Sad news for Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie: Director Michelle MacLaren
The “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad”
and “The Walking Dead”
alum has parted ways with the project. Warner Bros. released a statement about the exit, which reads: “Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct ‘Wonder Woman’ together.”
Marvel Studios found itself in a similar situation several years back with its franchise’s first female director hire. Patty Jenkins, who was pegged to helm “Thor: The Dark World,” left that movie over “creative differences.” She was eventually replaced by “Game of Thrones” alum Alan Taylor.
There’s no need for a male director to take the place of MacLaren on “Wonder Woman,” especially since it’s no secret that there’s a gender discrepancy
behind the scenes of Hollywood — only a reported 17 percent of all directors, writers, producers and executive producers being female.
Since Warner Bros. has reportedly always been planning for a female director to helm “Wonder Woman,” here are some suggestions of replacements now that MacLaren is out.
1. Patty Jenkins
She might not have worked out on “Thor: The Dark World,” but clearly Jenkins has the makings of someone who can helm a superhero movie. Her most well-known movie is “Monster,” and she’s also directed episodes of “The Killing,” “Entourage”
and “Arrested Development.”
2. Mimi Leder
Leder is responsible for action movies like “Deep Impact” and “The Peacemaker,” though she’s been largely working on TV projects since the ’90s. If her episodes of “Shameless”
and “The Leftovers”
are any indication, then she’s definitely worthy of taking on as big a project as “Wonder Woman.”
3. Kimberly Peirce
The woman behind “Boys Don’t Cry” and 2013’s “Carrie” remake has shown she certainly has some range. Peirce might not have an action credit to her name, but her proven sensitivity with telling female-led stories proves that she can understand the woman behind Wonder Woman.
4. Catherine Hardwicke
The action scenes in “Twilight” might not be doing Hardwicke any favors, but she has a proven edge that seems to be exactly what Warner Bros. is going for with its DC cinematic universe. Between “Lords of Dogtown” and “Thirteen,” Hardwicke is at her best when she’s allowed to play with some grit.
5. Gwyneth Horder-Payton
6. Kathryn Bigelow
Bigelow needs no introduction. She is one of the most famous and well-established directors currently working, female or otherwise. To land her would be a huge get for Warner Bros., though it might not be the type of work Bigelow is looking for. In recent years, she’s earned awards love for her films “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker.”
7. Jodie Foster
Foster might be best known for her acting, but in recent years she’s taken a concerted interest in directing. Between episodes of “Orange Is the New Black”
and “House of Cards”
and movies like “The Beaver” and the upcoming thriller “Money Monster,” she’s proven she’s hungry for some big projects and could be itching for something on the scale of “Wonder Woman.”