Hera, give her strength!
Michelle MacLaren is officially developing and directing [Wonder Woman](movie:45787) for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment! This brings us one step closer to a female-driven superhero movie with one of the most iconic characters in pop culture. I haven't felt this much excitement since that one time Diana was introduced to ice cream!
If Maclaren's past success is any indicator, the future of Wonder Woman is in extremely capable hands. She's made a name for herself directing powerful female subjects like Daenerys Targaryen in [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) and Skyler White in [Breaking Bad](series:200567). Sounds like a woman after Diana's own heart!
Based on the characters and storylines we have seen so far from MacLaren, here are a few elements from her past work that I hope to see in the new Wonder Woman universe.
Displaced royal bringing her beliefs to a new land
Much like Daenerys, Wonder Woman's origin story finds her adjusting to an unfamiliar territory while attempting to maintain her personal beliefs. She may not be seeking conquest, but Diana will almost certainly be tasked with bringing her ideology to a world that does not appreciate women. The World of Man is in for a rude awakening when they meet a woman who knows nothing of subservience or oppression.
Eye-popping fight sequences and battle scenes
As much as I love some character exploration and back story, no superhero movie is complete without the action scenes. MacLaren has offered us some of the most heart-pounding hours of television, and there's no way she would resist bringing that kind of spectacle to the big screen. Since Wonder Woman has been explored mostly through animation, I can't wait to see how a live-action movie will put her front and center in the middle of a battle.
Kickass women who refuse to sacrifice femininity
As a member of the Amazon warriors, Wonder Woman takes pride in her womanhood and proclaims that her femininity (her outfit, hair, bracelets, etc.) is a source of strength and pride. She refuses to play into the male notion of what makes a superhero powerful. MacLaren has already explored many different varieties of female power, so I'm hoping that she continues this nuanced trend with Wonder Woman (especially considering the "gritty" tone that the DC movies have been pursuing).
Gal Gadot will star as the Amazonian princess, her second onscreen appearance after Wonder Woman's debut in [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) due out in 2016. While no plot details are confirmed yet, the rumor mill maintains that Wonder Woman will be an origin story set in the 1920s, devoting the first half to two opposed Amazon sects battling for power. Supposedly, a man will arrive on the island, and his man-ness will completely throw off the female-only island. Diana will join this mystery man on a trip to the United States, where women, having only just gained the right to vote, are not treated with the kind of respect that befits Amazonian royalty.
If MacLaren's Wonder Woman is indeed an origin story, then I'm putting my money on this leading to a full-blown franchise.
What would you like to see in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie?