Breaking Bad's Michelle MacLaren Officially Signs On to Direct Wonder Woman
Emmy winner Michelle MacLaren has officially signed on to direct the upcoming Wonder Woman solo movie, which will star Gal Godot as the titular hero. MacLaren will also reportedly develop the script for the film.
MacLaren is one of the most accomplished creative minds in television; she was a director and executive producer for The X-Files and Breaking Bad. She has also directed episodes of acclaimed genre favorites Game of Thrones, The Leftovers and The Walking Dead. (For Walking Dead fans, she directed last season's infamous finale in which Rick (spoiler!) rips a man's throat out with his teeth, which many consider to be one of the best episodes of the series.)
MacLaren will be the first woman to direct a superhero movie since Lexi Alexander helmed Punisher: War Zone, and the second woman to direct a mainstream superhero film overall. This is a positive development, but as we said when she was first considered, choosing Michelle MacLaren for Wonder Woman in particular feels like tokenizing. Considering her significant accomplishments as a writer and director (many of which are not listed in this article), she could just as easily have been considered for any other superhero movie. Some would argue that she wasn't because she's never directed a feature film, but that didn't stop Alan Taylor from directing Thor: The Dark World or the Russo brothers from directing Captain America: Winter Soldier. Similarly, MacLaren doesn't have any experience in the big-budget superhero genre, but neither did Marc Webb when he was chosen for the Spider-Man films, or Gareth Edwards when he was tapped for Godzilla. Historically, these decisions have come down to talent far more than experience, and MacLaren and other accomplished women should have been considered for these jobs a long time ago.
Wonder Woman will be released in June 2017.