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The women directors who need to make a superhero movie #WonderWoman


So we were all bowled over by the release of Wonder Woman this weekend, the rip-roaring superhero blockbuster that has finally got the DC Extended Universe on track.

Full credit of course goes to director Patty Jenkins, who marshals a deep love of the title character, nostalgically evoked period settings, terrific performances and striking action to craft a hugely entertaining movie.

Given that Jenkins is (unbelievably) the first woman to ever direct a superhero movie, we got to thinking: who else deserves a shot? We've selected some of our favourites.

Kathryn Bigelow

Directed: Strange Days, The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty

An expert at marshalling tension-fuelled set-pieces and gritty, thoughtful action, Bigelow would be the perfect choice for a DC superhero movie. Just think of the dread-filled 'long walk' sequence from The Hurt Locker or the raid on the compound in Zero Dark Thirty.

For one thing she's sure to marshal large scale effects and action and she also has a reputation of working brilliantly with actors, having directed Jessica Chastain to an Oscar nomination for Zero Dark Thirty.

Ava DuVernay

Directed: Selma

In 2014 she directed the first ever feature film about Martin Luther King, which was greeted with universal acclaim. Even so, that doesn't necessarily make DuVernay the ideal choice for a superhero movie, does it?

Hold your horses, because that movie demonstrated not only how brilliant she is at constructing an engrossing, emotional story. It also showed how terrific she is with her actors, having yielded a powerful performance from David Oyelowo as the famed Civil Rights campaigner.

Plus, next year she's taking her first step into big budget filmmaking with Disney fantasy A Wrinkle In Time. Will that lay the groundwork for an eventual superhero movie? Watch this space.

Sofia Coppola

Directed: Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette

Just as Patty Jenkins is breaking records, posting the largest-ever box office opening for a female director, so too has Coppola made the headlines. Back in May she became the first woman since 1961 to win Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival.

The movie in question was her critically acclaimed drama The Beguiled, an atmospheric and sensual story set during the American Civil War starring the likes of Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.

All well and good – but does that mean she'd be a good fit in the DC superhero realm? It would be interesting to see: she could potentially bring that dreamy, wistful directorial style from the likes of Lost in Translation and turn our expectations of superhero movies on their head.

Angelina Jolie

Directed: In the Land of Blood and Honey, Unbroken

Superstar Angelina has generated headlines for tackling fact-driven, harrowing wartime stories. Even so both of the films she's made have demonstrated the kind of epic sweep and emotion that a good old-fashioned superhero demands.

Unbroken in particular is especially grand in recounting the survival of athlete Louis Zamperini, who survived a Japanese POW camp in World War II to emerge a hero.

Plus, she is of course an actress who has played one of the most famous action icons of all time: Lara Croft. We imagine she would be very sensitive to the needs of a certain comic book character, as well as the actor playing them.

Karyn Kusama

Directed: Girlfight, Jennifer's Body, The Invitation

Now here's a director who has flip-flopped between a host of different genres to intriguing effect. From the gritty, knockout boxing drama of Girlfight to the blackly comic horror of Jennifer's Body to the slow-burning tension of The Invitation, it would appear that Kusama has everything in her arsenal to form a memorable popcorn blockbuster with the best of them.

Plus in 2005 she went full sci-fi on us with the (much maligned) Aeon Flux, a movie that bombarded us with plenty of comic book-style action and fancy costumes. Need we say more about why she's perfect?

Click here to book your tickets for Wonder Woman, out now in Cineworld. Who would you like to see directing a superhero movie? Let us know @Cineworld.