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‘Wonder Woman’ Is One of the Few Films Directed by a Woman With a $100 Million Budget

'Wonder Woman' Is One of the Few Films Directed by a Woman With a $100 Million Budget

Update: Although Patty Jenkins is one of the few women in this club, Melissa Silverstein didn’t mention two other female filmmakers who have helmed projects with $100 million budgets. The first was Kathryn Bigelow, whose 2002 drama “K-19: The Widowmaker” had a $100 million budget. Lana Wachowski also directed two blockbuster films with her then-brother Andy (now Lilly): 2012’s “Cloud Atlas” ($128.5 million) and 2015’s space epic “Jupiter Ascending” ($176 million).

Wonder Woman” won’t hit theaters until 2017, but it’s already set a record. As pointed out by Athena Film Festival artistic director Melissa Silverstein, the upcoming comic-book film is “the first movie that a woman has directed — a live-action movie — with a $100 million budget.” Patty Jenkins is directing “Wonder Woman,” which is part of the shared DC Universe along with the recently released “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and this summer’s “Suicide Squad.”

READ MORE: Here’s the Problem With ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (Review)

Gal Gadot stars in the title role, an Amazon princess/demigoddess born to Zeus. An Israeli actress, Gadot first came to international attention for her role in the “Fast & Furious” franchise. “Wonder Woman” has been in one stage of development or another since 1996, with everyone from Ivan Reitman to eventual “Avengers” director Joss Whedon attached to helm it at one point; Michelle MacLaren (best known for her work on such TV shows as “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones”) was announced as the director in late 2014, but left last April due to creative differences.

READ MORE: “It’s Pretty Dark”: Gal Gadot Talks ‘Wonder Woman’

Jenkins’ best known film project is “Monster,” which starred Charlize Theron in an Academy Award–winning role. Chris Pine, Lucy Davis, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston and David Thewlis will co-star alongside Gadot in “Wonder Woman,” which is being released on June 2, 2017.

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K-19: The Widowmaker. Also Jupiter Ascending.


Yeah…. WW is a first A LOT of things… Sorry Blackwidow. Go Wonder Woman!! Go Gal Gadot!! #boycottingmarvel


…and Cloud Atlas.


I think they mean an real biologically born woman.


I am glad a female director gets her chance in the spot light. I am sorry they are setting her up for failure by not respecting the originality of wonder woman, changing everything about her that makes her wonder woman. I look forward to suicide squad. Not putting a dime toward WW.

James Phang

Jennifer Yuh Nelson directed Kung Fu Panda 2 which had a $150million budget.


The Wachowskis would NOT have been able to direct those movies had they started their careers as cisc women. No way in hell. White male privilege from the start. Only Bigelow managed to pave the way.


That’s (seriously)a pretty insensitive thing to say. The Wachowskis WERE born female…and now they’re exactly who they want to be. Your attitude is only a few degrees from the one that’s fueling this hateful "bathroom law" debate. Don’t let your feminism taint the rights and hard win rights of other minorities. When we talk about "racial diversity" it’s NOT just about "Black" like many in the Black Hollywood community think). "Gender Diversity" is similarly NOT just (and Only)about Women.


Are "Unbroken" and "Aeon Flux" the only 50 million+ movies by women?

Ramon gil

Kung Fu Panda 3 was $145M and directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson


There are only two genders whether you like that or not. Biology trumps your gender studies. The only thing fueling the transgender bathroom law is people’s inability to be honest with themselves. I’m sorry but a female is not born with a penis and prostate and XY chromosomes. You can pretend all you want and force yourself to believe you’re the complete opposite of your actual gender but you aren’t confusing anyone else and no one is buying into your delusions. The only diversity that matters is diversity of ideas, experiences and values. Diversity of skin color is superficial and racist because it looks at nothing but the color of your skin.


Do animated films not count? Because I’m pretty sure you could also have included Jennifer Yuh Nelson for the last two Kung Fu Panda films as well as Brenda Chapman co-directing Brave


@PLEASE – I think its also worth applauding the fact that not only a woman, but a trans woman, was given a $100 million + budget
"Biology" isn’t the issue here…

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