Wonder Woman A Win For Women in the film industry
By Stacia Bohnert
Superhero films already have a reputation of doing well at the box office (well most of them), but Wonder Woman did something special.
Wonder Woman is not your average superhero film. Patty Jenkins was the first female to direct a big budget superhero film. On top of that, it broke the record for having the highest opening weekend box office numbers for a film directed by a female. It broke the previous record set by Fifty Shades of Gray directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Patty Jenkins' success has continued to prove to the film industry that women deserve the opportunity to direct. Not only should they direct, but they can achieve success in the male dominated film industry. Bob Mondello, an NPR movie reviewer, tweeted that overseas Wonder Woman “outperformed” many other recent superhero films.
As much as Wonder Woman should be a wake up call to the film industry, there is still a huge lack of female representation in behind the scenes roles. IndieWire’s Melissa Silverstein wrote in 2015, “Women comprised 19% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 grossing films”.
Hopefully the success of Wonder Woman will inspire both the film industry and future female filmmakers to continue to fight for equal representation.