Although it was known that it would not be an utter failure financially, the continued domination of the Warner Brother’s film Wonder Woman at the box office shows that female superhero films have an audience along with potentially as financially successful as male led films.
Going into the weekend of June second through the fourth, many box office experts such as the site Boxofficemojo.com suggested that the opening weekend box office take for Wonder Woman would be big at around eight-nine million dollars. This estimate was on the high end of their expectations. Fortunately the film had a strong word of mouth as shown from the movie audience polling site, CinemaScore along with a robust score (92%) on the ever important film review aggregate site Rottentomatoes. The same cannot be said for other films in the DC comics extended universe, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice or Suicide Squad, which also includes Wonder Woman. These two factors were most likely the main reasons why Wonder Woman was even heftier one hundred and three million dollars it’s opening weekend. That might sound like not a big deal, grossing fourteen million dollars than expected but sites like Boxofficemojo.com usually do not miss their march by this much. If anything, they often have lofty for films that will turn out to completely bomb at the box office.
There were two factors behind this movie should have indicated a failure. A director, Patty Jenkins, whose most notable work was the critically acclaimed Monster. This is a great film but one must wonder where DC entertainment and Warner Brothers concluded that this was the woman to turn around the fortunes of the DC Extended Universe after the critical misfortunes of the other films in the franchise? Besides this, the choice for the lead actress, Gal Galdot, was a great choice but something of a conundrum because the only notable credits for Galdot are the Fast and the Furious films as a supporting character which does not exactly inspire confidence with the fan boys. I was pleasantly surprised by Galdot’s performance in Wonder Woman. With a relatively unknown lead actress and a director who had no experience in the superhero genre, the stage was set for another colossal bust for Warner Brothers. Fortunately, this was not the case.
Now that Wonder Woman has become a huge hit not only in the United States but across the whole world, including countries like China and the United Kingdom, the prospects of other female superhero movies should be tossed around by movie executives around the world. Unfortunately, there are only a few of these such films being thought of, including an eventual release of a Wonder Woman sequel. This is the time for female super hero movies to be made after the huge box office haul that Wonder Woman has had in the last three weekends. Usually with a movie this big and the prospects of a huge financial gain looking almost certain, the executives push for the filmmakers to create another film, such as the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe, which itself only has male led films going into production until a Captain Marvel film which will come out in 2019, a full eleven years after the Marvel Cinematic Universe started with the film Iron Man in 2008.
Other franchises are moving forward with male led directors like the Joss Whedon directed film Batgirl which does not have a release date or even a star headlining it now. I have no problem with Joss Whedon, I actually think he is a fantastic director and one of my favorite movies has to be the 2005 movie Serenity. The problem is that it took a director of his prestige to bring this forward to studio executives at Warner Brothers and they greenlighted it. I should not take the likes of Joss Whedon to finally make the executives finally shell out the money for a film like this. Studios should be looking at young FEMALE talent in their directors who also bring forth a vision to their movie adaptations of these female superheroes. The thing is that Marvel is taking chances with male directors who probably should not be making MALE superhero movies in general. The end result was pretty good for the studios, both financially and critically. An example of this would be last year’s Marvel Film Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch and directed by Scott Derrickson. Derrickson has only directed a few very low budget horror films such as Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose to name a few. Does this sound like material for a superhero film. Again, I have no problem with Derrickson and certainly not Cumberbatch, who created a great film but the fact is that Hollywood is not doing this with female directors and female superhero movies.
The fact is that because of the success of Wonder Woman, it should have shown to Hollywood that there is room to have these films alongside the male superheroes that have dominated the film scene as a whole since these heroes first graced the silver screen in the 1940’s. This is the time for movie executives to move forward with these such films!