Wonder Woman won’t hit theaters until next year, but there’s already a lot of hype surrounding the feminist film that will star Gal Gadot as the fearless Amazon princess. No doubt about it, Wonder Woman will be all about girl power and she already used her lasso of truth to help crack a bit of Hollywood’s glass ceiling. Well, maybe Wonder Woman herself didn’t, but director Patty Jenkins did. The future DC Universe movie has joined an elite club of only a few female-directed films with a $100 million budget or more. Jenkins is the latest member of a crew that includes Kathryn Bigelow (K-19: The Widowmaker) and Lana Wachowski (Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending).
Simply put, not only is there a shortage of female directors in Hollywood, but at the big budget level, it’s a proverbial sausage fest. Jenkins is known for the extremely dark 2003 biopic, Monster, which starred Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who became one of the most notorious female serial killers in America. It’s been said that Wonder Woman will have dark vibes as well, but we’re guessing nothing on the level of Monster.
Monster, for which Theron won an Oscar for Best Actress, had an extremely tiny budget of $8 million. We’re sure the craft services budget alone on Wonder Woman is around that figure. Let’s hope that Patty Jenkins opens the floodgates for other female directors to show Hollywood that women can direct big budget blockbusters too.