‘Wonder Woman’ director paving the way for women

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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 1:52 PM
‘Wonder Woman’ director paving the way for women by Dakota Palmer

“Wonder Woman,” became a real life wonder woman when she recently became the highest paid female director in Hollywood. This news came shortly after the announcement that Jenkins would be directing the DC Extended Universe sequel.

Jenkins earned $1 million for the first movie and is reported to be earning $8 million for the sequel. This is a wild step forward for women in the film industry in this country.

According to a study conducted by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, only 9 percent of the top 250 highest grossing films in 2015 had women directors.

Unfortunately, in 2016, that number further decreased to 7 percent. So, while the number of female directors is decreasing, it’s comforting to know that Jenkins is leading the rally and making a name for herself.

“Wonder Woman” earned $409 million domestically and $813 million worldwide, making it the seventh highest grossing movie in 2017 and the first highest grossing Warner Brothers movie this year.

Additionally, it had a 92 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating, which is the highest rated movie in the DC Extended Universe.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” earned Rotten Tomatoes scores of 27 and 25 percent, respectively. Both were directed by men.

“Batman v Superman” director, Zack Snyder, also directed the 2013 movie “Man of Steel.”

This movie has a 55 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but Snyder was offered to direct “BVS” and “Justice League”…even though his DC movies aren’t particularly well-received by audiences.

Yet, Jenkins had to negotiate her contract and salary for the sequel for nearly three months before she and Warner Brothers could agree.

While I’m happy this is a step forward for women, I’m upset it had to take so long.

Jenkins is breaking down barriers for women in film, but it’s going to take some time before we are wholeheartedly accepted in the cinematic world as directors who are fully capable of creating a hit movie.

Warner Brothers made the correct choice in signing on Jenkins to the “Wonder Woman” sequel, and I hope other production companies can follow suit.

If we continue to advocate for ourselves, then we can become the next Patty Jenkins, Sofia Coppola, or Niki Caro, commanding the respect that Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard receive.

Thanks for paving the path, Patty.

Dakota Palmer is the news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at news.spectator@gmail.com.

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