Punisher: War Zone's Lexi Alexander Would Direct a Ms. Marvel Movie for Free
But recently, she revealed on Twitter that she has her eye on another Marvel superhero. When asked how she felt about Ronda Rousey's expressed desire to play Captain Marvel, Alexander replied that while she "loves" Rousey, she has her heart set on Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff (which, word), and then dropped this little (possibly tongue-in-cheek) bomb:
I would seriously forego my director's fee if someone would greenlight Kamala Khan (don't tell my agents I tweeted that).— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) August 11, 2015
This may come as a surprise, especially considering her recent statements about directing another superhero movie. She was in the conversation to replace Michelle MacLaren for the Wonder Woman solo movie, but she very categorically denied any interest in the project. But lest any of us think she just has a preference for Marvel over DC, she sent another tweet clarifying that her remark had a social justice bent:
...I was trying to make a point about the importance of a hero who looks like Kamala Khan...not Marvel being so awesome I'd work 4 free.lol— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) August 13, 2015
Kamala Khan is the first female Muslim superhero from a mainstream publisher, and has received rave reviews during her run so far, both for dismantling stereotypes about Muslim-Americans and for just generally being relatable and well-written.
Alexander has been outspoken about social justice in the past, and particularly about her own experiences with sexism in the film industry. Punisher: War Zone's budget was abruptly cut by $15 million after she was named director, most likely because the shareholders were scared off by a female director taking on a superhero movie. And regarding that Wonder Woman project, she said, "I don't see at this point why anyone would say yes. There is huge pressure…. If [a female director] does fail, then all of a sudden it's 'All women suck at directing.'" But she thinks the opportunity to produce a superhero film with a racially diverse and female main character is important enough that she would brave this criticism.
Gents...do this empathy exercise just once: Imagine growing up without ever watching a movie in which the hero is your gender or race.— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) August 13, 2015
We wish this would happen, and many others on Twitter did as well, with Parveen Kaur, who plays Aanya on The Strain, even offering to play Kamala Khan for her. But even if this never happens, we'll still get to see Alexander take on a superhero in a limited capacity, as she will next be seen directing the fourth episode of the upcoming season of Arrow.