Director Michelle MacLaren has left Warner Bros.’ in-development “Wonder Woman” film, according to The Hollywood Reporter, due to cited “creative differences.” THR has a statement from the studio: “Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together.”
MacLaren, a noted television director with experience on “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones,” was reported in November as signed on to direct and develop “Wonder Woman,” planned for 2017 and starring Gal Gadot in the title role. It would have been MacLaren’s feature debut, and is the first live-action film starring the long-running DC Comics icon, though Gadot is set to be introduced in the role in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
As noted by THR, this is the second time a woman director has left a major superhero film in its development — “Monster” director Patty Jenkins was originally on board to helm Marvel Studios’ “Thor” sequel, before leaving the production. Female directors on superhero films has been a rare occurrence, with 2008’s “Punisher: War Zone,” directed by Lexi Alexander, standing as the most prominent recent example.
The Wrap reports MacLaren may not be out of the superhero circle for long, now rumored as a frontrunner to helm Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” film currently being written by Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve.
“Wonder Woman” is part of a robust slate of DC-based superhero films in development at Warner Bros., all part of the shared universe that started with 2013’s “Man of Steel.”
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