Wonder Woman: Five Directors Who Could Replace Michelle MacLaren

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 4:18PM
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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 4:18PM
Wonder Woman: Five Directors Who Could Replace Michelle MacLaren
We're still in mourning a little that Michelle MacLaren has left the Wonder Woman project, but the show must go on, so who should replace her? We've compiled a list of dream picks for Warner Bros.: five directors who are also talented, accomplished, and more than qualified to take on a major superhero movie.

Note: We've only included women in this list, partially because Warner Bros. is reportedly seeking a female director for the project. In a perfect world, this would be condescending, because qualified women should always be considered regardless of the gender of the protagonist. But unfortunately, female directors are given so few opportunities, we need to take what we can get.

Here's our list, in no particular order:

Patty Jenkins


Wonder Woman: Six Directors Who Could Replace Michelle MacLaren

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Patty Jenkins has proven her talent time and time again, most notably with Monster, the incredibly dark docudrama that famously won Charlize Theron an Oscar. On the genre side, she directed the pilot of The Killing. Regardless of what you think of The Killing as a whole (I personally think it's underrated), the pilot itself was widely acclaimed. She has gotten short shrift in recent years, particularly when she was (probably) kicked off of Marvel's Thor: The Dark World and lost the opportunity to be the first woman to direct a Marvel film. Many have been joking about Michelle MacLaren defecting to Captain Marvel, so it would only be fitting for Jenkins to defect to Wonder Woman.


Kathryn Bigelow


Wonder Woman: Six Directors Who Could Replace Michelle MacLaren

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Between The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, we know by now that Kathryn Bigelow is one of the most talented directors out there, and is more than capable of handling both the action and the human element that a Wonder Woman movie would require. Plus, Zero Dark Thirty featured a richly developed portrayal of a complex, female protagonist, so that works in her favor as well.


Moira Walley-Beckett


Wonder Woman: Six Directors Who Could Replace Michelle MacLaren

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Like Michelle MacLaren, Moira Walley-Beckett is a veteran of television, specifically Breaking Bad, which is widely acknowledged as one of the best shows of all time. She won an Emmy for directing the unforgettable episode, "Ozymandias," which is, in turn, considered to be one of the best episodes of television ever broadcast, and became the first woman to win an Emmy for directing since 1994.


Ava Duvernay


Wonder Woman: Six Directors Who Could Replace Michelle MacLaren

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Ava DuVernay's star has been on the rise for quite some time now, most notably when she won the Best Director Prize at Sundance for her second film, Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first black woman to win the award. Then, last year, she became the first woman to have a film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, although she was egregiously snubbed for Best Director. Of all our picks, she has the least experience with genre works, but many white male directors have been selected for huge superhero franchises who had little experience with genre films, and/or considerably lesser qualifications in general (Marc Webb, Colin Trevorrow, and Gareth Edwards, to name a few).

 

Lexi Alexander


Wonder Woman: Six Directors Who Could Replace Michelle MacLaren

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Punisher: War Zone was not necessarily a perfect film, but it is generally considered to be the best feature-length Punisher film, and the best portrayal of the character aside from the short "Dirty Laundry." Alexander herself has proven herself a formidable talent, particularly when her short film, Johnny Flynton, was nominated for an Oscar in 2003. She's also a card-carrying feminist, often speaking out about the discrimination women face in the film industry. As a result of this discrimination, she has expressed reluctance to join this project, but we can still dream. 

The Wonder Woman solo film stars Gal Godot as the titular superhero, and is set for a 2017 release date.
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