'Breaking Bad' Director Michelle MacLaren Lands 'Wonder Woman'

November 12, 2014
Source: Variety

Michelle MacLaren / Wonder Woman

Towards the end of last month, a shortlist of names emerged as potential directors for Wonder Woman as Warner Bros. Pictures was searching for a female filmmaker to be at the helm of the project that will feature Gal Gadot in the lead. It turns out one of the names mentioned in that initial report has worked out as Variety reports the studio is in talks with Michelle MacLaren, a producer and director from "Breaking Bad," to direct the DC Entertainment super heroine film that is already set for release on June 23rd, 2017. A deal hasn't been finalized, but the studio is already in talks with MacLaren to take the job. More below!

As of now, we don't know what the first film will focus on, but a recent report said it would take a cue from Captain America: The First Avenger and be a period piece. The first half of the film was said to take place on Paradise Island with a war brewing between Amazon factions, vying for control of the land. But then the arrival of a man, it may or may not be Steve Trevor as in the comics, changes things and needs help. Our heroine is happy to oblige and accompanies this man back to his world in the 1920s, and then we'll see that world, where women just got the right to vote, from her perspective.

We don't know if that's true or not, but the character will show up first in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and we don't know how it will tie into the other DC Comics films that will follow. But MacLaren is a great choice to bring such an iconic character to the big screen, especially since she's found success with "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead," both fan favorite properties based on novels and comic books respectively. Can MacLaren do as good a job with Wonder Woman as Anthony & Joe Russo did with Captain America: The Winter Soldier? That would be fantastic. Thoughts?

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She's done some amazing work on Breaking Bad, this guarantees I'll see WW in the theatre.

andrew on Nov 12, 2014


LMFAO XD for a second there, I read WW as Walter White. buwhahahaha!!!

Michael Cane on Nov 14, 2014


Cool, cool, cool.

mooreworthy on Nov 12, 2014


She put hands on "Ozymandias", my favorite episode of BREAKING BAD. She would do this film right.

DAVIDPD on Nov 12, 2014


Rian Jonson did that dude, not her. Her episodes include ''Gliding Over All', in my opinion she did the best episodes in the series.

Goodfella on Nov 12, 2014


This is off topic but what show were you watching. In what world would Hank EVER take that money from Walt knowing what he knows. The entirety of the last 8 episodes was as close to perfection as you get.

andrew on Nov 12, 2014


Thus making my point, it wasn't realistic in that regard. I mean any one of us would have merely taken a bribe, especially when that person happens to be your own brother in law, who's dying from cancer, what's the gain of pursuing him? It was just a card to create more emotion and shock the viewer, that being said it was the only flaw the show suffered from. Long live Gus Fring!!!

Goodfella on Nov 13, 2014


I meant she was the producer for that episode. Johnson was in high form for that episode.

DAVIDPD on Nov 13, 2014


It was written that way. Get over it. Romeo shouldn't have drank the poison. Dick Hallorann (the Black dude) from "The Shining" shouldn't have walked into the hotel so casually. The German dude in Django unchained should have kept his mouth shut and gotten Django and Broomhilda off the ranch. The dude in The Mist shouldn't have killed all his friends, including his son, to escape the monster. These are major plot points, and without them, the story would not resolve in the intended way. They're written that way for a reason, or to create something called "dramatic irony". Yes, frustrating, but you can go yell at the writers if it pisses you off.

TheOct8pus on Nov 13, 2014


I'm waiting for the Blu-ray no matter who directs it...

Bl00dwerK on Nov 12, 2014


With that attitude you will.

Rock n Rollllll on Nov 13, 2014


The only rumor/report about this film that I don't care for is the whole 'period piece' thing...prequels can be very very tricky. Marvel Studios did it right with Captain America: The First Avenger...but it is a tough nut to crack. Adding a prequel element on top of the whole 'first female superhero' aspect will only make this that much harder to pull off. I think I'd prefer a modern day setting that helps lead into the Justice League film.

Chris Groves on Nov 12, 2014


The way the rumor came out, half the film set on Paradise Island and the other half in the twenties sounds awful and it is obviously false. The rumor even talks about how the audience won't know it is set in the twenties until she goes to America. But how can they keep that a secret? It would have to be part of the marketing if it is the whole second half of the film! So I think the period film rumor is bull. However, I think it really would work for to do a period Wonder Woman film. It would really emphasize the coming into the "world of men" aspect.

Christopher Roberts on Nov 13, 2014


Actually the whole period piece thing sounds good to me, sounds fresh. If the visuals are done well, think Great Gatsby with a bit of Boardwalk style thrown in, it could be really unique.

Goodfella on Nov 13, 2014


That's great for DC, but I'll just wait for Captain Marvel instead.

Tuomas Lassila on Nov 12, 2014



Rock n Rollllll on Nov 13, 2014



Tuomas Lassila on Nov 13, 2014


Also can they leave the whole bondage stuff out, just would seem wrong and out of place with her now.

Goodfella on Nov 13, 2014


That plot seems pretty cheesy to me. What is Wonder Woman going to do with her superpowers in the 1920's? Fight chauvinism?

TheOct8pus on Nov 13, 2014

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