Warner Bros. is seeking a female director for "Wonder Woman," The Hollywood Reporter contends, meaning not one but two milestones for the film: It stands to be the first solo feature of the current wave of superhero films to star a woman, and only the second ever to be directed by one.
Lexi Alexander ("Green Street Hooligans") was the first, with the relatively low-budget 2008 reboot "Punisher: War Zone," an experience she talked about earlier this year with SPINOFF ONLINE. Patty Jenkins ("Monster") was poised to be the second, when she was hired in 2011 by Marvel Studios to helm "Thor: The Dark World." However, she left the sequel within two months, citing creative differences, to be replaced by "Game of Thrones" director Alan Taylor.
With its ambitious DC Comics film slate -- at least 10 releases through 2020 -- Warner Bros. seemed to address criticisms about the lack of diversity in superhero adaptations: "Wonder Woman," starring Gal Gadot, who plays a role next year in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"; "The Flash," starring Ezra Miller, who identifies as "queer" (a first for a superhero film); "Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, who's half-Polynesian; and, potentially beating the long-discussed "Black Panther" to the big screen, "Cyborg," starring a surprised Ray Fisher (it would be the first solo superhero movie to star an African-American since "Blade: Trinity" in 2004).
The lack of starring roles for women and minorities of course reaches beyond superhero movies, and so too does the scarcity of projects by female directors, an issue Alexander discussed at length with SPINOFF. Slashfilm suggests five women Warner Bros. should consider for the job, including Alexander.
"Wonder Woman" is tentatively scheduled for release on June 23, 2017.