Fans Who’re Upset James Gunn Didn’t Hire a Female Director for Supergirl Must Remember the One He Chose Gave us the Best Margot Robbie Movie Ever Made

Filmmaker Craig Gillespie officially signs on for Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.

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  • DC Studios has recently shared some exciting updates regarding Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.
  • Craig Gillespie has been confirmed as the director of Supergirl, which is set to release on June 26, 2026.
  • However, despite his track record of significant female-led hits, some of the fans have raised concerns over a male filmmaker leading the project.
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Following reports that James Gunn is eyeing the Emmy-nominated filmmaker Craig Gillespie for one of the highly anticipated films in the new DC Universe, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, recent updates have confirmed Gillespie’s official signing onto the project. Additionally, the studio has also announced a release date for the film, starring Milly Alcock in the titular role.

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Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow | Credit: DC

However, despite the filmmaker having a track record of significant female-led hits, some of the fans have raised concern over a male filmmaker leading the project, arguing that a female director would have potentially been more suitable to bring Kara Zor-el’s adventures to life on screen.

James Gunn’s Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow Gets Exciting Updates

DC Studios has recently shared some exciting updates regarding Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, from its release date to its director and filming schedule. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig Gillespie will be taking on the directorial duties for the project.

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Supergirl has also become the second film, after Superman, to secure an official release date in James Gunn’s new DCU slate, set for June 26, 2026. The shooting of the movie is expected to commence this fall.

Craig Gillespie will be directing Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow in James Gunn's DCU
Filmmaker Craig Gillespie | Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Craig Gillespie

Based on the comic by Tom King and Bilquis Evely, the film promises a fresh perspective on Kara Zor-El compared to the popular CW series Supergirl. The House of the Dragon star Milly Alcock will be taking on the role of Supergirl in the DCU.

While many fans are excited about Gillespie helming the project, others have expressed disappointment over a male director being chosen for the film, suggesting that a female director should make Supergirl.

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“I feel like a woman should’ve directed this,” one fan said on X (Twitter). Others also joined in the conversation, citing Gillipsie’s previous work like Mr. Woodcock, leaving some fans skeptical over the director’s choice.

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Why Craig Gillespie is the Ideal Choice to Direct Supergirl?

Although fans have argued against Craig Gillespie directing Supergirl, his track record with empowering female-led narratives has been undeniable, especially the 2017 biographical sports comedy, I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie, as the figure skater Tonya Harding.

Margot Robbie in I, Tonya
Margot Robbie in I, Tonya | Credit: Neon

The film received widespread acclaim for bringing the controversial figure skater’s story to the screen, winning one of its three Oscar nominations, which also included Robbie’s first Academy Awards nomination for Best Actress.

The filmmaker also earned critical acclaim, with critics praising his skill in crafting a compelling narrative with the film’s complex tone and bringing out stellar performances from the cast. And the movie has reasonably earned its place among some of the best work of Robbie.

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Additionally, Gillespie has also directed the Emma Stone-led 2021 film Cruella, following the iconic Disney villain. Despite its disappointing box office run, it has received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike and won an Oscar for Best Costume Design.

Emma Stone in Cruella
Emma Stone in Cruella | Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Amidst debate on gender diversity in directorial roles, many have acknowledged Gillespie’s talent and the success of his previous projects, recognizing his ability to deliver captivating narratives with strong female leads.

However, it is also worth noting that it is the first time the filmmaker is venturing into the superhero genre. While Gillespie’s ability to deliver a strong and memorable Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow remains uncertain, the filmmaker joining the franchise has sparked significant discussions and interest among fans.

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I, Tonya is available to stream on Max. 

Cruella is available to stream on Disney+.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow is set to release on June 26, 2026.

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.