Michelle MacLaren Parts Ways with 'Wonder Woman' at Warner Bros.

April 13, 2015
Source: THR

Michelle MacLaren / Wonder Woman

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?

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments


Kathryn Bigelow RIGHT NOW!

ragethorn on Apr 13, 2015


Bigelow, Jolie, just not someone like Sam Johnson or whatever her name is that directed 50 shades of grey

qweqwu on Apr 13, 2015


Not every 'good female director' will be right for a Wonder Woman movie just by the function of being female. Martin Campbell has directed some great films(GoldenEye and Casino Royale) and he was a terrible choice for Green Lantern. Some directors, male and female, just aren't a right fit for the material.

Chris Groves on Apr 14, 2015


What are you blabbing on about? Wait a second. Bigelow's a girl?

ragethorn on Apr 15, 2015


Angelina Jolie? I could definitely see them wanting to chase her down to direct seeing how Unbroken performed. Maybe even a role in the movie also along with directing.

Jordan Odinson on Apr 13, 2015


I wonder what the creative differences were..

Matthew on Apr 13, 2015


my guess is not adhering to a shared universe just like edgar wright

HG2012 on Apr 13, 2015


One website is just flatly stating that her and WB just couldn't agree on much creatively, even down to what time period the film would take place in.

Chris Groves on Apr 14, 2015


WB wanted more T&A. Michelle didn't want to objectify the heroine of the film in a sexual way.

TheOct8pus on Apr 14, 2015


The rumor is that MacLaren wanted to use a tiger as a sidekick for WW. No joke.

ragethorn on Apr 15, 2015


Eh.......i'm not worried.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 14, 2015


I say Taymor

OfficialJab on Apr 14, 2015


There's the swing...AND a miss!

DAVIDPD on Apr 15, 2015


Shame. Damn shame.

Mark Brackney on Apr 18, 2015

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