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Studio Seeks Female Directors For Wonder Woman

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Warner Bros reportedly wants a woman to helm Wonder Woman's first feature film

It's been almost two weeks since Warner Bros announced that Wonder Woman - the soon-to-be Dawn of Justice version, specifically - is finally getting her own movie. More recently, we learned what her new origin may be.

We still don't know who is going to direct the feature, though. But according to recent reports the list of candidates can be narrowed somewhat dramatically: Warner Bros wants a female director.

The roster of names being "looked at" by the studio is a who's-who of noteworthy modern women directors: Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty,) Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood) and Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body,Aeon Flux) WB is also supposedly looking at Mimi Leder, TV directors Michelle McLaren and Tricia Block and Broadway-to-Hollywood transplant Julie Taymor.

It is still unclear what the film's story will be, or who will write it. Gal Gadot is playing the title character, who will have previously appeared in Batman V Superman and Justice League before her solo feature hits.

Source: Forbes

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Sexist hiring practices will fix the problems with sexism in the industry, right... Right?...

I'm still not cool with hiring people because of gender. But I guess all the roles in films and the entertainment industry in general are cast that way so it doesn't make any difference for the staff too. But it still sounds discriminatory when we're talking about a support role. Remember when equality was the ideal rather than preferential treatment?

I almost get the feeling WB are INTENTIONALLY trying to fuck-over any chances this movie has of being good.

A minuscule proportion of directors are female. What is to be gained by severely cutting-down the available pool of directing talent/experience/etc by so much?

Step aboard the DCCU! There are no brakes and no seatbelts! Sign on the dotted line and good luck because we're about to ride this until it busts!

"Well done, you got the job, not because you were the best candidate, because you were the best woman".

Great. That's really helpful.

Why do I think of Bayonetta when I read this? Hiring a female director in a desperate attempt to re-brand sexism as 'ironic' or 'empowering' sexualization is just that; desperate

No, its okay girls, Wonder Woman is breathtaking beautiful with flawlessly smooth skin and hair ALL THE TIME and wears a short skirt with a thong, but its all okay because a woman was hired to direct! See, its not sexist, its empowering!

Chaptcha: Uncle Leo?

....maybe?

And once DC screws this movie up, Marvel will swoop in with a Black Widow film (pitting Natasha against Yelena Belova), and it will be amazing. It likely won't lead to a sustainable franchise, but it'll be the better film.

Dont know what they think a female director will add. Wouldnt a female script writer be better? Personally i dont give a shit about the director, just get someone who is the best fit for the job instead of gaining PC points. Looking at directors the guy that did Salt was good and Angelina Jolie was awesome in it.

Aaron Sylvester:
I almost get the feeling WB are INTENTIONALLY trying to fuck-over any chances this movie has of being good.

An minuscule proportion of directors are female. What is to be gained by severely cutting-down the available pool of directing talent/experience/etc by so much?

Maybe sending a message that the film industry needs to diversify itself? At the very least it's a bold move in an industry that severely needs to branch out

Yeah, not thrilled by this. I don't think that a man should definitely helm it, just that specifically targeting women may overlook someone who is more inclined to give this the respect it deserves.

Gender politics aside, I haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty of Hurt Locker - could someone who has please comment on whether Kathryn Bigelow would be a good choice here?

Nghtgnt:
Gender politics aside, I haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty of Hurt Locker - could someone who has please comment on whether Kathryn Bigelow would be a good choice here?

Sure. She's a very solid director. Not sure if it's something she'd even be interested in though.

I've learned to stop making assumptions after The Winter Soldier blew me away... directed by the talent behind You, Me, and Dupree.

Find the right people for the job, regardless of gender.

From those options, I'd pick Hardwicke. For Twilight to succeed as an adaptation, it needed to fail as a stand-alone work, so I don't blame that on the director. I liked Red Riding Hood, and Wonder Woman needs to be campy to be fun, so put this one in Hardwicke's hands.

Nghtgnt:
Gender politics aside, I haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty of Hurt Locker - could someone who has please comment on whether Kathryn Bigelow would be a good choice here?

I know she was married to James Cameron at one point, so she has my sympathies. She's supposed to be an extremely accomplished film maker, and both of those films were nominated for academy awards. There was some controversy with her last film though, since she seemed to justify torture as a legitimate way to gather information, and claimed that water boarding helped lead to the capture of Ben laden. Both are untrue, of course. Politics aside, she seems quite talented. I don't think she would want to do a super hero movie, though. She seems to be a high brow film maker. If she did do it, I suppose she could do for Wonder Woman what Nolan did for batman.

Well that would be a nice sentiment and all but couldn't you just find the best director you can? sure, be cool if it was a female but just go with a good director please.

