With production underway in the DCEU, artistic director Melissa Silverstein has suggested that Wonder Woman is the first time that a female director has received a budget of over $100 million for a film. Speaking at the Athena Film Festival, she suggested the film broke the record to an audience of hundreds, receiving a loud cheer from the crowd, in what is a clear step towards fair representation of female filmmakers in 2016 and beyond.
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For those not living under a rock, Wonder Woman will be the first big screen solo film dedicated to Diana Prince, the Amazonian superheroine from DC Comics. Of course, her first appearance on screen was in this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, where actress Gal Gadot gave a strong and acclaimed performance.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman will actually be the second film to have such an honour. The first time this record was achieved was by Kathryn Bigelow, who directed “K-19: The Widowmaker” on a $100 million budget in 2002. However, in an age where women do not gain as much opportunity as men in Hollywood, it should never be forgotten that this is in fact such a rare occurrence, that it is being reported on in 2016.
Wonder Woman is a World War I period piece, set to continue the DC Extended Universe, and will explore the Princess’ origins on Themyscira. It will also pave the way to perhaps more appearances in the upcoming The Flash and Cyclopse, as well as the highly-anticipated Justice League films in 2017 and 2018.
Patty Jenkins has been a film director for over 13 years, and was in charge of 2003’s Monster, which won Charlize Theron an Oscar. Prior to landing this gig, it had been rumoured that she was also in talks to direct Thor 2 a few years ago.
Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017.
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