What’s in a lens? “It’s about representing the nuance of the female gaze,” explains Pam Grossman, director of visual trends at Getty Images. In the current feminist moment, people are paying more attention to women working behind the scenes in film, media and photography—and how women’s influence ultimately affects these industries.
Wonder Woman made headlines for taking $103.1 million in its debut weekend in the United States alone. It was trailblazing not only for being the first DC/Marvel superhero film to feature a female protagonist (following 19 male-led films since the movie franchise launched in 2008), but also because its director, Patty Jenkins, is one of only three women to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million.
The success of Wonder Woman sparked discussion about the need for more female directors, writers and producers. Fans and critics widely recognized how a woman behind the lens affected important choices and nuances in the movie that were central to its triumph.