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