With Batman V Superman’s first trailer allegedly coming soon, it’s also seems that one DC character featured in the film will be finally get her own time in the cinematic spotlight: Wonder Woman.
Warner Bros. recently announced their entire DC Film Universe plans a few weeks back and the rumor mill has been churning ever since. One of the movies officially confirmed on the list was a long awaited Wonder Woman movie. As the search is on for someone to bring Princess Diana Of Themyscira to the big screen, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that WB is leaning towards a female director to bring Wonder Woman to life.
Forbes is reporting the list of female directors to be Catherine Hardwick (Twilight, Lords Of Dogtown), Julie Taymor (Across The Universe, Spider-Man Broadway flop Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), Mimi Leader (Deep Impact, and HBO’s acclaimed series The Leftovers) Emmy winning director Michelle MacLaren (director of several episodes of Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones, and The Walking Dead), Tricia Brock (The Walking Dead, Community), and Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty).
Forbes reports that the most likely candidates are Bigelow, Leder, and Hardwicke, with a “dark horse” contender being MacLaren. Well worth noting is that this would be the first time a female director has ever directed a superhero movie, so it’s definitely a long overdue prospect. Patty Jenkins was due to direct Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, but unfortunately dropped out later on, being replaced by by Game Of Thrones director Alan Taylor.
WB seems to have their hearts in the right place by getting a female director, but let’s hope it amounts to more than just a PR stunt. WB has had more than their share of boneheaded moves and rushed stunt casting in the past (Batman and Robin, Nicolas Cage as Superman, firing future Avengers director Joss Whedon from a past Wonder Woman movie) and it’d be a shame to see it repeated here. Some of the directors mentioned are very talented (MacLaren for example) , but others history show no signs of being capable of directing a film based on the strong female icon.
Whatever it takes to get the Wonder Woman film going , let’s hope the character is brought to life with the respect and integrity she deserves.