Michelle MacLaren Parts Ways with 'Wonder Woman' at Warner Bros.
We haven't even begun to expand the DC Comics cinematic universe with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice yet, but the future slate of superhero films at Warner Bros. is already having some trouble. THR has learned that director Michelle MacLaren has dropped out of the director's chair for Wonder Woman, one of the DC Comics films that would give the Justice League heroine her first big screen venture. The studio says, "Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together." Well, that's a bummer. More below!
There were plenty of people excited by the prospect of a female director taking on Wonder Woman, especially one with shows like "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," and "Game of Thrones" under her belt. Surely Warner Bros. will try to find another female to replace MacLaren, but that doesn't make this any less disappointing. Before MacLaren took the gig, pursued directors included Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, The Peacemaker), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight) and Julie Taymor (Across the Universe) and Tricia Brock ("The Walking Dead"), so maybe the studio will go back to one of those contenders for the job now.
For some reason, the comic book films have had trouble bringing on and keeping a female director behind the camera. Patty Jenkins was originally slated to direct Thor: The Dark World, but she ended up parting ways with Marvel Studios as well. But Gal Gadot is still slated to lead the film, and last we heard, this summer's Pan writer Jason Fuchs was going to script the film. Wonder Woman was previously slated for release on June 23rd, 2017, but as of now it's unclear if this trouble with keeping their director will end up slowing down the production schedule and possible delay the film. Maybe this is why the studio is quickly trying to get Aquaman together with James Wan being their top choice to direct. Stay tuned. Worried?