The Heroines Behind 2020’s Comic Book Films

The start of the new decade brings many new, and exciting projects. And the comicbook movie genre is not slowing down at all. Many characters will be getting their film debut, and female directors are bringing them to life.

Cathy Yan, Birds of Prey.

Warner Bros. Pictures

Coming to big screens on February 7th 2020, is the first all female comicbook ensemble, “Birds of Prey(and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” dir. Cathy Yan. This is the eighth installment into the DCEU, and has many characters whom are seeing their first debut to film.

Cathy Yan is the first Asian female director for DC, and was brought onto Warner Bros. team in 2018. Her film with be the second female directed film in the DCEU.

The film centers around Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, and her life after breaking up with the Joker. She fights along side of Black Canary, (Jurnee Smollet-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Bosco), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez). This is the first all female team up film, and if successful will help bring even more women characters to film, such as Gotham City Sirens.

This film is a strong female presence in front of the camera, but also behind the lens. Not only is this film directed by a female, it’s also written by Christina Hodson, and produced by Margot Robbie and her production company LuckyChap Entertainment. The soundtrack for the film, developed by Daniel Pemberton also features an all female line up.

Cate Shortland, Black Widow.

Marvel Studios

In 2020, we finally see one of the original Avengers get her own solo film. Coming to theaters on May 1, 2020, Scarlet Johansson will play Black Widow, for what seems to be the final time. Culminating the last ten years in the MCU, her final chapter will end.

Cate Shortland helms the film as the second MCU film that has a woman credited as a director. The film is produced by Kevin Fiege, and was written by Eric Pearson. This will be the first film released in Marvel’s “Phase Four”, and the twenty-fourth film in their cinematic universe, and is the second female led film in their universe. The film has an impressive cast joining Scarlett, such as David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and Rachel Weisz.

The film takes place after “Captain America: Civil War” dir. Russo Brothers, and we find Natasha on the run. The film follows Natasha confronting those from her past. In recent trailers we see that Natasha is not the only Black Widow, and that there is a group of women trained to be as deadly as she is. Although, much hasn’t been released about the film, it will be a treat to those who have been waiting almost ten years.

Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984.

Warner Bros. Studios

One of the most anticipated films of 2020 is “Wonder Woman 1984”, which releases June 5, 2020. This will be the first sequel coming from the DCEU, and has Patty Jenkins returning as director. The first Wonder Woman film was groundbreaking for the comicbook move genre, and from what we have seen so far this film is on the same track.

Not only is Patty Jenkins the director she is credited as a producer alongside of Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, and Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot. Patty also wrote the screenplay and story for the film with Geoff Johns.

The film takes place in 1984, and has Diana facing off with two iconic foes, Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), and Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). This will be the second film in the DCEU to show a female villain, with the first being Dr. Poison in “Wonder Woman” dir. Patty Jenkins. The film follows Diana as she is coping with losing all those she has cared about, all set in the mid 80’s. Patty said she chose this time because it shows mankind at its best, and worst.

Chloe Zhao, The Eternals.

Marvel Studios

The final female directed comicbook film comes to screens November 6, 2020. “The Eternals” will be directed by Chloe Zhao, and will be the first MCU film directed by an Asian woman, and the third film directed by a woman.

The film was announced by Kevin Fiege at San Diego Comic Con in 2019, and was met with much excitement. This will be one of the most diverse cast in the MCU that includes Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, and many more. The film is produced by Kevin Fiege, and was written by Matthew K. Firpo and Ryan Firpo.

This film takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” dir. Russo Brothers, and has been in development since 2018. Although we haven’t seen much from this film other than concept art and leaked set pics it seems it will be one of the most unique MCU films to date.