Great Hera! The Wonder Woman Movie Has A New Helmswoman!


By Karen Valenzuela, @VictoriaNoir89

Michelle MacLaren created quite a stir in the comics and superheroes world when she was announced as the director of the first ever Wonder Woman major motion picture a few months ago. Everyone was buzzing about the fact that WB chose a woman to direct such a momentous project. She had previously directed episodes of shows like Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul, along with Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

Last week, Warner Bros. stated that McLaren had left the project.

Once the announcement was made, it didn’t take long for the Internet community to wonder if sexism had a role in her leaving the project behind. It was pure conjecture, of course, since the statement only said “creative differences” had been the cause.

Many were left with worries about whether or not Wonder Woman would be pushed from its 2017 release to a later date. A few Negative Nancys and Neds vowed it would be scrapped altogether.

However, the public didn’t have to wait very long for further news about the empty director’s chair. Just two days after the announcement of MacLaren’s departure, Patty Jenkins was officially named as Wonder Woman’s new director.
Merciful Minerva, that was speedy!

This is fantastic news, not just because they replaced one great female director with another great female director, but also because they did it so quickly. One can only hope this ensures that filming will stay on schedule.

Not only has Jenkins had experience directing successful shows such as Entourage, The Killing, and Arrested Development, she also directed and wrote the award-winning film Monster in 2003. Her work on Monster is the thing I’m personally the most excited about. As depressing and bleak as the film was, it was also brilliant. The film crept under the real life serial killer’s outer skin and focused on the human inside, both the good and the bad.

I’d personally love to see how Jenkins handles Wonder Woman’s characterization in the film. Will we see the Diana Prince who exists underneath the Wonder armor? Maybe Jenkins might give us more of the woman and less of the wonder. What makes Wonder Woman tick? (Besides justice, of course.)

Considering Wonder Woman’s iconic history of being a feminist symbol, it will be interesting to see how Patty Jenkins teams up with screenplay writer Jason Fuchs and actress Gal Gadot to bring the superhero to life on the big screen.

Gal Gadot will star as Wonder Woman.

Gal Gadot will star as Wonder Woman.

Also noteworthy, Patty Jenkins was tapped to direct Thor: The Dark World, but ended up leaving the project because of, you guessed it, “creative differences.”

Warner Bros., along with producers Charles Roven, Zach Snyder, and Deborah Snyder, have two years until Wonder Woman’s 2017 release. That’s plenty of time for us to see more news about the project. There will certainly be more casting announcements in the near future, now that the Steve Trevor role has officially been filled—by Scott Eastwood, son of Clint, no less.

What are your feelings about Michelle MacLaren leaving the project, and the quick replacement in Patty Jenkins? What do you think we might see in the next two years before Wonder Woman’s official release? Let us know in the comments below!

Oh, one more thing: WONDAH WOMUUUUUUUUUN!!!!

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