It is one seriously superhero summer, and it's still just warming up.
I'll have a piece up in a little while about my experience watching "Thor" with the boys, and as soon as they were available, I bought them each a toy Mjolnir. They make thunder sounds when you press a button, and they're soft enough that you can hit something without hurting it. Or at least, that was my thought. Within three days, the boys had pushed their mother to the breaking point. I guess she didn't think it was as funny as I did to hear WHACK! THUNDER! "Don't hit me!" over and over from the playroom.
As excited as they were for "Thor," and as much as they've enjoyed watching the "Captain America" trailer over and over, the film that seems to have already won their hearts and minds for this summer is "Green Lantern," and I understand. Ever since they saw that Wonder-Con piece that Warner Bros. put online, they have been absolutely manic about the mythology of the world of Hal Jordan.
I'm going to guess this will not be an uncommon response.
One thing I've realized as a parent is that kids love to learn a new vocabulary for a movie. They love films where there are a million little characters to memorize and play with. The variety on display in the Green Lantern Corps is one of the many things that appeals to them right away. The film's big crazy cosmic scale excites them because it combines so many things they like… monsters and outer space and superheroes and jet planes and creepy-looking things.