It would appear that Warner Bros have got their director for the 2017 solo debut of the Amazonian Warrior, but they’re not going to be telling us who it is just yet.
It was thought that Punisher: War Zone helmer, Lexi Alexander, was a front runner for the role of director for the Wonder Woman solo movie, slated for a June 23rd release in 2017.
Following speculation and rumors that the studio were intent on procuring a ‘Female’ Director for the gig, In a recent interview with ‘Fast Company’ it would seem that Lexi Alexander is confirming that a female director is the way the studio executives are at least thinking. It would seem that Lexi Alexander is now distancing herself from consideration for the role that many on social media have suggested she should undertake. Within the interview Lexi is quoted as stating.
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. 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. No way.
It’s that part of the quote which insinuates that a female director has been either approached or is very nearly in place, that means the eyes of the every fanboy and fanfgirl are now keenly on Warner Bros.
Further on in the interview the director adds further fuel to the fire stating that
Alexander said that she has not been approached by the studio, and has discouraged her managers from throwing her hat in the ring. “I can’t say they wouldn’t consider me, but they haven’t reached out.” She said she heard Warner Bros. had been made an offer to another female director.
“If she says yes, everybody will be very happy, including me,” Alexander said. “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.’”
This leaves the question as to who it is that the studio execs at Warner Bros have made the offer to?
What are your thought’s? There are some out there in fandom who believe that Warner have made a decision that places a target on the characters back, by installing a female director. Whereas other’s feel that a female superhero movie will be in better hands if you remove the misogynistic influences that seem to have plagued the character over the last decade or so.
We’ll have to wait for the official announcement till we know but let the speculation commence. Now that Lexi Alexander is out of the race, who do you think has won? sound off in the comments below, or discuss with me on Twitter at @telfirth