Yesterday, I was saddened to learn that Michelle MacLaren bowed out of directing the Wonder Woman feature for the DC Cinematic Universe. I was exited to hear that the female-led superhero venture tabbed a female director and MacLaren has extensive experience in directing dramatic television material such as Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead. With MacLaren and DC fostering creative disagreements regarding the Gal Gadot-led feature, work needed to be done to find a suitable replacement for MacLaren and apparently DC did their work quickly. Patty Jenkins has been tapped as new director for Wonder Woman.
I was impressed to hear that Jenkins landed the gig because her name sounded very familiar. She was speculated to direct Thor: the Dark World two years ago, but she couldn’t find common ground with Marvel, thus opening the door for Alan Taylor. Jenkins also directed Monster, the film where Charlize Theron won her first Academy Award in 2003. She has been making a living with television projects such as Entourage, The Killing and one episode of Arrested Development. Looking at Jenkins’ resume, Monster does give her something of an edge; she has experience directing a female-leading cinematic vehicle and maybe she can stick with DC since she was burned by Marvel a while back. Good luck Ms. Jenkins.
The only known details about Wonder Woman are thus: Gal Gadot will star after she debuts in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jason Fuchs is writing the screenplay, Scott Eastwood is said to co-star and Wonder Woman is scheduled for a June 23, 2017 slate in theaters.