director said during a press tour with IGN. “So I was like ‘people will automatically make this connection.’ So we decided to deviate from that design and kind of keep elements of the tone, and the fact that he had the sword. Really, it was his story that was the most important thing for us.

When we spoke to Bale, the actor said Gorr’s comedic look just wasn’t possible with his take on the role.

“I was coming out of a movie where you had to be quite lean,” Bale explained. “And then I saw the footage and I thought, ‘Well, that won’t be possible…and that thong thing that’s going on there. He looked in the comics like physically, you know, someone to reckon with. And I said, “Well, you know, that’s just not going to be possible in the state I’m in. And we have literally three days between me finishing a movie and going to Australia for quarantine and so I usually like to have a lot more time in between, but the pandemic has meant things have gone that way.

Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarokreturns to lead Thor: Love and Thunder. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. The film and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Jaimie Alexander, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Jeff Goldblum and Vin Diesel.

Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8.

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