Warner Bros. Seeking a Female Director to Helm 2017's 'Wonder Woman'

Friday, 24 October 2014 08:48 Written by  iamrogue
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Warner Bros. Seeking a Female Director to Helm 2017's 'Wonder Woman'

When Warner Bros. backed up a dumptruck of DC movie plans onto the internet's front lawn last week, the studio announced a Wonder Woman solo movie for release between Suicide Squad and Justice League: Part One.

Yes, if all goes according to the studio's plan, the first ever live-action Wonder Woman movie will hit theaters on June 23, 2017.

Gal Gadot is already set to star as the Amazonian ass-kicker, but Wonder Woman is in need of a director, and Warner Bros. is looking to enlist a women to direct the biggest superheroine around.

Comic book blockbusters starring female heroes have been in notoriously short supply.  Actually, there have been virtually none since Catwoman whiffed big time a decade ago.  Similarly, there aren't many female directors playing in the big budget studio sandbox.  Of the fourteen completed and upcoming Marvel Studios movies, for example, not a single one has been directed by a woman, though Patty Jenkins was briefly set to direct Thor: The Dark World.

Diana of Themyscira is making her cinematic debut in a male-led super-movie directed by a man, Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, hitting theaters on March 25, 2016.

Warner Bros. is eager to find a lady director to oversee Wonder Woman, however, and according to Forbes, the studio's shortlist includes Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, inaugural Twilight helmer Catherine Hardwicke, film-to-TV director Mimi Leder, musical specialist Julie Taymor, and Karyn Kusama, who went from Girlfight to Aeon Flux to Jennifer's Body.

Bigelow, who most recently directed awards season favorites Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, almost certainly isn't interested in Wonder Woman.  She started out with genre fare like Near Dark and Point Break, but she's currently the biggest female director in the business, and her potential projects are all hard-hitting, intense dramas based on true stories.

Hardwicke, an accomplished production designer, got hosed by Summit after launching the Twilight franchise, and went on to direct Red Riding Hood.  Leder, meanwhile, was a go-to action director in the late-nineties, delivering Deep Impact and The Peacekeeper before segueing into TV, where she most recently directed and produced on HBO's The Leftovers.  And there's Taymor, the Across the Universe and The Tempest helmer who recently had a lot of trouble bringing Spider-Man to Broadway.

That's not all, either, as the studio's shortlist is also said to include television heavy hitters Tricia Brock and Michelle MacLaren.  Brock has directed episodes of The Walking Dead, Suburgatory, and Person of Interest.  MacLaren, who we're guessing is the most likely candidate to direct Wonder Woman, was indispensable as a producer and director on Breaking Bad before taking her talents to Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and The Leftovers.

Which of these ladies will be the first woman to direct a comic book movie since Lexi Alexander handled the little-noticed Punisher: War Zone?

Stay tuned to find out.  Right now, our money is on MacLaren, but a lot can and almost certainly will change between now and the announcement of a Wonder Woman director.

As for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a teaser trailer is on the way in the next seven to eight weeks, probably attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, according to Forbes.  That's a really, really long lead-up to the March 2016 release date, but since it's a movie pitting Batman against Superman, it's probably worth WB's time building long term hype.

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