White men can't jump, but they can direct blockbuster movies.

It's the same old Hollywood story: The overwhelming majority of this summer's movies were directed by white men. Only two were directed by black men and one by a woman, according to a report from The Wrap last month.

It's really a shame, laments The Wrap writer Martha Lauzen, that while Hollywood is willing to gamble on young, up-and-coming white male directors, they don't do the same for women.

She points out that Marc Webb was tapped to direct "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" after he'd helmed just one small indie pic, "(500) Days of Summer." And "Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards was given that huge movie after working on one small movie and a few television documentaries. "Maleficent" is Robert Stromberg's directorial debut.

"If their films are even moderately successful, they will be elevated to 'boy wonder' status," Lauzen notes.

But it's not as if there aren't any women directing the small, indie flicks that propelled Webb and Edwards to bigger flicks. Women comprised 26 percent of indie directors -- but just six percent of 2013's top-grossing films were overseen by women.

As Lauzen argues, "Even women with proven track records as directors are left off lists of possible helmers for studio features, while males who have not directed a feature or have directed a single feature are considered."

Hollywood has long been a boys' club, but it's 2014, for crying out loud. Isn't it time for some "girl wonders"?

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