At last, women are directing tentpole features, an arena in which they’ve historically been sidelined. The big comic book franchises are on board too, finally hiring from the plethora of talented women in the industry. Cathy Yan
and Ava DuVernay
are helming two of DC Films
’ upcoming blockbusters for Warner Bros.
, Birds of Prey
and New Gods respectively. Meanwhile, Marvel
has Cate Shortland
directing Black Widow and Chloé Zhao
helming The Eternals
, as Gina Prince-Bythewood
develops Silver & Black for Sony
. And Disney
has Niki Caro
directing the live-action remake of Mulan.
But despite that encouraging list, true gender parity remains elusive, and the women in those big-name jobs aren’t going to be satisfied with just their own successes—they want the odds to be even for all women in the field, disrupting the status quo and blazing a trail for future female storytellers.
“I am seeing a definite shift,