A new rumor suggests that Warner Bros. Pictures is eyeing Reed Morano to direct their upcoming Supergirl movie. DC Films chief Walter Hamada has been making all sorts of changes behind the scenes every since taking over the studio's DC movie division late last year, but one thing that he hasn't changed is continuing to develop a flurry of movies, almost all of which are standalone films. One such movie was revealed earlier this month: Supergirl - a solo movie focusing on Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El.
It was reported that The Cloverfield Paradox and 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel was hired to pen the screenplay for DC's Supergirl movie, though it was unclear if that script would be an origin story or perhaps a spinoff of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Since the project is early in development, the studio hasn't hired anyone to direct or star in the movie in the title role as of yet. But in keeping with their apparent goal of hiring female directors to helm female-led superhero movies, WB is very much hoping to hire a female filmmaker for the project - and it looks like they have identified a potential candidate.
GWW reports that WB is eyeing Reed Morano to direct the Supergirl movie, but a meeting hasn't happened yet; therefore, no offer has been made. Morano has been a well-known cinematographer in the industry, but she recently made the jump to directing by helming a few episodes of Showtime's Billions as well as Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, for which she won an Emmy award in 2017. She also directed her second feature film, I Think We're Alone Now, starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning, a science fiction film which releases in theaters this September.
Given her recent track record, it isn't surprising that WB would be looking at someone like Morano to helm Supergirl. However, seeing as no meeting has taken place yet, it's safe to say that the project is still a long way off from happening. If hired, Morano would join Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins and Birds of Prey's Cathy Yan as the DC movie universe's female directors. And putting more female-driven superhero projects into development is something that Marvel Studios is starting to do as well, having hired Anna Boden to co-direct Captain Marvel, with Cate Shortland taking on the Black Widow movie.
While the Supergirl movie continues to gestate behind the scenes, DC Films will push forward with production for Jenkins' Wonder Woman 1984, as well as start prepping for Todd Phillips' Joker, Yan's Birds of Prey, and Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley's The Flash. Of course, those aren't the only projects in the works, but they are the only ones with plans to start filming soon. Who knows, it's possible Supergirl could wind up on that list sooner rather than later.
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019