This is fantastic news if everything pans out properly. For a long time now there’s been a much needed conversation about bringing more female directors to the forefront, whether it be for big superhero films or small indies. When Warner Bros. and DC announced that they would indeed be beating Marvel to the punch when it comes to making a standalone movie about a female superhero with Wonder Woman, there was quite a bit of speculation regarding which female director would get the gig (if a female director was even hired at all).
Michelle MacLaren was always on those speculative lists, often near the top. And for good reason. Not only can she handle character, but her episodes of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad rank as some of the most cinematic installments of those series (which is saying something when you’re going up against Rian Johnson and Neil Marshall). And now it looks like she might actually have the job. Hit the jump for more on Michelle MacLaren being in talks to direct the Wonder Woman movie. [Update: THR reports that Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland) have also met with Warner Bros.]
Per The Wrap:
Warner Bros.’s Wonder Woman movie may be zeroing in on a director choice — and a female one at that. Sources say Michelle MacLaren is emerging as a frontrunner to direct a Wonder Woman spinoff movie. Warners had no comment. It is unclear what stage of talks MacLaren is in with the studio, which is keeping a tight lid on its DC Entertainment-based projects. But sources say MacLaren has had several meetings with the studio regarding the project.
This, in my mind, is absolutely the right choice. Wonder Woman will of course be played by Gal Gadot, who will be making her debut appearance as the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice next year. The Wonder Woman movie is scheduled to hit cinemas on June 23, 2017. That year will also see the release of the new Wolverine movie, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, The Fantastic Four 2, Black Panther, and Justice League Part One. Be sure to check out our comprehensive list of superhero movie release dates from now up until 2020.