Warner Bros. has offered Wonder Woman to a female director, Lexi Alexander contends, seemingly confirming an earlier report about the studio’s intentions.
“If she says yes, everybody will be very happy, including me,” the Punisher: War Zone director tells Forbes. “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.’”
Alexander, who routinely speaks out against that kind of thinking in Hollywood, says she has no interest in the Wonder Woman gig, despite being mentioned in several articles as a potential candidate.
“Imagine the weight on my shoulders,” she explains to Fast Company. “How many male superhero movies fail? So now, we finally get Wonder Woman with a female director, imagine if it fails. And you have no control over marketing, over budget. So without any control, you carry the fucking weight of gender equality for both characters and women directors. No way.”
Alexander, the only woman to helm a superhero film from a major studio, tells Forbes that once the (presumably female) director is announced by Warner Bros., she plans to ask for transparency during the production process, as “She believes such transparency would make it harder to blame any potential failures on the talent and skill of a female director, by exposing the additional challenges women directors face.”
“People need to understand the system,” she says. “We have to demand transparency so we as a public can judge whether she fucked up or not.”
Starring Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman is tentatively scheduled for release on June 23, 2017.
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