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Jennifer Kent & Niki Caro reportedly in the running to direct Captain Marvel

06.02.2016

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On the heels of yesterday's news that Brie Larson is the frontrunner to play the titular role in CAPTAIN MARVEL comes word from The Hollywood Reporter that a couple of filmmakers have emerged as contenders to direct the comic book movie.

Sources tell the publication that Jennifer Kent (THE BABADOOK) and Niki Caro (WHALE RIDER, NORTH COUNTRY) are both in the running to helm CAPTAIN MARVEL. Kent made her directorial debut with the critically acclaimed horror film, while Caro most recently directed MCFARLAND, USA, and she is currently doing post-production work on her upcoming World War II drama THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE. Although she isn't mentioned in THR's report, the rumor is Marvel might also be considering Elizabeth Wood (WHITE GIRL) to direct the studio's first female-led superhero flick.

A couple of months ago Kevin Feige said a director will likely be announced in the next month or two, so we should know for sure who will be behind the camera for CAPTAIN MARVEL in the very near future.

CAPTAIN MARVEL is scheduled to open on March 8, 2019.

Source: THR

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2:30PM on 06/02/2016
To those posting here that are wondering if these women (or any women) are really the best people for the job, keep in mind that a large part of "the job" is going to come from the person they hire. And if part of "the job" is to have a superhero film from a woman's perspective, taking some extra effort to hire a woman to direct isn't unreasonable, especially considering there will have been 20 MCU films directed by men by the time this one is made.
To those posting here that are wondering if these women (or any women) are really the best people for the job, keep in mind that a large part of "the job" is going to come from the person they hire. And if part of "the job" is to have a superhero film from a woman's perspective, taking some extra effort to hire a woman to direct isn't unreasonable, especially considering there will have been 20 MCU films directed by men by the time this one is made.
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12:34PM on 06/02/2016
Seriously? If James Cameron can make a badass out of meek Linda Hamilton, I don't see why Captain Marvel must be directed by a woman. Not saying a woman shouldn't direct a superhero movie, I'm saying that it's not a prerequisite. She's a superhero who just happens to be female. You don't need to understand about being on PMS or having boobs to make a Captain Marvel film. Heck, she's a legacy character to another male character who died of cancer. Do you really need a female director for that?
Seriously? If James Cameron can make a badass out of meek Linda Hamilton, I don't see why Captain Marvel must be directed by a woman. Not saying a woman shouldn't direct a superhero movie, I'm saying that it's not a prerequisite. She's a superhero who just happens to be female. You don't need to understand about being on PMS or having boobs to make a Captain Marvel film. Heck, she's a legacy character to another male character who died of cancer. Do you really need a female director for that?
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12:20PM on 06/02/2016
Guys aren't allowed to direct this movie. Discrimination.
Guys aren't allowed to direct this movie. Discrimination.
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10:56AM on 06/02/2016
I find it interesting that the only directors that I've seen reported have been women for this movie. Not that I have anything against a woman director, I just notice that Marvel (and DC) has hired by what seems to be race and gender just to show diversity but only for certain roles. That being said, I'm sure their picks are fine and the directors they hire are the right people for the job, I just find it interesting that it makes it feel like they are doing it only to make it look like they
I find it interesting that the only directors that I've seen reported have been women for this movie. Not that I have anything against a woman director, I just notice that Marvel (and DC) has hired by what seems to be race and gender just to show diversity but only for certain roles. That being said, I'm sure their picks are fine and the directors they hire are the right people for the job, I just find it interesting that it makes it feel like they are doing it only to make it look like they are this diversified group.
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10:59AM on 06/02/2016
It's intentional. Apparently the vibe in Hollywood is the only one who could understand a female superhero is a woman writer and a woman director just like how for Black Panther they want a black director and black writers.
It's intentional. Apparently the vibe in Hollywood is the only one who could understand a female superhero is a woman writer and a woman director just like how for Black Panther they want a black director and black writers.
12:47PM on 06/02/2016
Yet, having a black writer and a black director for the Black Panther movie makes more sense than this. Think of it this way. You can't make Black Panther in any other racial background besides a black African. He is a black man who happens to be a superhero. You need to make sure that the integrity of the character is well represented, and you need a good black director and writers for that. But Captain Marvel is a whole different thing. She's a superhero who just happens to be female. You
Yet, having a black writer and a black director for the Black Panther movie makes more sense than this. Think of it this way. You can't make Black Panther in any other racial background besides a black African. He is a black man who happens to be a superhero. You need to make sure that the integrity of the character is well represented, and you need a good black director and writers for that. But Captain Marvel is a whole different thing. She's a superhero who just happens to be female. You don't need to understand about being on PMS or having boobs to make a Captain Marvel film. Heck, she's a legacy character to another male character who died of cancer. Do you really need a female director for that?
12:53PM on 06/02/2016
Good replies. I just really wanna see someone who makes a good movie. Couldn't care any less about their race or gender.
Good replies. I just really wanna see someone who makes a good movie. Couldn't care any less about their race or gender.
8:31AM on 06/02/2016
I would rather see Caro get the job (that is if she is indeed the best person for the job due to her talent and not just because of her gender) since I enjoyed North Country, and absolutely hated the Badadook.

And after thinking about it since yesterday, I think Brie would be a solid choice for Captain Marvel. I just think I was disappointed in the news because I had always envisioned and pictured and very much wanted Emily Blunt in the role; who is just as or mores on talented, sexy, and
I would rather see Caro get the job (that is if she is indeed the best person for the job due to her talent and not just because of her gender) since I enjoyed North Country, and absolutely hated the Badadook.

And after thinking about it since yesterday, I think Brie would be a solid choice for Captain Marvel. I just think I was disappointed in the news because I had always envisioned and pictured and very much wanted Emily Blunt in the role; who is just as or mores on talented, sexy, and kick ass than Brie and especially after seeing her in Looper, Edge of Tomorrow, and Sicario.
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