Warner Bros is reportedly seeking a female director to helm Diana’s solo outing. One name that has already ruled herself out of the running is Lexi Alexander who to date is the only woman to every direct a superhero movie when she took the reins of Punisher: War Zone.
“Imagine the weight on my shoulders,” Alexander told Fast Company. “How many male superhero movies fail? So now, we finally get Wonder Woman with a female director, imagine if it fails. And you have no control over marketing, over budget. So without any control, you carry the f**king weight of gender equality for both characters and women directors. No way.”
“There’s a big…internal conflict I have about [being put on] these lists,” Alexander said, explaining that she’s encouraged by the support of the film community and comic book fans. “There’s the idea, because of Gamergate, that a lot of these millennial men are just messed-up misogynists, but I have had the opposite experience. They always seem equality-minded.”
Alexander has said she heard Warner Bros. had been made an offer to another female director.
“If she says yes, everybody will be very happy, including me,” Alexander said. “Still, I don’t see at this point why anyone would say yes. There is huge pressure … If [a female director] does fail, then all of a sudden it’s ‘all women suck at directing.’”
Alexander said that once a Wonder Woman director – presumably female – is announced, she plans to publish a blog post asking for transparency about the production process. She believes such transparency would make it harder to blame any potential failures on the talent and skill of a female director, by exposing the additional challenges women directors face.
“People need to understand the system,” she said, insisting that it is misleading to isolate the profits of a film as a measure of a director’s success without taking into consideration the investment put into a director’s vision. “We have to demand transparency so we as a public can judge whether she f**cked up or not.”
So who do you think is the female director that has been offered the job of bringing Princess Diana of Themyscira to the screen?
Monster director Patty Jenkins was originally set to direct Thor: The Dark World before departing due to creative differences. Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) is another viable choice. No stranger to action with Point Break also under her belt she would seem to be the most logical choice to mesh spectacle with story.
Would you be happy with either of those options? Or is there someone else you would like to see added to the mix?
Wonder Woman is set to open on June 23, 2017