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Monster Director Patty Jenkins to Helm Thor 2 For Marvel; Where Has She Been?

by Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
October 14, 2011 5:44 AM
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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."

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  • Sarah | November 11, 2011 3:37 PMReply

    I think it's ridiculous that Jenkins is an unlikely choice. I bet if a male directed an arty, Oscar-winning film about a serial killer it would be just natural for him to apply that sensibility to a more blockbuster realm.
    Yes, there is some sense of "surprise," but only because Hollywood is so misogynist seeing a woman direct a high-budget project is like seeing a pig fly.

  • News Hit | October 28, 2011 1:37 AMReply

    Did you have to pick that picture for the story?

    Wait, why the hell am I complaining? If anything, can you choose pictures like Theron naked more often?

  • David Scholes | October 16, 2011 3:48 AMReply

    It's a shame that Branagh was unavailable but I believe Jenkins is a reasonable alternative.

    Thor 2 sounds like a journey through the nine worlds of Asgardian cosmology, which will be interesting. A shame that its been put back to November 2013.

    As an Aussie sci-fi writer:
    I’ve also written a bit of Thor fan fiction, why not check it out:

  • Scott Mendelson | October 14, 2011 6:39 AMReply

    FYI - Lexi Alexander directed Punisher: War Zone in 2008

  • Kimberley Walsh | October 14, 2011 6:03 AMReply

    There are many Thor allies and villains that weren’t included in the first film which they can utilise in future sequels and give us new stories while leaving the overused Loki out of future sequels.

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