"Walking Dead's" Michelle MacLaren Is "Wonder Woman" Director Frontrunner

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has a frontrunner for its "Wonder Woman" film, and it's "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" director Michelle MacLaren. THR cites unnamed sources as stating MacLaren has had several meetings with Warner Bros. about the project.

Those unfamiliar with MacLaren will undoubtedly be familiar with her work. Not only has she directed episodes of "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones," she was also a director and executive producer on the critically acclaimed "Breaking Bad" and an executive producer on "The X-Files."

Should MacLaren head up the "Wonder Woman" film, it would be a rare instance of a female director on a superhero film -- Patty Jenkins was originally slated to direct Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," but was replaced by Alan Taylor (another "Game of Thrones" director) after departing the project over creative differences. (Lexi Alexander directed 2008's "Punisher: War Zone," not quite a superhero film but certainly based on a major comic book character.)

It was rumored earlier this month that Warner Bros. had already offered "Wonder Woman" to a female director -- and it's certainly possible that MacLaren could be that director.

"Wonder Woman" was part of the ambitious DC Comics film slate revealed in October. The film is set for a 2017 release with Gal Gadot reprising her role as the character that will first appear in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

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