WEEK IN WOMEN: Femme-Helmed Tentpoles Set for 2020 – Brandy McDonnell reports

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It looks like 2020 could be a landmark year for women making moview.

Five of the biggest titles scheduled for release next year — including all four major superhero movies on the slate — will be directed by women and are femme-centric.

Mark your calendars for Cathy Yan’s “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” (Feb. 7), Niko Caro’s eagerly anticipated live-action remake of Disney’s 1998 animated hit “Mulan” (March 27), Cate Shortland’s “Black Widow” (May 1), Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman 1984” (June 5) and and Marvel’s Eternals directed by Chloé Zhao.

These five tentpoles could easily surpass the 2019 numbers for films directed by women, particularly at the worldwide box office. Even if one or two of those films isn’t a breakout out smash, it will still go along way to blowing up the tired, outdated, so-called conventional wisdom that women can’t be trusted with big-budget films, especially if they don’t have any prior blockbuster experience. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.