According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle MacLaren has signed on to direct and develop Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” film starring Gal Gadot. The director will reportedly work with as-yet unnamed writers on the project to develop a script.
MacLaren was first reported as a frontrunner to direct “Wonder Woman” earlier this month, when she was cited as having several meetings with Warner Bros. about the film. Her body of directorial work includes a number of critically acclaimed television series, including “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad.” She was also an executive producer on “The X-Files.”
With MacLaren in the driver’s seat for “Wonder Woman,” she is representative of a rare instance of a female director heading up a superhero film. Patty Jenkins came closest most recently, originally slated to direct Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” — she was replaced by Alan Taylor after leaving the project due to creative differences. In 2008, Lexi Alexander directed “Punisher: War Zone,” based on the popular Marvel vigilante.
While no writing team is currently in place, the film already has a June 23, 2017 release date. Gadot will first appear as Wonder Woman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” scheduled for release on March 25, 2016.