Warner Bros. Seeks Female Director for 2017's Wonder Woman
Warner Bros. is working hard to clean up their "old boys' club" image; they're seeking a qualified woman to direct the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, which is slated for 2017.
Women have been mostly absent behind the scenes of superhero films; Punisher: War Zone's Lexi Alexander is the only woman to have directed a superhero film, and Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman is the only woman to write a Marvel film. Warner Bros. hasn't had any women in significant roles behind the scenes of their superhero movies (although they can take comfort in the fact that they at least have a female superhero movie on the schedule, in stark contrast to Kevin Feige's irritating waffling.) Collider also discredited the common argument that women may not be given the opportunity to direct blockbusters because fewer women have the necessary experience, as Godzilla's Gareth Edwards and Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow were both trusted with massive franchises when they had only directed small, indie films.
This apparent prejudice puts female directors at a distinct disadvantage, as superhero movies represent most of the big-budget franchises in today's film market. So this is undeniably a positive development, as we should try to move away from the insidious trend of relegating women directors to less prominent films such as rom-coms. The fact that they're specifically seeking a female director for their female superhero movie feels a little bit like tokenizing, as a woman would be just as qualified to direct a film such as Man of Steel or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but we'll take what we can get.
Now for the fun part: who are the contenders? Kathryn Bigelow naturally tops the list from the crop of female film directors, as she not only has made a career out of tense action thrillers but is also the first woman to win an Academy Award for directing. But many have observed that there has been a little more room for standout female talent in television. The name Michelle MacLaren, who has directing experience on genre favorites such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and The Leftovers, has been thrown out the most often. I would also toss Moira Walley-Beckett into the ring, a writer and producer for Breaking Bad who just won an Emmy for writing the acclaimed episode "Ozymandias," which has widely been praised as one of the greatest television episodes ever broadcast.