Just when it started to look like Warner Bros.’ DC Cinematic Universe was starting to come together, it loses one of its directors. Last week, we reported on rumors that The LEGO Movie directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord may direct The Flash, while the studio was considering making an offer to James Wan (Furious 7) to direct Aquaman. Green Lantern and Shazam were some of the other films that would need to find directors as well. But one film we haven’t heard from was Wonder Woman.
Since last November, the only major development revealed was that Pan writer Jason Fuchs was writing the script. Now, it appears that the WB will have to search for a new director, as Michelle MacLaren is stepping down citing “creative difference” as her reason for leaving the high-profile project.
Warner Bros. issued a statement to THR saying,
Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together.
Of course if you follow the Hollywood trades and blogs, “creative differences” could mean any number of things, from the vision and tone of the character or something else entirely. The last major female director to be attached to a major superhero film was Patty Jenkins, who nearly directed Thor: The Dark World, only to exit the project. She was eventually replaced by Alan Taylor.
We won’t really know the specifics of the split until later on. As you may remember, details as to why Edgar Wright dropped out of Ant-Man didn’t stay buried for long.
Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the title character, was expected to begin filming this Fall. Though the official plot is being kept under wraps, it was rumored that the film could take place during different time periods, starting in 1920s, then moving into the 1940s, before closing out in modern times.
MacLaren is best known for directing numerous episodes for Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. And much like how Marvel was doing some speedy courting to find a director for Ant-Man, I expect that WB would be doing the same thing for Wonder Woman if they expect to meet their Fall 2015 start date.
Wonder Woman is tentatively scheduled for a June 23, 2017 release.