Monster's Patty Jenkins Will Direct Wonder Woman

Thursday, 16 April 2015 - 9:43AM
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Thursday, 16 April 2015 - 9:43AM
Monster's Patty Jenkins Will Direct Wonder Woman
Take that, Marvel! Patty Jenkins, who lost the opportunity to be the first woman to direct a Marvel movie, will now direct Warner Bros.'s first female superhero movie. She has (very quickly) replaced Michelle MacLaren, who departed the project two days over "creative differences."

Although Jenkins doesn't have nearly as much nerd cred as Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones/Walking Dead/X-Files alum MacLaren, this is still equally exciting news. Jenkins has proven herself to be a major talent, especially with her debut feature Monster, the acclaimed docudrama that famously won Charlize Theron an Oscar, and with the widely appreciated pilot episode of The Killing. (She was also one of our top five directors to replace MacLaren, no big deal.) The fact that she's been given short shrift in recent years, particularly in film, only makes us more eager to see what she'll do with Wonder Woman. 

And although Warner Bros. needs no other incentive to hire Jenkins, it's pretty funny that she has essentially defected from Marvel. She was set to direct Thor: The Dark World in 2012, but like MacLaren, departed the project over "creative differences," and there were rumors that she was unceremoniously kicked off the project without being given enough of a chance. It also didn't look great for Marvel that they replaced her with a man, Alan Taylor, but they might have a chance to rectify that faux-pas if those rumors about MacLaren defecting to the Captain Marvel movie turn out to be true.

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

Via THR.
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