[UPDATE: 5/26/16, 8:16 AM PT] Melissa Silverstein has corrected her comment made during the Women in Motion panel at Cannes; Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to direct a film with a $100M budget, 2002's "K-19: The Widowmaker." Silverstein notes that Patty Jenkins is "the first woman to direct a summer tent pole superhero movie" and "the first woman to direct a superhero movie with a female protagonist."
In addition to being the first solo female superhero movie to arrive in theaters in a dozen years, "Wonder Woman" will also traverse new territory for female directors. The film will be the first live-action movie with a $100 million budget to be helmed by a female director, in this case Patty Jenkins.
The information was discussed at length during the Cannes Film Festival as part of Variety and Kering's Women in Motion chat. Athena Film Festival's artistic director Melissa Silverstein and European Women's Audiovisual Network head of research and PR Francine Raveney discussed the state of women in film.
"We have our first female superhero movie coming out in 2017, 'Wonder Woman.' I'm excited for that," said Silverstein. " It's the first movie that a woman has directed -- a live-action movie -- with a $100 million budget. First. Its gonna be good." While "Wonder Woman" isn't really the first female superhero movie, it will be the first one since 2005's "Elektra." The larger point still stands: "Wonder Woman" is the first $100 million movie to be directed by a woman.
The pair also commented on the low numbers of female film students that go on to directing studio films, and talked about the need to have women in all departments in a film's production, from composing to the camera department. Silverstein also compared buying tickets to female-directed movies to voting, "It's like voting with your dollars," she said. "If you don't support women, it's going to have an effect on the ability for women to continue to have access to the marketplace."
You can watch highlights from the talk below.
"Wonder Woman" arrives in theaters on June 2, 2017.