Thompson on Hollywood

Patty Jenkins, who wrote and directed Charlize Theron in her powerhouse Oscar-winning performance in Monster (pictured in the 2004 Richard Avedon photo), will be the first woman to direct a superhero movie: Thor 2.

Marvel tends to choose idiosyncratic directors, from Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and Kenneth Branagh (Thor) to Joss Whedon (The Avengers). Jenkins still seems an odd choice for a franchise comic movie, given that she is known for gritty indie Monster and TV credits such as The Killing pilot and Entourage, Arrested Development and The Sarah Silverman Program. See the Monster trailer below -- we've been waiting for her to direct another film for eight years -- but we'll take what we can get.

In Theron's Oscar acceptance speech the first person she thanked was her "incredible director."