A website said having Patty Jenkins direct Wonder Woman was a risk. Twitter fired back.


‘Remember when Sony gambled $230 million on a Spider-Man reboot on an indie director whose previous film cost $7.5 million?’

At first glance, this tweet from The Hollywood Reporter to an article about “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins seems innocent enough.

“Warner Bros. is gambling $150M with a filmmaker whose only prior big-screen credit was an $8M indie,” the tweet reads. Taken at face value, sure, that seems to make sense. Putting someone at the helm of a $150-million project is naturally a risk-filled endeavor, no matter who you’re talking about. And, yeah, when that’s nearly 20 times as much money as that person’s ever had to work with, it’s a fair question to ask.

But if you look a little closer, you’ll see there are three big mistakes in that sort of framing.

And of course it’s worth reading the full article before you make a decision, but there’s still something about the way the headline and tweet are set up that seems … off.

Jenkins (right) and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

1. It’s worth mentioning what that “$8M indie” was. In this case, it’s pretty crucial to understanding the full story.

That $8-million indie film, written and directed by Jenkins, was called “Monster.” It starred Charlize Theron, it won a bunch of awards, and oh yeah, it made $60 million worldwide. That’s a pretty big deal.

Theron took home the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 76th Annual Academy Awards for her role in “Monster.” Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images.

Luckily, there were some helpful folks on Twitter happy to offer some alternative ways The Hollywood Reporter could have framed things.

2. It reinforces a lot of super negative attitudes and stereotypes about women in Hollywood and, well, pretty much everywhere.

In a recent interview, actress Anne Hathaway tried to unpack her own experiences with sexism — both on the giving and receiving end of it — discussing a time she struggled to trust a director because that director was a woman. Why was that her instinct? That’s what she hopes to figure out.

What doesn’t help, however, are messages that suggest women aren’t capable of handling large projects like this, as though they didn’t earn it. Again, on Twitter, some users replied to THR to point this out.

3. Similarly experienced men direct big-budget films all the time, but you don’t see nearly as many stories about them being a “gamble” or “risk.” Why is that?

Fandango movie critic Erik Davis unleashed an absolutely fire string of tweets highlighting other times studios have given big budget films to directors with pretty meager portfolios. There’s just one big difference here, he pointed out: Jenkins is a woman.

Wonder Woman is getting phenomenal reviews (especially when you compare it to some of the less acclaimed DC Comics movies of the past several years), so one can hope Jenkins’ success helps change people’s perception of just what women are capable of.

And, really, if there’s one movie to help change how we talk and think about women in the entertainment industry, there’s really no better answer than “Wonder Woman.”

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.





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