Michelle MacLaren No Longer Directing the Wonder Woman Solo Film

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 9:39AM
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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 9:39AM
Michelle MacLaren No Longer Directing the Wonder Woman Solo Film
Fans of genre television cheered a couple of months ago when veteran showrunner Michelle MacLaren was tapped to direct the solo Wonder Woman film, but now it seems we all celebrated too soon. MacLaren has officially split from the studio, reportedly as a result of "creative differences."

"Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together," Warner Bros. said in a statement first published by THR.

This is a loss for many different reasons, not least as a result of MacLaren's amazing pedigree. She's known for directing episodes of several high-quality genre favorites, including The X-Files, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Breaking Bad, the latter of which won her several Emmys. But this is also a loss for female directors, as MacLaren would have been the only woman to direct a superhero movie aside from Punisher: War Zone's Lexi Alexander, who has often spoken out about the sexism she has faced as a female director

"Creative differences" is also suspiciously vague, and was also the cited reason that Marvel controversially gave Patty Jenkins the boot for Thor: The Dark World a few years ago. Jenkins would have been the first woman to direct a Marvel film, and she was replaced with a man, but hopefully Warner Bros. will diverge from that path and hire one of the many talented female directors who would be more than qualified for this project.

And as for MacLaren? She'll be fine regardless, although we hear whispers of her possibly directing Captain Marvel, which would be hilarious. 

Wonder Woman is currently scheduled to be released sometime in 2017.
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