It appears that we now have a Wonder Woman director, and the choice gives fans of both the comics and filmmaking in general reason to rejoice. When Warner Bros. first announced it was officially moving forward with a Wonder Woman movie, one of the first directors that immediately came to mind was Michelle MacLaren. She’s been doing incredible work in television for years, helming notable episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead, and her move to feature filmmaking has been long overdue. Some welcome news came a couple of weeks ago when it was reported that MacLaren was actually in talks to take the helm of WB’s Wonder Woman movie, and now word comes that MacLaren will indeed develop and direct the film. More after the jump.
The folks over at THR report that MacLaren has now signed on to not only direct Wonder Woman, but to help shaped the film as well. MacLaren will develop the feature alongside the project’s writers, though the identities of the scribes remain under wraps for now.
Apparently MacLaren was one of the top choices to take the helm from the beginning, taking meetings back in August for the project. Warner Bros. also met with Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Lesli Linka Glatter—another excellent TV director whose work includes Homeland—but after exploring other options, the studio then came back to MacLaren, whose TV resume proves she’s more than ready to handle her own feature.
The report adds that Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, and Charles Roven will produce the film, which makes sense given that the trio also produced Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It appears that the Snyders and Roven are the closest thing Warner Bros. has to a Kevin Feige when it comes to its own DC Universe.
Gal Gadot has already been cast as the titular superhero for her first appearance in Batman v Superman, and a recent rumor for the Wonder Woman movie claims the feature will take place in the 1920s and begin in the Amazon, acting as a prequel of sorts to BvS and kicking off a trilogy of standalone Wonder Woman films. That report remains a rumor for now, and MacLaren will no doubt have plenty of input on the script at this key stage of development so the story could be changed significantly.
This is exciting stuff, as Wonder Woman is poised to be not only the first female-led superhero movie of the modern era (Marvel Studios has Captain Marvel on tap for 2018—18 films deep into the MCU), but also the first major superhero movie directed by a woman. It’s about damn time.
Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 23, 2017.