“Wonder Woman” could be one of the most anticipated films for next year. Actress Gal Gadot’s take on the iconic heroine has been cited as one of the few good things about “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Will her solo movie also be the most expensive DC film ever produced?
According to Comic Book Resources, it would not be the most expensive DC film ever, but it would be the first woman-directed film to get quite a hefty budget. This info came from Athena Film Festival’s artistic director Melissa Silverstein. “We have our first female superhero movie coming out in 2017, ‘Wonder Woman.’ I’m excited for that,” she told Vanity Fair. “It’s the first movie that a woman has directed — a live-action movie — with a US$100 million (AU$138.5 million) budget. First. It’s gonna be good.”
“Wonder Woman” was directed by Patty Jenkins. The movie will also be the first female superhero movie since 2005’s “Elektra.” It will hit the big screen on June 2, 2017.
Silverstein discussed these details at length as part of Variety and Kering’s “Women in Motion” chat during the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival. She was joined by European Women’s Audiovisual Network head of research, Francine Raveney. Both Silverstein and Raveney urged moviegoers to buy tickets for movies by female directors.
“It’s like voting with your dollars,” Silverstein said. “If you don’t support women, it’s going to have an effect on the ability of women to continue to have access to the marketplace.”
Silverstein later corrected her statement about Jenkins and “Wonder Woman,” though. She is not the first female director to get a US$100 million (AU$138.5 million) budget. Kathryn Bigelow is. She got that budget for 2002’s “K-19: The Widowmaker.” However, Jenkins is still set to be “the first woman to direct a summer tent pole superhero movie.”