Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has praised Wonder Woman's overwhelming success. It's no secret that it was a long and arduous journey getting Wonder Woman onto the big screen. Warner Bros. had made several attempts over the years, with one of the most recent being Joss Whedon's abandoned project from the mid-2000s. It wasn't until Patty Jenkins boarded the project two years ago that things finally started to move forward, and the results were beyond what most people had imagined.
Wonder Woman - which sees Gal Gadot reprise her Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice role as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman - is the first DC Extended Universe installment to become critically acclaimed, as well as earning a certified fresh rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. Furthermore, the movie has broken the record for being the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman. If that wasn't enough, it has already overtaken Zack Snyder's Man of Steel at the domestic box office (and is close to overthrowing it at the worldwide box office), and it's poised to become the third highest-grossing DC Comics movie ever, domestically, behind only Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
Feige has noted before that Wonder Woman's success disproves the illusion that general audiences aren't interested in seeing female-led superhero movies - or blockbuster movies in general - and that female directors aren't capable of handling major Hollywood productions. He has since reiterated that notion while promoting the upcoming release of Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming. Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, Feige called Wonder Woman's success "awesome."
“The success of Wonder Woman is awesome, and just puts to rest the fallacy that people don’t want to see female superheroes.”
There's no denying that Wonder Woman has surpassed all expectations and has now proven that there is indeed demand for more female-led superhero films, as well as big budgeted blockbuster movies directed by women. Prior to the DC film hitting theaters, the highest-grossing movies directed by women were along the lines of Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey (disregarding animated movies that were co-directed by men). That's something that DC Entertainment rival, Marvel Studios, has noticed, and that's why they already have their own female-led superhero movie in development: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as the eponymous heroine.
In addition to presumably moving forward with the Wonder Woman sequel, Warner Bros. has already laid the foundation for David Ayer's Gotham City Sirens - featuring Gotham's three most notorious female villains: Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn - as well as Joss Whedon's Batgirl. If everything goes well, then perhaps audiences will see more female-led superhero movies from both DC Entertainment and Marvel Studios.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018