Warner Bros recently announced their list of DC movies they are planning for release between 2016 and 2020. It’s taken a while but finally a female superhero is getting her big screen moment, with Wonder Woman set for release in June 2017, just in time for my *cries* 22nd birthday.
The announcement marks with it the first female led superhero film, and Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious) who will take on the role of the Amazon princess. Wonder Woman will first appear in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, as a way of introducing the superhero before her solo debut.
If a female led superhero film announcement isn’t exciting enough, it’s been reported that WB (Warner Bros) are seeking a female director to bring the movie to screens. Kathryn Bigalow, the first female to win a Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, Mimi Leder director of Deep Impact and even Catherine Hardwicke of Twilight have been thrown in as potential directors for the film. Not only will the film therefore be historic for having the first female superhero in a leading role, it will also be historic for having the second woman to ever direct a superhero film!
So who exactly is Wonder Woman?
The daughter of Hippolyta, She first appeared in 1941. Wonder Woman is an Amazonian princess warrior, whose weapons include the lasso of truth and indestructible bracelets. Raised by women on the island of Themyscira, she fights for love, peace and equality, making her a notable feminist icon in modern culture. She uses the identity of Diana Prince when incognito and away from home. As well as this, Wonder Woman is a founding member of the Justice League of America, alongside Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, The Green Lantern, Superman and Martian Manhunter.
In recent years it is Marvel that have led the way with superhero movies, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The franchise has seen Iron Man, Captain America and Thor have their leading roles, but I’ve generally always been a fan of DC superheroes (if you don’t link in my spider man obsession).
In the last few years Batman, Man of Steel and The Green Lantern have been the DC superheroes to make their mark on the big screen, but it appears that DC are ahead of the game with a female led movie.
All I can say is I’m excited to see who ends up directing the film, and most importantly, how viewers will react to a female led superhero film. One thing for certain is that I already know my plans for June 2017.
How do you feel about a Wonder Woman getting her own film? Are you excited to see her in both Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League as well as her own solo film? Who would you choose to direct the film *male or female*? Leave your comments below.