So it turns out that Loki, villain from The Avengers, is actually a pretty great writer — or at least Tom Hiddleston, the actor who plays him, is. Hiddleston (War Horse, Midnight In Paris) has some pretty interesting views on what place superheroes have in popular culture, and the changes that have occurred within the genre.
He gives major props to a certain Mr. Ledger and his innovative take on The Joker in The Dark Knight:
Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight quite simply changed the game. He raised the bar not just for actors in superhero films, but young actors everywhere; for me. His performance was dark, anarchic, dizzying, free, and totally, thrillingly, dangerous.
Hiddleston also waxes lyrical about superhero movies as a whole, insisting they're not a folly, and shouldn't be dismissed:
In our increasingly secular society, with so many disparate gods and different faiths, superhero films present a unique canvas upon which our shared hopes, dreams and apocalyptic nightmares can be projected and played out.
For more from Loki/Tom Hiddleston being insightful and eloquent, read the full article on The Guardian