Did you even know there was going to be a Wonder Woman movie? Well, if you did, it looks like you will have to wait even longer for it’s release. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that director Michelle MacLaren has left the Wonder Woman project due to creative differences. Was Michelle MacLaren fired or did she quit?
“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct ‘Wonder Woman’ together,” the studio said.
While the specific differences that caused the split are still unknown, it is very similar to the incident with Patty Jenkins, who parted ways with Marvel in 2011. Jenkins was set to direct Thor 2, which would have been the first Marvel move directed by a female, but she too had “creative differences,” with the studio and Marvel, and also resigned from the project. The sequel to Thor was handed over to Alan Taylor.
Rumors are not circulating that the world of super hero movies, and the producers behind them, may be sexist. This is the second time that a woman director has left a Marvel project because of creative differences. It is not like Michelle MacLaren was a new director either. She is highly experienced, and while Wonder Woman would have been her first big screen director debut, she has proven that she is more than capable of directing a great piece of television by working on shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul.
MacLaren was hired back in November to direct and plan the film, which will feature actress Gal Gadot as the star. Warner Bros. searched for a woman director specifically, and were thrilled to have MacLaren on board. It makes no sense for them to part ways after such a lengthy search.
The film is still scheduled to be released in 2017, but we are expecting an announcement soon, delaying the project.
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