Female director afraid to direct Wonder Woman movie

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It was rumored that Warner Bros. was searching for a female director to helm the upcoming Wonder Woman flick in 2017 starring Gal Gadot. Some names that popped up on many lists included Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and Mimi Leder (Deep Impact). However, there is one female director that doesn’t not want any part of it.

In an interview with Fast Company, Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander said that she had no plans to direct the Wonder Woman movie.

“Imagine the weight on my shoulders,” Alexander said. “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.”

In an interview with Forbes, the director elaborated even further while also mentioning Gamergate:

“There’s a big…internal conflict I have about [being put on] these lists,” Alexander said, explaining that the film community and comic book fans are being supportive. “There’s the idea, because of Gamergate, that a lot of these millennial men are just messed-up misogynists, but I have had the opposite experience. They always seem equality-minded.”

She speaks of equality, and implies that Wonder Woman should be a film that should allow both male and female directors a chance to take a crack at it.

“But by doing this it looks like I am actively pursuing this job, and that’s not the case.”

So far Warner Bros. hasn’t made an offer to her yet.

“I can’t say they wouldn’t consider me, but they haven’t reached out.”

She heard that other female directors were offered the role from Warner Bros.

“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.’”

Once Warner Bros. does decide on a director, she is going to do a blog post on it, asking the company to publicly explain the production process. The reason for this is to prevent women from being targeted as an incompetent filmmaker due to challenges that female directors face.

“People need to understand the system,” she said, saying that the movie’s success can’t be blamed on one person. “We have to demand transparency so we as a public can judge whether she f**cked up or not.”

Wonder Woman is scheduled to hit theaters on June 23, 2017.

Source: Fast CompanyForbes

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