An ongoing conversation in Hollywood has centered on the lack of women both in front of the camera and behind the scenes in major motion pictures. Patty Jenkins is helming the upcoming Wonder Woman film for DC and is making her mark not only the on comic book genre but on movies as a whole, being the first woman to have directed a live-action movie with a $100 million budget.
While attending the Cannes Film Festival Athena Film Festival artistic director Melissa Silverstein and European Women’s Audiovisual Network head of research and PR Francine Raveney discussed women in Hollywood and referenced Jenkins. They agreed that while the gender imbalance remains, films like Wonder Woman are moving forward to help change that.
“It’s the first movie that a woman has directed — a live-action movie — with a $100 million budget. First,” said Silverstein.
Their advice for movie-goers was to buy tickets for movies that are being helmed by female directors.
Production has wrapped on Wonder Woman and Jenkins took to social media to express how proud she was of this project. She tweeted out her love and thanks to the cast and crew, expressing how excited she is to have the movie hit the big screen.
Wonder Woman will feature one Gal Gadot in the lead role. Making this project the first female lead film for DC.
Gadot first made her debut as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Her performance and character has been a highlight amongst fans.
Wonder Woman stars Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaou, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis. Petty Jenkis will be directing and producers include Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, with Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Rebecca Roven serving as executive producers.
Wonder Woman is set to open June 2, 2017.