As someone who finds the marvel universe rather boring I'd like to be able to enjoy one of the big cinematic universes in superheros.

Hiring a woman to direct seems pretty much the most right, most character savvy thing that the DCCU has done. Wonder Woman was created to be an inspirational figure for girls in the way Superman was for boys. The fact is, while we all like to think of Hollywood as a bastion of leftist hippy liberalism, that's mostly in front of the camera not behind it. The business side is a giant sausage-fest boys club, like most other businesses. Very few women ever get the opportunity to direct films for the major studios and the only way to change that is to give them more of a chance. Only one woman has ever won a director Academy Award, in 2009 after 80 years! Frankly, it's nice to see Warner Bros. do right by Wonder Woman on this instead of handing another major film to another dude.

All those crying "sexism" can go watch Green Lantern, Catwoman and Batman and Robin and see what destruction and misery the "best man for the job" has wrought in the director's chair!

I understand the reasoning, trying to find a director who is a woman so that they don't end up with a movie that will be shown to masses of little boys and girls that stars the hero in borderline pornographic moments. That being said, there are directors who can do the character justice without succumbing to such common antics of needless sexualizing when they're a woman. Its just unfortunate that one of the best in doing so is currently writing and directing the film series directly competing with Warner Bros. Hardwicke sounds good for the role, but the studio wants it to end up being a grimdark movie like Man Of Steel - fingers crossed. While she has been extremely solid, I don't know how Bigelow would handle a superhero flick, but since her two films were pretty damn dark, the its not a surprise that she's in the running.

You'd think they'd want a big fan of the source material to ensure the best outcome.

But who am I kidding, hollywood doesn't care about director passion, that's why they hired Bay to direct so many movies despite hating the subject.

The costume is too grimdark and makes her look like Xena anyway.

Kathryn Bigelow would be great. Julie Taymor would be... interesting. (I quite enjoyed Titus, but her association with the Spider-Man musical would draw eyebrows, perhaps with reason.)

As for the others...? That's not a promising list of résumés. I think they'd be better served by a solid female screenwriter (or, this being a wannabe-blockbuster and Hollywood and all, perhaps inevitably a number of female screenwriters) and a director who's solid on the ins and outs of action direction than insisting on a female director.

That is, of course, assuming that they're actually looking for a strong female voice and not merely performing a shallow, editorial-pleasing PR maneuver.

I wonder if there are good female action movie directors, if there aren't then its better to hire a male one rather than have the movie bomb.

SonOfVoorhees:
Dont know what they think a female director will add. Wouldnt a female script writer be better? Personally i dont give a shit about the director, just get someone who is the best fit for the job instead of gaining PC points. Looking at directors the guy that did Salt was good and Angelina Jolie was awesome in it.

The person portraying Salt also had more acting chops than "token female in male power fantasy franchise with cars."

OT: This project will fail solely if Warner/DC sticks to its guns and makes this, like all projects in a post-Nolan Batman world, grimdark/super-serious/"grounded in reality"/no laughs. Not because of what's between the director's legs and the only lesson Hollywood will learn from it is that female superheroes just can't hold their own solo movies... Bunch of idiots.

Aiddon:

Aaron Sylvester:
I almost get the feeling WB are INTENTIONALLY trying to fuck-over any chances this movie has of being good.

An minuscule proportion of directors are female. What is to be gained by severely cutting-down the available pool of directing talent/experience/etc by so much?

Maybe sending a message that the film industry needs to diversify itself? At the very least it's a bold move in an industry that severely needs to branch out

Diversification should NEVER be forced like this because it only sends a wrong message. Gender should NEVER take priority over talent, capability, vision and experience.

marscentral:
Hiring a woman to direct seems pretty much the most right, most character savvy thing that the DCCU has done. Wonder Woman was created to be an inspirational figure for girls in the way Superman was for boys. The fact is, while we all like to think of Hollywood as a bastion of leftist hippy liberalism, that's mostly in front of the camera not behind it. The business side is a giant sausage-fest boys club, like most other businesses. Very few women ever get the opportunity to direct films for the major studios and the only way to change that is to give them more of a chance. Only one woman has ever won a director Academy Award, in 2009 after 80 years! Frankly, it's nice to see Warner Bros. do right by Wonder Woman on this instead of handing another major film to another dude.

All those crying "sexism" can go watch Green Lantern, Catwoman and Batman and Robin and see what destruction and misery the "best man for the job" has wrought in the director's chair!

How about keeping their options open and seeing which director is the most eager/keen, with some decent experience, good history, powerful vision, inspiration, etc to direct this kind of movie? Why even bring gender into it?

Movies range from good to bad, directors also range from good to bad. What do those things have ANYTHING to do with the goddamn genders involved? Why even make that a thing, why even bring it up?

