The 2017 Wonder Woman blockbuster has already broken the record for the highest-grossing movie directed by a woman ever, raking in a whopping Dhs378.6 million, but the moviemakers aren’t planning to stop at just critical acclaim and a huge box office feat. Now, Warner Bros, the studio behind the film, wants the action movie has its sights set on another first: becoming the first superhero movie to win an Academy Award.
According to Variety, studio executives at Warner Bros (WB) are plotting an awards campaign, aiming to secure the film for Best Picture and Best Director. They are reportedly planning to reintroducing the film in autumn, targeting a wider, younger pool of people who may not have seen the comic book adaptation, which stars Gal Gadot as the titular Amazonian warrior.
If Wonder Woman won either of the awards it would achieve a feat not even Christopher Nolan could with The Dark Knight in 2010, making director Patty Jenkins the second woman ever to win the Best Director prize (following Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker).
WB has yet to comment on the news, so it remains to be seen if this campaign goes ahead, but we certainly wouldn’t be sad to see Wonder Woman take the cake, especially with its Oscar-worthy subject matter that’s shaken up the real world as of late: world war vs the human instinct for compassion.