There has been much made about the lack of female-led superhero movies in the past couple of months, with DC Comics taking a giant leap forward by announcing a standalone Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot. A new report indicates that Warner Bros. is set on hiring a female director to take on the project. But who will it be?
Zack Snyder will have the first crack at shaping and defining this big screen incarnation of Wonder Woman, a character that will debut in his upcoming superhero ensemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Its believed that the character will be loosely based on the New 52 version, with the Amazonian princess a goddess fathered by demigod Zeus. While Justice League Part 1 is also being released in 2017, its unclear which project will hit screens first that year.
Its no secret that female directors are in short supply. Kathryn Bigelow seems like an obvious first choice, having directed the intense Oscar-winning drama The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, as well as the action classic Point Break. Though, having beat James Cameron out at the Academy Awards the year Avatar broke box office records may put her out of Warner Bros. and DC's price range. And the project may be seen as too low brow for the acclaimed filmmaker at this time in her career.
Lexi Alexander is also a great candidate, having one superhero movie under her belt already with Punisher: War Zone. Though that Marvel adaptation is hated by as many who love it, the film was considered a flop and may have hurt her chances here. The notoriously outspoken director is also behind the cult thriller Green Street Hooligans. She has proven that she can definitely handle herself in a market dominated by men, but was denied a meeting to direct ExpendaBelles, an all-female spin-off of The Expendables.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson is another name that is in the mix, though she has worked primarily in animation, directing Kung Fu Panda 2 and contributing to the Spawn HBO animates series. There is also Patty Jenkins, who famously stepped down from directing Thor: The Dark World after differences arose between the studio and the director. She is also known for Monster, which garnered a Best Actress Oscar for Charlize Theron.
There are also a couple of actresses turned director who could take the helm, including Angelina Jolie, who is set to make her third feature By the Sea soon, starring alongside husband Brad Pitt. And Elizabeth Banks, who makes her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2 next year. She is no stranger to genre fare, having starred in all four The Hunger Games films as Effie Trinket.
It should be noted that Lexi Alexander is most likely out of the running, though. She did tweet out that she knows who may have been offered the project. Plus add to that the fact that she doesn't really seem to want the job:
I kind of heard who's getting the WW gig and if it's true...it's a great choice.— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) October 24, 2014
I hope my resistance to directing WW does not come off as ungrateful. It has nothing to do with the property, only my own fear of failure.— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) October 24, 2014
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