Female directors fighting for chance to run the show

December 31, 2014 4:18 PM

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In late November when Warner Bros. hired Michelle MacLaren for its Wonder Woman movie, it became the first studio to tap a female director for a major superhero project. The news brought me back to the 1970s, when my sisters, mom and I would convene in front of the television to watch Wonder Woman fighting for our rights in her satin tights, as the goofy theme song put it. I don't remember much about the show, but I do know that the vision of this strong woman triumphing with flowing hair and bulletproof bracelets delighted us. I'm looking forward to the movie, though as someone who watches films for a living, I would be happier if Warner Bros. hired a lot more women to direct its other titles.

The news of MacLaren's hiring was big because, after years of young men in baseball caps being plucked from obscurity to direct blockbusters like "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Godzilla," a woman was getting her shot. In indie arenas like the Sundance Film Festival, female directors have inched close...

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