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6 Female Directors Who Could Direct Captain Marvel

Written by Dara Berkey

Who’s excited to see how the Captain Marvel develops? If you thought gender inequality was just for the actresses, you were wrong. Female directors are sparse. Production companies are wary about hiring female directors due to the same old stupid stuff—namely that female directors only want to direct romantic movies. 

Of course, there are female directors who direct romance-themed movies, just as male director can direct a romance-themed movie.  Female directors, however, are amazing. Just recently African-American female director Ava DuVernay won an Oscar for the movie Selma, about the early days of the Civil Rights movement. The Wonder Woman movie has a female director named Patty Jenkins. And there plenty female television directors and up and coming indie female directors that strive for greatness.

6. Patty Jenkins

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As I mentioned, Patty Jenkins directed DC’s Wonder Woman movie. The likelihood of Patty Jenkins leaving DC for Marvel to direct the first female-led feature film is slim to none. Still, I think she would have been an awesome choice to direct Captain Marvel. Patty Jenkins is best known for directing the docudrama about Aileen Wuornos. She has won various awards, including three different DGA awards. 

The best part about why I wanted her was that she was going to Thor: The Dark World. She’s already familiar with the MCU and the ways of Marvel Studios. However, as she left due to creative differences, I do not see Jenkins getting to direct Captain Marvel, even if she would have been great for it.

5. Michelle MacLaren

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Michelle MacLaren was originally on board to direct Wonder Woman. If Patty Jenkins will never direct Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios needs to grab up Michelle MacLaren and give her a chance with Captain Marvel. Creative differences were cited with her exit from DC’s project (about what, we don’t know), but she might be a great choice for Marvel. 

After all, Marvel and DC’s movie franchises are completely different in tone. MacLaren worked on shows such as The X-Files, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Hell on Wheels, Better Call Saul, and NCIS. She’s been directed for 26 years. She has a good and solid reputation and I’m sure that if DC kept her Wonder Woman would have been awesome still and MacLaren on Captain Marvel would be amazing.

4. Kathryn Bigelow

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Kathryn Bigelow was the first female director to win the Academy Award for Best Director and plenty of other accolades. The movies that she directed include: Point Break , Strange Days , The Hurt Locker, and Zero Dark Thirty. These films are all a mixture of sci-fi, action, war and thriller.

She hasn’t done anything with superheroes or the genre, but she had worked with several people who are familiar with the MCU, including Jeremy Renner (who plays Hawkeye) and Anthony Mackie (who plays Falcon) on The Hurt Locker. Her experience with war, action, thriller films will be a great direction for Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers, after all, was in the Air Force and considering Carol Danvers’ origin story, there is bound to be action and thrills.

3. Brenda Chapman

Brenda Chapman may seem like a strange choice as she only directed animation movies from DreamWorks and Pixar. She directed The Prince of Egypt (DreamWorks Animation) and co-directed Brave (Pixar). She was the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.  She worked on projects including: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and as head of story, The Lion King. However, Chapman left Pixar (therefore, Disney who owns Marvel Studios) under controversial circumstances.

She started work at Pixar in 2003 where she worked a little on Cars, but started development on Brave. However in 2010, due to creative differences (which seems to be a fantastic excuse used all the time when directors don’t want to do with the big-wigs say), she was replaced by Mark Andrews (even though Brave was her pet project). She left Pixar soon after the movie was released and went back to DreamWorks. Chapman would be an awesome director for Captain Marvel because I would love see what she would do with it, especially since it wouldn’t be animated.

2. Wachowskis

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One of my top choice for the director of Captain Marvel are Lily and Lana Wachowski. They are responsible for the Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas, and Jupiter Ascending.  They also direct Netflix series Sense8. The sisters work the best together.

They have a comic book company, so they are no stranger to comic books or superheroes. However, some of their work hasn’t been seen as top notch, post-Matrix trilogy, but with the right project and support, I think their overall experience as directors would be a great choice and their spin on Captain Marvel might be really interesting to see.

1. Lexi Alexander

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Lexi Alexander is a one of my top choices to direct Captain Marvel for a number of reasons. She is an Academy Award nominated film director, a feminist arguing for equality in Hollywood and a former karate champion. Alexander is of German and Palestinian descent. She is no newbie when it comes towards superhero films. She directed the 2008 movie Punisher: War Zone, even though it was considered a failure. (In all honesty, it seemed like she got the blame but what about the writing, special effects and acting factors that made it fail?) 

It was her first major studio experience. Since then, she had directed an episode of Arrow and Supergirl. She is definitely a strong choice to direct Captain Marvel, but I do not think that she will get a chance. She does know her way around superheroes and she is outspoken about gender equality.

Creative differences seem to be a running theme about why female directors do not get the attention or chances they deserve. I am sure that there are plenty of female directors from the indie scene or television that I did not mention but I’m sure they are as great as the ones that I picked. I chose the ones that had experience as directors and ones that I thought would give us a Captain Marvel story that will be just awesome. If you think I missed someone, or you just have a comment, let us know. Sound off in the comments or send us your thoughts on Twitter!

Bibliography:

Buchanan, Kyle.  “100 Women Directors Hollywood Should Be Hiring.”  Vulture. http://www.vulture.com/2015/10/100-women-directors-hollywood-should-be-hiring.html.

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About the author

Dara Berkey

Superhero nerd. History nerd. Favorite personal hero--Shazam/The Original Captain Marvel. Favorite female hero--Any of the Batgirls. Favorite male hero, other than Shazam--Any of the Robins.