One more piece of DC and Warner Bros.’ shared movie universe puzzle has fallen into place, with the Wonder Woman movie set for 2017 starring Gal Gadot having reportedly found its director, given the sources stating that frontrunner Michelle MacLaren has now signed on to develop and direct the film.
Since the solo film was officially announced to follow Gadot’s first appearance in the role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, rumors have swirled that Warner Bros. was on the search for a female director (hedging their bets in bringing the most iconic female superhero to life on film). With that leaving an admittedly small group to choose from, MacLaren’s name was quickly mentioned as a likely option, given her work behind the camera on acclaimed TV shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad.
Now THR reports that MacLaren has signed on, after being courted by the studio since August. With no screenwriter(s) officially announced (but some truly odd story rumors already appearing) MacLaren will now join those crafting Wonder Woman’s first big screen solo film in the modern age, as well as directing the production.
The only real information that fans have at present comes from producer Charles Roven, who recently explained that in Zack Snyder’s Justice League universe (as well as DC’s New 52 canon), the famous Amazonian princess will be the daughter of Zeus (how the writers intend to work ancient Greek gods into their existing mythology remains to be seen). Presumably, MacLaren will be brought in on exactly what Snyder and WB are preparing for her debut alongside Batman and Superman to better handle the follow-up story (or 1920s prequel).
In most cases, movie fans would be somewhat put off by a studio actively seeking a member of a specific gender for a director’s chair – but Wonder Woman is a truly unique proposition. As the first woman to helm a solo film for Fox, Sony, Marvel or DC in this new world of star-studded shared universes, the pressure to shatter an old-fashioned assumption was always a given.
And – as evidenced by the trouble WB had finding a female director with blockbuster experience – MacLaren’s hiring means the film stands to challenge yet another.
Luckily, MacLaren’s work and talent make her a strong choice regardless of gender. In fact, she becomes another TV/indie director handed the reins of a blockbuster property alongside Gareth Edwards (Star Wars), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), the Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and more. MacLaren’s knack for character-driven tension has been proven – but how (or even if) she’ll approach big screen action in Wonder Woman is something fans will have to wait to see for themselves.
What do you think of the selection? Is a director responsible for some highly acclaimed television work a compelling choice in your eyes, or was there another director you thought would be right for the film? Sound off in the comments.
Wonder Woman will be in theaters June 23, 2017.
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