Emerald Fennell, the Oscar-nominated director of Promising Young Woman, is set to write the DC movie Zatanna, which will be Warner Bros.’s new comic book movie and the latest female-led DC superhero film, Variety reported.
However, a report in the Deadline said that that there has been no confirmation yet regarding whether Fennell will be directing Zatanna as well or not.
Roping in Fennell as the film’s writer comes after she created history and became one of the first female directors to be nominated for the Best Director category in the Oscars this year for her directorial debut Promising Young Woman. The film has three nominations- best picture, directing, and original screenplay categories. The film was also nominated for four Golden Globes, including best picture drama, director, screenplay, and best actress.
Zatanna will be the second female DC hero film after Wonder Woman. According to the official DC website, Zatanna Zatara is a professional stage magician. She had lost her father to dark arts.
“Zatanna balances her time as a skilled stage illusionist with battling the dark arts alongside some of the world’s greatest superheroes,” the website said, adding that by chanting spells backwards, she can “invoke anything her imagination wills”.
The character was created by Gardner Fox and artist Murphy Anderson and made her debut in November 1964’s Hawkman.
Fennell has previously been one of the writers on the award-winning BBC show Killing Eve. Apart from writing and directing, Fennell has acted in Anna Karenina, The Danish Girl, Call the Midwife, and most recently on Netflix’s The Crown. She had played the role of Camilla Parker Bowles in the royal drama series.
While the makers haven’t yet decided on actor in the lead role of Zatanna, the report in Variety said that the film will get a theatrical release. Warnermedia and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot are producing the project.