A few weeks ago, the actress Emma Stone was cast as a female superhero in the blockbuster film Wonder Woman.
She was portrayed as a badass but a “realistic” superhero with a complex background and a very specific purpose.
Her character is known as Wonder Woman, a warrior and protector of the women of the DC universe.
The role, which was filmed on location in Los Angeles, was hailed as groundbreaking and a “big step in the right direction” for women in film and television.
But in the past, it’s been a big challenge for Hollywood to cast a female character in a superhero role, because there’s a very strong gender gap in Hollywood.
That’s changing with the recent arrival of a new wave of female superhero movies.
“I think we’ve been on a trajectory of female-led films since 2012,” said Jessica Biel, a producer and writer at the DGA.
“The DC Universe is one of the most diverse in terms of the superhero genre.
It’s an incredibly diverse universe and I think the audience for superheroes has really grown up and matured.”
Female-led superhero movies are on the rise Now, a number of female filmmakers and actors have made significant strides in Hollywood in recent years.
This year, for example, the women behind Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel and Fox’s Wonder Woman have joined the ranks of women in a wide variety of roles, including the lead role in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, and the lead in Fox’s X-Force.
“There are some of these great female directors and writers, they’re bringing their creative vision and their ability to write with great characters to the big screen,” Biel said.
“But there are a lot of these films that are just about women.
There’s a lack of women directors and creators and actors in Hollywood.”
Biel noted that she feels the biggest reason the number of women-led superheroes movies hasn’t gone up is because there are so many other female-driven, female-centric superhero films out there.
“It’s really difficult to be a woman in Hollywood,” she said.
Biel has been casting female-lead superhero roles since she started her career as a producer on a TV series, so she knows firsthand the challenges that female directors have to deal with in casting female superheroes.
“They’re just dealing with a different set of cultural expectations and different cultural expectations about the nature of superhero roles and what a female role in a big-budget superhero film is supposed to be,” she explained.
Briel said that it’s also important for female directors to be aware of their own biases when casting their own characters.
“That is a very important thing for directors to understand when casting women,” she added.
Bias against women in the media has been a long-standing issue for female filmmakers.
A 2012 study from the Pew Research Center found that 60% of women have experienced a bias against them in the way that they are portrayed in the news, entertainment, and politics.
And a 2014 survey from the Women, Action, and Diversity Initiative found that 61% of young women surveyed reported experiencing a hostile work environment.
Biodiversity, Biel believes, is important for Hollywood, too.
“A lot of female directors feel that they’re constantly fighting for their work and being judged by the media for it,” she noted.
“And so it’s really important that there are spaces where there’s an awareness and an open discussion about this kind of bias that is still happening in the industry.”
For Biel and other female filmmakers, there’s also a need to take more chances when it comes to casting female heroes in superhero movies and superhero movies that are all about women and are not about male heroes.
“We have to make it really clear that there is a wide range of talent that exists in Hollywood, and there is diversity in Hollywood that doesn’t exist in other parts of the world,” Bialiel said, “but there are female directors that have to step up and be brave and take risks and push the boundaries of what it means to be the woman in a female-dominated industry.”
The first time that a female director was cast in a leading role in Wonder Woman was in the early 2000s.
Bialiks co-wrote the film with filmmaker-producer Peter Jackson, who had been working on the movie with his wife and producer Barbara Mayer.
After several years of development, the film was eventually made in 2004.
The film follows the character, who is known for her skills as a lawyer, as she tries to keep her family safe from the villainous Ares.
Biola, who also directed the first two Wonder Woman movies, said that the experience of casting Wonder Woman in a woman-led movie was the biggest learning curve of her career.
“When I was a little kid watching Wonder Woman when I was in elementary school, it was a big deal,” Biola said.
But she says that when the studio approached her, she had no idea what to expect. “At