The gleaming towers of Asgard will look a tad more matte and less "Flash Gordon" like in "Thor: The Dark World," the upcoming sequel to Marvel's "Thor".
Director Alan Taylor tells SFX that the reason for this change of the visual design was partly due to his "Game of Thrones" experience, and partly due to Marvel itself:
"I love doing period stuff, and I was immersed in Game Of Thrones. I was lucky that Marvel seemed to have an appetite for that this time. They'd consciously steered away from that kind of thing in the first one. Because they wanted to make sure they were distinguishing themselves from Lord Of The Rings. They didn't want to be mistaken for that. But by the time I came along it seemed like they were ready to embrace a slightly more historical attitude towards it."
This allows for a more effective blend of the sci-fi futuristic elements, and more traditional and historical ones. It also explains why Thor himself is on horseback for some scenes in the sequel, even though the character can technically fly:
"In my mind this is an ancient, ancient culture that highly reveres the horse and the culture of the horse. We still use fountain pens because we think they're really cool – it's not like we all use laser pens. So I think there's a living culture that keeps these things. To me the defining thing was that Thor is a superhero amongst many superheroes, but the thing that makes him different is the thing that should be featured in the movie. And that is that he's also a warrior prince from ancient culture."