When Kathleen Kennedy was asked why no female directors had been hired to helm a Star Wars film, she responded that the lack of them working at the blockbuster level was a huge problem. By men hiring men to direct large-scale blockbusters, women had effectively been frozen out of the top tier. But there's good news. There will be four superhero movies in 2020 directed by women, pushing the numbers in the direction of a more gender-balanced future for the first time.
In fact, five blockbuster films of 2020 will be headed up by women: Birds of Prey, Mulan, Black Widow, Wonder Woman, and The Eternals. Mulan is not a superhero movie, but it is one of Disney's biggest 2020 titles. A reimagining of the 1998 cartoon princess classic, it's based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, like the original cartoon was. But as directed by Niki Caro, from a script written by Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, Elizabeth Martin, and Rick Jaffa, it's billed as a "historical war drama film," and many of the comedic elements (like Mushu) have been eliminated.
Mulan arrives on Mar. 27, just one of the women-directed films front-loaded into the first half of the year.