Sisters gotta stick together! Warner Brothers managed to beat Disney/Marvel Studios to the punch in delivering a stellar solo female flick, 2017’s smash ‘Wonder Woman’. That’s fitting as Wonder Woman was the original solo female superhero. But Marvel has finally delivered its first female-led solo film, ‘Captain Marvel’, which also looks to be a massive hit, opening on Friday, March 9– International Women’s Day.
In the spirit of raising women up, any ideas that there might be a behind-the-scenes cat(woman) fight have been dashed. Patty Jenkins, who directed ‘Wonder Woman’ and is working on its sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, tweeted a message of Amazonian support on Twitter, expressing:
“Congratulations team Captain Marvel! Can’t wait to see it and our whole WW crew wish you a great weekend.”
Jenkins included a piece of artwork by John Yandell depicting Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman flying side-by-side.
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 7, 2019
Last year, Evangeline Lilly‘s Hope Van Dyne became the first female Marvel hero to have her name in her movie’s title with ‘Ant-Man & the Wasp’, but ‘Captain Marvel’ is the first time a female Marvel hero has gotten solo billing.
Uh… of course, pre-Marvel Studios, another Marvel Comics character got her own movie, 20th Century Fox’s ‘Elektra’. That was in 2005, a year after Warner Brothers unleashed the disastrous ‘Catwoman’. But let’s agree to never mention those again.
‘Captain Marvel’ is just the latest in a series of successful Marvel Studios films. Meanwhile, Warner Brothers has struggled to establish a similar shared universe, but ‘Wonder Woman’ proved to be a huge smash and helped set the studio on the right path.
With the glass ceiling crushed, Warner Brothers is now filming ‘Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’ with an all-female group of heroes and villains, and is reportedly working on movies starring ‘Batgirl’ and ‘Supergirl’. Marvel Studios has ‘Black Widow’ due next year, with an all-female team-up movie rumored for the future.
Both studios are also dedicated to bringing more female voices to the genre behind-the-scenes as well. Anna Boden co-directed ‘Captain Marvel’ with her partner Ryan Fleck. ‘Black Widow’ will be directed by Cate Shortland, while the first draft of its script was penned by Jac Schaeffer, who has since moved on to the upcoming Disney+ series ‘Vision and Scarlet Witch’. Meanwhile, Chloé Zhao is preparing to helm ‘Eternals’.
Cathy Yan is directing ‘Birds of Prey’, with a script by Christina Hodson, who is also writing ‘Batgirl’. Though not much is known about ‘Supergirl’, it was at least rumored at one time that Reed Morano was being eyed to direct. And Ava DuVernay is developing another DC picture, ‘New Gods’.
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is currently in post-production, and is scheduled to hit theaters on June 5, 2020.
‘Captain Marvel’ is now in theaters, and its lead, Brie Larson will next be seen in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ on April 26.