A power house behind fan favorites like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, Michelle MacLaren has been chosen to develop and direct the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. The stand alone project is set for a 2017 release and staring Gal Gadot, who will debut the role in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Sources claim there was pressure from within the studio to hire a female director for the project, which makes sense since the title character is such a strong symbol of female empowerment. In many cases women have secured their spot as equal to the task across several genres, no women has yet tackled the job of directing a comic book movie. Several female directors were interviewed, including Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), before the studio settled on MacLaren.
As the project is still in the earliest stages of development little is known about the story it will tell. MacLaren’s background (X-Files, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead) leans to the darker side of life, so fans are hopeful that the film will not be a cutesy chick flick, but rather one that shows the true strength of the character, with just as much action as comic movies with male leads. Maybe a little more of the skull crushing bad ass the current comic incarnation of Wonder Woman is and less of the ladylike Linda Carter we grew up with?
MacLaren’s work directing the Game of Thrones episode The Bear and the Maiden Fair, where in (SPOILERS) Brienne of Tarth is forced to battle a bear, might be the prime example of what MacLaren could do with the Amazonian princess.
A gritty, raw interpretation of Wonder Woman’s adventures could turn the tide within the genre, opening doors as the comic version did, for other strong female heroes to show they too, mean business.
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