Seems incredibly stupid.

[facepalm]
You know, if studio just came and said that this and this director was chosen for XYZ it would be ok.
But specifically saying that they want a female director...
This is exactly how NOT do this.

Aaron Sylvester:

Aiddon:

Aaron Sylvester:
I almost get the feeling WB are INTENTIONALLY trying to fuck-over any chances this movie has of being good.

An minuscule proportion of directors are female. What is to be gained by severely cutting-down the available pool of directing talent/experience/etc by so much?

Maybe sending a message that the film industry needs to diversify itself? At the very least it's a bold move in an industry that severely needs to branch out

Diversification should NEVER be forced like this because it only sends a wrong message. Gender should NEVER take priority over talent, capability, vision and experience.

SILENCE!
How dare you imply that merit is more important than genitals!

Male or female. It doesn't matter in this case. The movie will suck either way.

Wow, way to shoot yourself in the foot by limiting the staff you can take on. The really stupid part is there really don't seem to be that much of a correlation between what gender you are and how you treat your characters of a particular gender. As weird as it may seem, it's actually pretty common for people to be sexist against their own gender, or combat sexism against the opposite gender. Hell, a lot of prominent feminists are men, and a lot of prominent MRM members are women. The more you look at it, the more you realize those external things really don't matter or affect much when it comes to ability or outlook.

To me, the whole thing screams of potentially-potential-limiting symbolism. Like they're trying to make it "for women, by women" which i can sortof see the idea behind, but i still think blatantly prioritizing sexist symbolism over ability is a recipe for total disaster.

You know something?

As much as this is using someone's gender when judging their appropriateness for a role, and as much as this does greatly limit their selection; I can't help but think that when dealing with a major female character, a female being in charge isn't a bad idea. Wasn't this a criticism of the Jen movie adaptation (a series that was created by a woman, yet had three guys working on the movie)? If someone was making a movie about black people, or Jewish people, wouldn't they prefer to have a black or Jewish director respectively to make sure there weren't any major missteps or criticisms?

Now that I think about it, maybe this move is to protect the movie about criticism over depiction of females, since such criticism has been gaining a lot of attention in the last while, and it's hard to avoid with a Wonder Woman movie from the outset.

Sofox:
You know something?

As much as this is using someone's gender when judging their appropriateness for a role, and as much as this does greatly limit their selection; I can't help but think that when dealing with a major female character, a female being in charge isn't a bad idea. Wasn't this a criticism of the Jen movie adaptation (a series that was created by a woman, yet had three guys working on the movie)? If someone was making a movie about black people, or Jewish people, wouldn't they prefer to have a black or Jewish director respectively to make sure there weren't any major missteps or criticisms?

Now that I think about it, maybe this move is to protect the movie about criticism over depiction of females, since such criticism has been gaining a lot of attention in the last while, and it's hard to avoid with a Wonder Woman movie from the outset.

That's a frighteningly astute prediction i think. I think we're not quite at the point as a society where we can call people racist/sexist if they're of the same race/sex their being racist/sexist against. That kind of defense would probably be really effective...

Fox12:
I suppose she could do for Wonder Woman what Nolan did for batman.

Why the fuck would any Wonder Woman fans want that?

I'm not sure if this counts as truly sexist since they aren't advertising the job with a 'No Cock's' clause but are rather assembling a list of the well known women directors and are approaching them directly, but it is narrow and bound to fuck up. Don't forget two of the character's most celebrated writers were George Perez and Greg Rucka.

I understand the symbolic nature of the gesture, but I suspect it's going to come around stick a pick-axe in their arse.

Gordon_4:

Fox12:
I suppose she could do for Wonder Woman what Nolan did for batman.

Why the fuck would any Wonder Woman fans want that?

I'm not sure if this counts as truly sexist since they aren't advertising the job with a 'No Cock's' clause but are rather assembling a list of the well known women directors and are approaching them directly, but it is narrow and bound to fuck up. Don't forget two of the character's most celebrated writers were George Perez and Greg Rucka.

I understand the symbolic nature of the gesture, but I suspect it's going to come around stick a pick-axe in their arse.

I'm not particularly fond of her either. I don't care to see the see the scene where Wonder Woman tortures someone for information, then goes all "'merica, fuck yeah" on us. That said, she's clearly the most qualified individual on that very short list. Either way, I probably won't watch it.

Good. I might worry a bit about unrealistic expectations of whoever they pick as a result, but even if it were my place to worry about that, I wouldn't ponder it too much.

