Why this female director doesn't want to make Wonder Woman

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Nov 11, 2014, 5:46 PM EST

Think every woman out there who's ever directed a film wants a shot at Wonder Woman? Guess again.

With Warner Bros. Pictures reportedly seeking a female director to helm Diana's first solo movie -- set for release in 2017 -- at least one such filmmaker says she's not interested.

That woman is Lexi Alexander, the German-born director who actually has one comic book already to her credit with Punisher: War Zone. Speaking with Fast Company, Alexander explained why she might not want to go for the job:

"Imagine the weight on my shoulders. How many male superhero movies fail? So now, we finally get Wonder Woman with a female director, imagine if it fails. And you have no control over marketing, over budget. So without any control, you carry the f**king weight of gender equality for both characters and women directors. No way."

Although she doesn't want to be in charge of a would-be blockbuster like Wonder Woman, Alexander is quick to add that there's no real reason why women can't make them:

“People always say, ‘f**k Hollywood. Do your own thing.’ Or they say ‘women do so well in documentaries and independent film, why don’t they stay there?’ You cannot make a living doing independent films. And maybe there’s a girl out there who wants to do Star Wars or Star Trek or Pan’s Labyrinth. Are we saying she shouldn’t be able to do that?”

Alexander was quick to clarify with Forbes that she has not taken any meetings about Wonder Woman, but claims to know who is in the running for the job, saying, "If she says yes, everybody will be very happy, including me." Alexander also plans to call for complete transparency during the production, saying, "We have to demand transparency so we as a public can judge whether she f**cked up or not.”

There are a few issues here. First, male directors are under many of the same constraints in terms of budget, marketing and studio control/interference. Very few filmmakers at all are bestowed with complete creative freedom. But at the same time, high-profile opportunities for female filmmakers are undoubtedly few and far between, and women have not gotten nearly the same directing opportunities as men. Until The Hunger Games came along, many studio execs refused to even consider an action movie with a female lead -- one of the reasons, in fact, why Wonder Woman has not reached the screen yet.

But to be fair, Alexander's resume doesn't scream "tentpole" either and she may be doing a little pre-emptive rationalizing for when she doesn't get that call. And if her phone did ring, would she really turn down the opportunity to make a movie that could break new ground for female filmmakers?

The bottom line is that Warner Bros. should hire the best person for the job, regardless of gender. But do you agree that a female director would face more scrutiny if she got the chance to make Wonder Woman?

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