The SuperHeroHype Forums  

Go Back   The SuperHeroHype Forums > Thor > Thor: The Dark World

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-25-2011, 12:22 PM   #101
Nerd Supreme
R_Hythlodeus's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: vienna, austria (europe) 6.784 km east of new york
Posts: 8,350
Default Re: So, who should direct Thor 2?

Originally Posted by bubbadoom View Post
I hear THOR 2 starts shooting next May...
That's quite realistic, since the release date is that close. We should get big announcements (cast/crew etc.) around december to february.

The First Family is home again. I bend the knee to our mouse-eared overlords!


a fantasy RPG based bilingual webcomic

R_Hythlodeus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2011, 11:41 AM   #102
Axl Van Sixx
Axl Van Sixx's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,759
Default Re: So, who should direct Thor 2?

Interesting article on Patty Jenkins potentially helming Thor 2:


Why It Matters if Patty Jenkins Gets Hired to Direct Thor 2

By Scott Mendelson

has apparently confirmed that Marvel Studios is indeed in talks with Patty Jenkins to replace departing Kenneth Branagh in directing Thor 2, which is due for release on July 26th, 2013 (review of Thor HERE). I generally don't comment on news about who is 'in talks' or who is 'on the wish-list', but Patty Jenkins inclusion on this specific wishlist is worth commenting on. Jenkins is best known for having helmed Monster, which won Charlize Theron a Best Actress Oscar in 2003 for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Since that triumph, she has unfortunately been relegated to directing occasional episodes of television, most recently helming the Emmy-nominated pilot for the AMC series The Killing. This is a pleasantly out-of-left field choice that plays to Marvel's greatest strength as a studio, picking talented filmmakers who aren't necessarily known for comic book spectacle and/or aren't 'the hip new flavor of the month'.

While much of the coverage will focus on 'YAY, Marvel is possibly/probably hiring the first-ever woman to direct one of its superhero movies!', there are two things worth noting. First of all, Lexi Aexander, who directed Punisher: War Zone in 2008 (review) is also of the female persuasion. Second of all, the lack of credits on Jenkins's IMDB page brings up a troubling double-standard. Had a male, arguably any male, directed a critically-acclaimed and Oscar-winning drama like Monster, they surely would have been on every studio's wishlist for every major project (see Hopper, Tom or Forrester, Marc). But, Jenkins has barely worked in the last eight years. The problem is of course not there there is a fiendish conspiracy to keep female directors out of the big leagues. The problem is that there is an expectation that female directors cannot possibly helm the kind of pulpy, big-budget and special-effects-filled genre pictures that currently dominate the landscape.

Why couldn't Sophia Coppola helm the next James Bond picture? For that matter, why can't Drew Barrymore, who juggled a large ensemble cast with the dynamite Whip It (review), take over for the rebooted Fantastic Four franchise? Why did it take Kathryn Bigelow winning a bloody Oscar for Hollywood to take her seriously? Hell, why has Mimi Leder, who helmed two big-budget genre pictures (the emotionally engaging Deep Impact and the ahead-of-its-time The Peacemaker) been in the proverbial doghouse for ELEVEN YEARS (!!) following the disappointment of the character drama Pay It Forward? She is only just now prepping for her first big screen feature since 2000, a remake of All Quiet On the Western Front. Not only is it almost impossible for female directors to be considered for films that aren't stereo-typically 'womens' pictures', but once they do get their foot in the door, it's One Strike And You're Out! (as opposed to someone like Marcus Nispel, who fails with Pathfinder and then is given $90 million to fail with Conan the Barbarian).

The real progress of Marvel hiring a female to direct one of its comic book tent-poles is not that a woman is directing a big-budget comic book film (Punisher: War Zone cost just $30 million and more-or-less tanked). It's the potential for female directors writ-large to be considered on the same 'wish-list' as male directors when the next big action picture or fantasy spectacle goes into pre-production. Once we see at least one or two female names on the studio wish-lists for the next 007 film or the next big comic book adaptation... that's real progress. What are your thoughts? What female directors do you think deserve a shot at directing more mainstream genre product?

"Democracy for an insignificant minority, democracy for the rich—that is the democracy of capitalist society."—Lenin

IMT supporter
Axl Van Sixx is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:20 AM.

monitoring_string = "dee460792f24517621e3ca080805de7e"

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. is a property of Mandatory Media, LLC, an Evolve Media, LLC company. ©2018 All Rights Reserved.