Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi thanks Justice League for its subliminal Thor shout-out

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Nov 21, 2017

Everyone who saw Thor: Ragnarok, Moana, or What We Do in the Shadows knows that director Taika Waititi is a funny guy. Now his sense of humor is pointed directly at rival superhero film Justice League.

Waititi recently tweeted a portion of the Justice League poster, a subliminal message that spelled out the title of his own movie: “Thor.” The fact that this shout-out comes from the director of Thor himself makes it even more amusing.

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He also tweeted on November 17, i.e., opening day of Justice League, “Not sure what else is on at the movies this weekend…..” And if you fear Waititi was being more mean-spirited than amusing, he then wrote, “Relax, fools, I'm excited to see it just like everyone else.”

Thor: Ragnarok, which was released on November 3, is still in theaters, and has currently earned $739.2 million from a budget of $180 million. Meanwhile, Justice League has earned $278.8 million since its November 17 release date. Its budget was $300 million.

This means in order for Justice League to financially compete with Ragnarok, it needs to earn $860 million. It's not outside the realm of possibility: Despite its mediocre Rotten Tomatoes score from critics, currently at 40 percent, its audience score is a respectable 84 percent. 

We should point out here that, as above, Waititi frequently signs his tweets with the hashtag #Skuxlife. It turns out that it’s New Zealand slang for “thug life.” The phrase was used in his 2016 film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, just in case you were scratching your head.