|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2017) - Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)|
1. Too Much Pressure
"Imagine the weight on my shoulders. How many male superhero movies fail? So now, we finally get Wonder Woman with a female director, imagine if it fails."
Right now, female directors are considered successful at independent films and documentaries. This is because Hollywood is uncomfortable with the idea of giving women the reigns on a big-budget movie. If Wonder Woman fails it would be seen as confirmation that female directors can't handle the job. At the same time, movies about female superheroes are considered too risky.
2. She Will Represent All Genre Female Directors
"If [the rumored director] says yes, everybody will be very happy, including me. 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.'"
If Wonder Woman fails it will unfairly signal that no woman should ever direct a big-budget action film. It'll also tell the industry that movies about female superheroes suck. Putting the two together is way too risky.
3. No Control
"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."
Very few directors are given full creative control. Unless your name ends with Spielberg, you're going to have to answer to the studio. That can be a good or bad thing. When Alexander was making War Zone she fought script rewrites, lead actor recasting and a huge slashing of of the budget. In the end, she said she made the movie she wanted to make, but if they're not going to give a female director creative control, then what's the point?
4. It Doesn't Matter What Gender Directs Wonder Woman
Does a movie like this require a female director to capture the full vision and perspective of the character? Not necessarily. Men direct movies for women all the time and women direct movies for men. Alexander herself said when she was making the Punisher movie that she necasarily make it as a "female" movie. She described herself to Comic Book Resources as "a woman who makes very male-oriented movies."
So, if it doesn't matter, then why add all the headache of a female director? Let's just keep the pressure of having a female superhero movie without adding the pressure of a female director.
Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot and will be released on June 23, 2017.
What do you think? Would the Wonder Woman movie work better with a female director? Who would you hire for the movie?
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