female superhero movie directors

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: will the existence of Wonder Woman count as a victory for all female filmmakers and fans…or just some of them?)

We’re less than a week away from one of the most important theatrical releases this year, Wonder Woman, and the excitement for it just shows the staggering level of dedication for the decades-old brand and the power of women audiences. But not just women audiences; male viewers who can’t resist watching comic book narratives on the big screen, and powerful, scantily clad women characters they can never get. I guess that’s what studios mean when they say that it’s got something for everyone.

Like most women-led movies, of the superhero persuasion or otherwise, there’s an urgency around the film. Gal Gadot will solidify her status as a bonafide action star after this, and Patty Jenkins has bragging rights for being the first woman director to helm a superhero film since Lexi Alexander directed Punisher: War Zone almost 10 years ago. The rhetoric is if we don’t support this achievement with our dollars, we may never see another women-centric film ever again. Jenkins will be forced to go on a 12-year “hiatus” from the industry, and Gadot may have to find a way to get her character from the Fast and Furious movies resurrected from the dead (which isn’t so unusual for that franchise). Basically, the stakes are high. It is women who’ve been leading this Wonder Woman march, demanding all of our support and activism around it. I, along with many other women from various walks of life, am more than eager to pick up our gear and step in line. Because, as we’ve been told countless times, a win for one woman is a win for all of us. Right?

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Black Cat and Silver Sable

There’s more than enough Spider-Man content to go around in Hollywood – at least that’s the mentality of Sony Pictures, who owns the cinematic rights to many of the characters within Spidey’s universe. The studio has already given a green light to Venom movie starring Tom Hardy, and now they’ve proven they’re serious about bringing another Spider-Man spin-off to the big screen as quickly as possible.

The studio has just hired The Secret Life of Bees, Love and Basketball, and Beyond the Lights director Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct their Black Cat and Silver Sable movie, which now has an official title. Get the latest info below.
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before i fall trailer

In the adaptation of Lauren Oliver‘s best-selling novel, Before I Fall, actress Zoey Deutch will relive the same day over and over again. The Vampire Academy and Everybody Wants Some!! star’s character gets stuck in a time loop, and to get out of it, she’ll probably have to learn a crucial life lesson or two. The first trailer for the high-concept high school drama doesn’t exactly appear to be light on spoilers.

Below, watch the Before I Fall trailer.

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