...it probably says something about how monumentally DC has been screwing things up recently that I'm kind of suspicious why they're doing this, but it doesn't matter either way. If they're genuinely trying to get some female director a leg up in an industry where they're the minority, for a movie where it makes total and perfect sense to do that, good on them. If they have some more cynical motive...well, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Fox12:

Gordon_4:

Fox12:
I suppose she could do for Wonder Woman what Nolan did for batman.

Why the fuck would any Wonder Woman fans want that?

I'm not sure if this counts as truly sexist since they aren't advertising the job with a 'No Cock's' clause but are rather assembling a list of the well known women directors and are approaching them directly, but it is narrow and bound to fuck up. Don't forget two of the character's most celebrated writers were George Perez and Greg Rucka.

I understand the symbolic nature of the gesture, but I suspect it's going to come around stick a pick-axe in their arse.

I'm not particularly fond of her either. I don't care to see the see the scene where Wonder Woman tortures someone for information, then goes all "'merica, fuck yeah" on us. That said, she's clearly the most qualified individual on that very short list. Either way, I probably won't watch it.

I like Kathryn Bigelow well enough; she also directed Point Break which is as different to her more recent output as night is to day. I just don't see the appeal of dark knighting Wonder Woman. What's especially odd is that scene you mentioned, actually happened in that fucking disastrous (but thankfully cancelled) pilot episode of what was to be her TV show. Seriously, look it up on YouTube or watch the review with Linkara, Film Brain and Nash. Just skip ahead if you don't like their hammy acting to the start of the commentary.

http://blip.tv/radio-dead-air/wonder-woman-2011-a-review-5888251

Nurb:
You'd think they'd want a big fan of the source material to ensure the best outcome.

Hear that? That's every fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender giving a short, hollow laugh and restoking the perpetual fires under their M. Night Shyamalan effigies.

A director being a fan of the source material is no guarantee for something even watchable. And for Wonder Woman specifically, I doubt I'd trust anyone short of Gail Simone herself on "fan potential" alone.

NeutralDrow:

Nurb:
You'd think they'd want a big fan of the source material to ensure the best outcome.

Hear that? That's every fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender giving a short, hollow laugh and restoking the perpetual fires under their M. Night Shyamalan effigies.

A director being a fan of the source material is no guarantee for something even watchable. And for Wonder Woman specifically, I doubt I'd trust anyone short of Gail Simone herself on "fan potential" alone.

To be fair Shitmalan calling himself a "fan" of the show was purely his own claim and not even REMOTELY close to believable.

Actually I'm having trouble trying to think what was more insulting, the movie itself or the director calling himself a fan...urgh why did you even bring that up, now I'm all angry -_-

Gordon_4:

Fox12:

Gordon_4:

Why the fuck would any Wonder Woman fans want that?

I'm not sure if this counts as truly sexist since they aren't advertising the job with a 'No Cock's' clause but are rather assembling a list of the well known women directors and are approaching them directly, but it is narrow and bound to fuck up. Don't forget two of the character's most celebrated writers were George Perez and Greg Rucka.

I understand the symbolic nature of the gesture, but I suspect it's going to come around stick a pick-axe in their arse.

I'm not particularly fond of her either. I don't care to see the see the scene where Wonder Woman tortures someone for information, then goes all "'merica, fuck yeah" on us. That said, she's clearly the most qualified individual on that very short list. Either way, I probably won't watch it.

I like Kathryn Bigelow well enough; she also directed Point Break which is as different to her more recent output as night is to day. I just don't see the appeal of dark knighting Wonder Woman. What's especially odd is that scene you mentioned, actually happened in that fucking disastrous (but thankfully cancelled) pilot episode of what was to be her TV show. Seriously, look it up on YouTube or watch the review with Linkara, Film Brain and Nash. Just skip ahead if you don't like their hammy acting to the start of the commentary.

http://blip.tv/radio-dead-air/wonder-woman-2011-a-review-5888251

Oh, wow... this was much worse than I could have imagined, even in a parody. Very disappointing.

I was surprised to see Jesuotaku in that video. I haven't seen her in ears, it's nice to see she's moved on to bigger and better things.

Nghtgnt:
Gender politics aside, I haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty of Hurt Locker - could someone who has please comment on whether Kathryn Bigelow would be a good choice here?

I thought ZDT was pretty good. Very grim though, and not in the way that there's really much buildup to an exciting conclusion either, just pretty grim all around, and like, really grim, not like dark knight grim, way more grim, and that works for ZDT, but that's just me, but i'm not sure how well it would work for a superhero movie. I mean a lot of superhero movies are grim and gritty, but there's some comic relief somewhere, i don't remember any in ZDT. She could be a good choice, but personally i don't think wonderwoman being THAT grim would be a great thing, but that's just me.

I've never seen the hurt locker, so i can't say. But it also sounded super grim.

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