'Breaking Bad' Director Michelle MacLaren Lands '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?