As Warner Bros. begins to amp up its production of DC Comics-based films, the studio is reportedly zeroing in on a director to take on a solo film starring Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.
According to Variety, Michelle MacLaren, a producer and director on “Breaking Bad,” as well as a director of several “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” episodes, is reportedly in negotiations to bring the Amazonian warrior to life on the big screen in a solo film for the first time in the character’s 73-year existence. If she is indeed up for the job, she will be the second “Game of Thrones” director to make the transition to directing a large comic book film, after Alan Taylor directed last year’s Marvel Studios sequel Thor: The Dark World.
This news is especially interesting when coming off of the recent comments made by director Lexi Alexander, who said that she would not be pursuing the job of directing Wonder Woman because of the intense pressures and opaque behind-the-scenes processes that studios place on the shoulders of female directors. Alexander made some excellent points about not just the weight of a massive production being on the back of the film’s director, but the very perception of gender equality in the film industry that has a multi-generational icon of feminine power at the head of it. Both MacLaren and Alexander were on our list of possible directors for a Wonder Woman film, and chances are that one of the reasons the studio may be seeking MacLaren out is because of the inherent discipline that comes with directing episodes for television, which have far more limited time-frames and budgets with which to operate.
Warner Bros. did not comment to Variety about the veracity of their story, so we’ll likely have to wait a bit longer for official confirmation. Either way, it’s wonderful for comics fans that the studio is actively moving ahead on a film featuring a character that definitely deserves one by now, but there’s certainly a tinge of the bittersweet because chances are that Lexi Alexander is absolutely right about the unequal pressures and blames that could be placed on a female director if the film doesn’t succeed.
To read Alexander’s comments in their entirety, be sure to check out her interview with Fast Company, and for any new developments regarding the Wonder Woman film, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation!
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