The future is female ... at least when it comes to the cineplex.
For the first time, four films starring and directed by women — ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Eternals’ and Disney’s live-action ‘Mulan’ — topped a Fandango audience survey of the most anticipated movies of the new year, the film hub announced.
The movies, helmed by Patty Jenkins, Cate Shortland, Chloe Zhao and Niki Caro, respectively, were selected in an online survey conducted in the last weeks of this month. More than 2,000 millennial film fans cast their votes for the top movies and performances they were most looking forward to seeing on the big screen in 2020.
Rounding out the top 10 are a bevy of sequels, spin-offs and adaptations, including the next James Bond instalment (‘No Time to Die’), John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place II,’ the female superhero team-up flick ‘Birds of Prey,’ the musical ‘In the Heights,’ Pixar’s animated film ‘Soul’ and the ninth chapter of the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise. ‘Soul,’ about a middle-school music teacher who dreams of playing at a New York jazz club, appears to be the only original fare.
But it’s the ‘Wonder Woman’ sequel that fans seem particularly stoked about, topping the most anticipated actress (Gal Gadot), actor (Chris Pine) and villain (Kristen Wiig) categories as well.