From Star Trek to Captain Marvel, a super squad of female film-makers are proving action and sci-fi movies arent just for the boys
Move over, Avengers: female directors and screenwriters have been assembling their own super-squad, spreading their powers across major movie franchises as they reshape Hollywoods image of a blockbuster and who can make one.
Captain Marvel, out next year, will be the Marvel franchises first female-led blockbuster by every rubric: Oscar-winner Brie Larson stars, six of the seven screenwriters are women, and co-director Anna Boden is the series first female director to see an entire film through. (Patty Jenkins was hired, then fired, from Thor 2: The Dark World in 2011, before breaking box-office records with last summers Wonder Woman.) In the DC universe, Ava DuVernay is directing the fantastical heaven-versus-hell epic The New Gods, and Cathy Yan is doing the same for Margot Robbies Harley Quinn girl-gang spin-off Birds of Prey, written by Christina Hodson, who is also scripting Batgirl.
Elsewhere in the galaxy, SJ Clarkson is helming the next Star Trek, while here on Earth screenwriters Kira Snyder, Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Amanda Silver have been rejuvenating established properties such as Pacific Rim, Planet of the Apes, Tomb Raider, Jurassic World and Transformers.
Girls and women have always loved comics and fantasy, says writer-director Angela Robinson, whose biopic Professor Marston and the Wonder Women saluted the two female muses who helped create DCs Diana Prince. Theres a land where Wonder Woman would have been a man if not for Elizabeth Marston, explains Robinson. William Moulton Marston wanted to create a superhero and [his wife] Elizabeth Holloway Marston quipped: Fine, but make her a woman. That dare inspired an army of female heroines, who mostly stayed on paper in 2D, or scampered around the margins of major male characters movies.