“Wonder Woman” might break yet another glass ceiling for female directors and comic book films. Variety has reported that Warner Bros. is contemplating an Oscar campaign for its DC hit “Wonder Woman,” which has grossed over $781 million globally and is the highest-grossing movie ever directed by a woman.
The studio would potentially be backing Patty Jenkins for Best Director and the film itself for the Best Picture. If Warner Bros. does decide to make the case for “Wonder Woman,” Jenkins would be the first director of a comic book film to be nominated for their work. Variety also points out that best director Oscar winners have been overwhelmingly male; Kathryn Bigelow’s 2010 win for direction of “The Hurt Locker” is the sole exception to the trend.
Comic book films have historically been snubbed for Best Picture nominations, including Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed “The Dark Knight.” While “Wonder Woman” has been a hit with critics and DC fans alike, the upcoming “Justice League” could hurt the film’s chances in the Oscar race if it’s panned. The glowing “Wonder Woman” might just lose its shine if the last thing the Academy remembers is a “Justice League” flop.
Warner Bros. has declined to comment just yet on the Oscar buzz. We’ll just have to wait and see.
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