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Warner Bros. Wants Female Director for 'Wonder Woman,' But Who?

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October 24, 2014
Source: THR

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In a report looking at the upcoming onslaught of superhero movies arriving from now through the year 2020, THR noted that Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment are keen to get a female director behind the camera for their big screen take on Wonder Woman. The studio already has Gal Gadot in the lead role, and with the film set for release June 23, 2017, they're on the hunt for a filmmaker to bring the heroine to life. Well, Forbes seems to have a line on the shortlist the studio is looking at, though they caution that other names could easily be in the running. It's a mix of film directors and some TV talent too.

First up, Kathryn Bigelow is unsurprisingly on the shortlist, mostly because she's the foremost female director in Hollywood with the most accolades and recognition from The Academy. However, a director like Bigelow taking on a property like this doesn't seem likely to happen. Bigelow hasn't been one to touch blockbusters like this at this stage in her career. But let's not forget that she's responsible for the revered action thriller Point Break, so maybe she'll get the itch to head back into this fun territory for something huge like Wonder Woman. Either way, there are plenty of other contenders.

Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) is also in the running to direct, and she already has a relationship with Warner Bros. having directed Red Riding Hood and The Nativity Story for them. However, neither of those films really prove that she has what it takes to get behind the camera for Wonder Woman. What would qualify her the most is her work on Twilight, the launch of a franchise with a rabid fanbase. Those kind of films are never easy to do, and while Hardwicke didn't necessarily deliver a masterpiece, she seemed successful in giving fans what they wanted and starting off the vampire series on the right foot for them.

Wonder Woman

Other big screen names include Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, The Peacemaker), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight) and Julie Taymor (Across the Universe). Leder has experience with a big budget and sci-fi, Kusama comes with conservative filmmaking skills from the indie world but also genre experience with Aeon Flux and Jennifer's Body. As for Taymor, she's seems out of left field, though she has handle mythical stories with The Tempest and Titus previously. But don't forget that she was also behind the disastrous Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and that didn't turn out well at all.

But there's also some names that seem like the kind of talent Marvel would get behind the camera as TV directors like Michelle MacLaren and Tricia Brock are also being considered. MacLaren has plenty of genre experience with series that have large fanbases like "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones." Meanwhile, Brock also has worked on the aforementioned AMC zombie series along with the underrated CBS series "Person of Interest." They would be hires akin to Marvel's decision to have Anthony & Joe Russo take on Captain America: The Winter Soldier with no feature film experience.

That's all the names who are reportedly on the shortlist, but again, there could be other contenders that end up in the running. Frankly, we're surprised Angelina Jolie isn't in the running, but she's probably busy with By the Sea that has her directing Brad Pitt and then an elephant poaching drama called Africa after that. There's also Patty Jenkins who almost directed Thor: The Dark World before the job was handed off to Alan Taylor instead. Either way, this just goes to show you that there are too few esteemed and well-known female directors working today, and that still needs to change drastically. Thoughts?

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  • Chris Groves
    This one is going to be tricky. You know Zack Snyder is going to give Wonder Woman some awesome fight scenes in BvS. Then she's being turned over into her own solo film. If you get a director that has little to know experience directing action/blockbusters of any kind....then her solo effort might be underwhelming. And They're already going to be dealing with a skeptical environment, because Catwoman and Elektra certainly didn't give people a lot of hope regarding the prospects of a female-lead superhero film.
  • NathanDewey
    Lana Wachowski.
    • OfficialJab
      [snarky response]
    • Mike
      but seriously, I would love to see the Wachowski's direct this
    • ColtNoir
      you, my friend, are a genius
  • OfficialJab
    Mary Harron
    • Reznik
      I like to dissect girls. Did you know I'm utterly insane?
      • Rock n Rollllll
        Do you know what Ed Gein said?
  • Alex Williams
    KATHRYN BIGGELLOOOOOOWWWWW
    • Rock n Rollllll
      Great choice.
    • DAVIDPD
      YES.
  • DavideCoppola
    I really like Karyn Kusama. I think she has a great visual style. Plus she proved to be more than able to tell stories about female heroines before. So it would be a good choice.
  • Daniel Sanchez
    Jane Espenson
  • blargh
    Choosing a female director for the sake of having a female director does not fill me with hope for this film.
  • Charles Oosterhouse
    This is ridiculous lol. Searching for a female director just to have a female director is just as sexist as saying females can't direct films.
  • Guest
    gal gadot?.....it's supposed to be "wonder woman".....NOT "Israeli woman". and now they need the director to be a woman??? of course, that's not sexist....... double face-palm.
    • OfficialJab
      Is 'Wonder' a nationality?
    • Travis
      More important to get a female writer(s) for the script, in order to portray a female character as a real woman and not a pin-up
  • Richard Smith
    Jodie Foster? Catherine Hardwicke? Kathryn Bigelo
  • Zed68
    I hope they'll take a martian director if they make a Martian Manhunter movie.
  • DAVIDPD
    Bigelow is the only choice I will like. She is so incredible.
  • Andrew Chibi
    I had little or no great expectations for this film anyway. Now that I know their decisions aren't based on talent or ideals but physical attributes, I have even less.
  • ColtNoir
    My first choice would be hiring someone who's an absolute comic nerd and knows what the characters deserve...not a female JUST because she's a female. DC is really, really trying their hardest to fail.
  • jonnyb61
    isn't bigelow like the only good female director...besides penny marshall
  • Stop to think
    So they don't care about any qualifications aside from possessing a vagina. Rather patronizing isn't it?

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