With the recent news about a Wonder Woman movie being released in 2017 after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice I thought why not create a fan casting that includes a director? There are already rumors about Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) as a director for Wonder Woman. With that said, I want you to sit back, relax and enjoy the article!
DIRECTOR: DOUG LIMAN (Edge of Tomorrow)
To answer my own question from my article title - Yes and no. Having a female director would look great on paper for DC because it would get a lot of coverage from the media and all that nonsense. In reality, it's a very lazy move IF DC goes that route and it shows their lack of originality. My word of advice for both companies (DC and Marvel) don't fall for peer pressure! Just because we have a female superhero movie doesn't necessarily mean we need a female director. You want to pick the best director for the job, no matter who they are, but remember this is a business not a popularity contest. I would be more excited to see a female director behind a Green Lantern (or any male superhero) film.
The reasons I went with Doug Liman as a director is because he showed that he can handle female action heroes very well without using the common female "badass" tropes you see on television, movies and video games.
If you guys haven't watched Edge of Tomorrow then you're missing out on a great movie! There were plenty of times where actress Emily Blunt stole the show with her awesome action scenes to pretty much owning Tom Cruise both mentally and physically every chance she could get on the screen. The next reason why Liman would make a great director for a Wonder Woman movie are his abilities to capture beautiful shots. There are some serious visually breathtaking moments in Edge of Tomorrow, especially the scene when the soldiers are landing on the beach. Plus, the man can set a dark tone when it's necessary which is right up DC's alley.
I don't want to spoil the movie for any of you so definitely rent the Edge of Tomorrow come back and read this part of the article again. Now, let's tackle the reason why I wouldn't pick Kathryn Bigelow as a director. I'm a big fan of her movies, but there's something I've noticed about Bigelow in the way she directs... She can't direct an original story very well. The majority of her big hit movies are based on true events. A lot of her past films are not that memorable and I'm not sure if she has ever taken on a blockbuster film yet? In my opinion, I feel like her style of filming fits very well within modern-day events, politics, biopics and war. Like the old saying goes - "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
When it comes to other female directors many of them that are not suited that well for a film like this. The only director I can really think of that DC should really use would be Lexi Alexander from Punisher: War Zone. I really enjoyed Lexi's take on the Punisher her style is really over-the-top and fun which would fit perfectly for a Suicide Squad or Doom Patrol movie!
I feel like people forget about the tremendous talent within the writing community coming from women. Women have dominated in the writing community from novels, poetry, comic books, movies, television and stage plays. I agree there are not a lot of female directors, but lets not forget how important it is to be a writer! You're the person that truly creates the story and I've always felt that writers in general should get more attention in the movie business (or the exact same as big directors). I would be ecstatic to see a female screenwriter for Wonder Woman.
If DC ever decided to seek out women to write a Wonder Woman script I would want these five women to be on the list of potential writers:
1. Philippa Boyens & Fran Walsh (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy & The Hobbit Trilogy)
2. Lana Wachowski (The Matrix & V for Vendetta)
3. Brenda Chapman (Brave & Up)
4. Linda Woolverton (The Lion King & Maleficent)