Yesterday, we shared the news that Warner Bros. is searching for a female director to tackle its long awaited Wonder Woman movie, which will star Gal Gadot. Many fans have suggested this idea over the years, and they should surely be pleased by the studio moving forward with it. At the time, no specific names were suggested, but now a new reporter reveals the top contenders for the highly coveted gig.
Via Forbes, we have a first shortlist of directors Warner Bros. is interested in hiring for Wonder Woman. The site names fan-favorite choice Kathryn Bigelow as a “top contender,” but it sounds like the Zero Dark Thirty helmer is more of a long-shot, due to her not tackling a fantasy/sci-fi type film for close to 20 years. Other options include Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke, who previously directed The Nativity Story and Red Riding Hood for WB; Deep Impact‘s Mimi Leder, who has DC experience with the Human Target television series; Girlfight‘s Karyn Kusama; and The Tempest‘s Julie Taymor.
Additionally, Forbes claims to have heard buzz surrounding Game of Thrones‘ Michelle MacLauren and Person of Interest‘s Tricia Brock being linked to a superhero film, and there’s a good chance that the movie is Wonder Woman. In summary, the site states that the top contenders for this job are likely Bigelow, Hardwick and Leder, with MacLauren considered a “dark horse” candidate.
As a sidenote, Forbes has also heard that a teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – where Wonder Woman will make her first cinematic appearance – will indeed be coming within the next 7-8 weeks. The teaser is expected to be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but it could be released even sooner. It could premiere as soon as two weeks, when Warner Bros./Paramount co-production Interstellar hits theaters.
Stay tuned for more news as we have it. Wonder Woman is set to hit theaters June 23rd, 2017.