5 Directors That Would be Great for ‘Wonder Woman’

By October 24, 2014
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Warner Bros. has finally gotten over its chronic case of cold feet, and will be creating an entire slew of new films based on the characters of DC Comics. Among the list of announced films which have included the likes of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, two Justice League entries, Aquaman, and Cyborg, WB has also stated its intent to create a solo live-action Wonder Woman film, starring Gal Gadot as the titular Amazon warrior.

This is a great shift for the studio and for the Wonder Woman character, since just as recently as this past April, the studio had expressed a weird concern about how to properly translate the character to the silver screen, even with more bombastic comic book concepts out in the open and raking in millions of dollars at the box office. Now, Collider has reported that WB is actively scouring for directors to take the character on, and more specifically, they’d prefer a female director. It makes sense: the Wonder Woman character is one of the most potent images of feminine power in existence, and a director that could feel that kindred relationship on a more personal level would definitely be a woman, who could also ensure that the film is done with a level of truth toward her iconography.

Still, though, who should they get for the job? Here’s five suggestions for directors that would likely be great fits:

Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor© Monica SimoesTaymor would be a fantastic fit for the character of Wonder Woman for one primary reason: her grasp of mythic storytelling, and her experience of bringing it to life in multiple mediums. The Wonder Woman character herself is one that deals with truly operatic and mythological themes given her status as something of a demigod, and Taymor’s direct experience with theater, opera, and film have created a body of work that could easily grab the epic scope of the character. She’s also already dabbled in superheroes by being the visionary who helped bring Spider-Man to Broadway, and you need to only see the experience that she’s garnered over the last several projects and her natural storytelling inclinations to see what she could bring to the table for a project like Wonder Woman.

Lexi Alexander

While some people might be quick to dismiss Alexander based on her directing 2008’s Punisher: War Zone, people shouldn’t be so quick to overlook her immense talents, which have created stylistically unique and truly beautiful films. Beyond that, Alexander herself is a symbol of power, as she is a former world champion in both karate and point fighting, and even worked as a stuntwoman for a number of years. She’s also the writer, director, and producer of a short film entitled Johnny Flynton that has been nominated for an Oscar, and has gone on record to talk about her desire to create a more open and inclusive environment for women and girls in the film industry (among others). Why not bring aboard someone who clearly has a passion for the symbolism that Wonder Woman could contribute to, who’s also skilled at the necessary work behind the camera? She seems like a great choice to this fan.

Michelle MacLaren

wonderwomandirectors_maclarenAlthough her body of work on feature films has been minimal, MacLaren has made a name for herself by directing episodes of some of the hardest-hitting shows on television, some of which would be direct helps to realizing the cinematic vision of Wonder Woman. The shows she’s contributed to as director include “The Leftovers,” “NCIS,” “The Event,” “The Walking Dead,” “Breaking Bad,” and “Game of Thrones,” among many others. Her experience on more fantastical shows like “The X-Files” and “Kyle XY” could also help in realizing some of the feats that the character would need to pull off in a film, and given her diverse body of work on action, adventure, sci-fi, and drama, its hard not to think of her as a viable option for the Wonder Woman feature film.

Patty Jenkins

Originally slated to be the director of Thor: The Dark World (and rumored to be one of the only reasons Natalie Portman agreed to return for the sequel), Patty Jenkins was unceremoniously taken off of the project for undisclosed reasons, but would be an absolutely fantastic choice to shepherd a Wonder Woman film. While her most famous film to date was the horrifying Monster from 2003, Jenkins has gone on to work on memorable TV and film properties, including “Arrested Development,” “Entourage,” and “The Killing.” Before she was removed from her job leading the Thor sequel, it sounded like both the studio and Portman were genuinely excited about what she would bring to the table, and this could be a clear moment where Marvel’s loss could be DC and WB’s gain: her immense talents and intricate dramatic style could likely be a huge feather in the cap for a Wonder Woman project, and it’s this fan’s hope that she is a serious contender for the job.

Kathryn Bigelow

wonderwomandirectors_bigelowIn a lot of ways, this one is a no-brainer. Bigelow’s Oscar-recognized work on films like The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty have catapulted her to the top of the list of Hollywood directors, which would likely make her an ideal choice to spearhead a project like Wonder Woman. Her hard-hitting action style and ability to embed emotional storytelling between violent moments has earned her recognition the world over, and likely places her at the top of the list of contenders. Whether or not she would be receptive to telling a story in the superhero genre is another matter entirely, but if WB did manage to convince her, then chances are that her mere attachment would elevate the film to a new level of legitimacy in the eyes of the industry, as well as a whole other level of anticipation and awareness even when compared to the other forthcoming entries in the DC Cinematic Universe.

[Editor’s note: Forbes reports that Bigelow, Taymor, Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Mimi Leder (Deep Impact), and Karyn Kusama (Girlfight) are on the studio’s shortlist, while TV helmers Michelle MacLaren and Tricia Brock have been mentioned in relation to a superhero film, which they suspect is Wonder Woman. Hopefully we’ll find out who’s actually directing soon, but it seems that Chris’ choices were on point.]

Who do you think should direct Wonder Woman? Be sure to sound off in the comments below, and keep your eyes on GeekNation for any news on this and other DC Cinematic Universe films!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • David Johnson

    My vote goes to Kathryn Bigelow. Don;t think She’s gotten the recognition She deserves

  • LeeNo

    Bellamy Young would be the best woman. Being that she had the stature and favors Linda Carter. 😉