I’m not one for superhero movies, or stories, or anything really, but I’m pretty interested in the new Wonder Woman movie, set to release sometime after next year. I’ve also read in several different places that Warner Bros. is planning on hiring a female director which is AWESOME. However, it’s interesting to me that they have to actively announce and search for a woman to take charge of this film. It’s silly that movies ABOUT women are more likely to be directed by men because MOST movies are directed by men. The fact that Warner Bros. is looking for a female director has almost become a political statement rather than trying to find the best person to for the job.
I think it’s important that they’ve made this decision, but it really shows the state of the film industry and how underrepresented women are. It also shows how significant the role of gender identity seems to be. By deciding that a woman would be preferential to a male, the production company is, in a way, saying that there is a clear difference between the two, and in this rare instance, a female’s hand is ideal.
We’re hardly past creating equality in the workplace, or seeing people as human rather than gender. I’m excited to see where this film goes and who ends up directing it, but these are just some thoughts I had.
If you want to know the specifics on this announcement, here’s an article by Forbes.