Doctor Who Director Interested In Marvel's She-Hulk
It appears the success of Wonder Woman has potentially tipped over a domino in a set piece that has been waiting to be toppled for decades. Of course it's far too soon to tell, but there are waves in the water for sure. After grossing well over $200 million the first weekend and cementing director Patty Jenkins' name in the history books, Wonder Woman has become the new ark of the covenant for superhero movies and also a blueprint for female directors who want their talent to be judged on its own merits.
In an article for Vice, Rachel Talalay, director of 1995's Tank Girl, expressed interest in directing a She-Hulk feature film. I know what you're thinking: Tank Girl?? Well it's actually a cult classic, revered in certain circles. Since then however, she has gone on to direct episodes of The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. Most notably, she directed the finale episodes for Doctor Who in seasons 8, 9 and 10. She's no stranger to super heroics or action, so maybe she does have what it takes to bring the Jade Giantess to the big screen in, ahem, incredible fashion.
Talalay even has a legit reason for wanting to bring this character to life on the big screen and it hits very close to home, especially given the state of Hollywood and Wonder Woman's impact on it. “The difference between She-Hulk and Hulk is that she loved being She-Hulk. She was the Tank Girl of earlier days in terms of being able to say what she wanted, and when she became She-Hulk, it was like an opening of the door to freedom, to be the person that you wish you could be. That you’re stopped from being as a woman. And that’s the version of She-Hulk that I would love to embrace.” she muses. Well, that's good enough for me to be interested at least. There's even a talented actress ready to take on the role, although the logistics for that one boggle the mind....
The only problem is the systemic sexism that permeates entertainment. If a man directs She-Hulk and it sucks, it's just another terrible movie. If a woman does it and it sucks, it sets back the plight of women in entertainment years. Did Wonder Woman make a dent big enough to absorb one or two failings? Time will tell. At the very least, we're having the conversation. That's the most important thing.