I heard my name!
Whole lot of questionable (and some good) defenses for questionable artistic decisions being made that we're talking about elsewhere, so let's get into the female director issue:
How much money did Safety Not Guaranteed make before they gave Trebberow Jurassic World? How was he a safe choice?
Skull Island cost 185 times more what Kings of Summer made at the box office, but nobody had a problem handing that to Vogt-Roberts. What about him wasn't a gamble?
What about Scott Derickson's directorial history suggested he'd be a good fit for Doctor Strange?
James Gunn was directing short films with porn stars before they gave him Guardians. His biggest project before Guardians was Slither, which was a flop (12 million against a 15 million budget). But yeah, he was a real smart choice.
And that's not getting into the most brilliant choice of them all, Z-Snyd himself, who barely made money for the studios on Sucker Punch. Not a risk at all there.
And yet...and yet...we insist women make successful movies in order to be given shots at these big projects. "Lexi Alexander hasn't made good movies! Lake Bell's untested! Michelle MacLaren is only good on tv!"
If you look at this list, there are countless examples of people with similar backgrounds to Trebberow, Vogt-Roberts, and Derrickson who haven't been given the shots those guys have, and when you have that, it's real hard not to think there's something going on.
Gimme a break. Cannot wait for Wrinkle in Time to eat everyone's lunch and prove this bullshit, reductive, sexist trope wrong.
Shannon Purser for Batgirl, says I.
Edited by Boone Daniels - 3/31/17 at 8:45am