UPDATE: Patty Jenkins, who exited the director's chair of Marvel's Thor 2, will now direct Warner Bros' competing superhero movie.
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Hera, give me strength.
Amid positive buzz for the character's debut in [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870), director Michelle MacLaren has backed out of the [Wonder Woman](movie:45787) movie over "creative differences" with the studio. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. released this official statement, but it doesn't offer many specifics for us befuddled fans:
Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together.
I'm now on the lookout for knock-off Bracelets of Submission, so I can start deflecting all this devastating news.
Rumor has it that MacLaren and Warner Bros. clashed over major details of the plot, from the time period to Diana having a tiger sidekick who can communicate with her. Needless to say, any momentum on finalizing the script has come to a halt. Since MacLaren was "heavily involved" in writing them, whoever takes the helm now will most likely have their own vision, meaning more rewrites.
Regardless of any rumors, DC and Warner Bros. need to secure a new director soon in order to stay on track for their 2017 release date. To avoid any bad PR while staying in the spirit of the movie, it's highly probable that they will opt for another female director. But who could it be? These are the four talented women I've seen mentioned the most.
1. Kathryn Bigelow
I figured I would put Kathryn Bigelow on this list because her name keeps getting thrown into the Wonder Woman mix, and that possibility needs some clearing up. Bigelow, as far as we know, will NOT be directing Wonder Woman. In the past, she has strongly expressed her lack of interest in working on a superhero movie.
Between her Oscar and her penchant for well-crafted violence and drama, it makes sense why both fans and studios would want her to come on board, but it's not very likely. She has the creative and financial freedom to steer her own ship, and, by her own admission, it doesn't seem like she's changing course any time soon.
2. Jennifer Kent
In December, Warner Bros. and DC were reportedly approaching a few directors before they offered the spot to MacLaren, and widespread speculation tells me that those same women will comprise the current shortlist. Around that time, Warner Bros. flew out Jennifer Kent, who directed 2014's horror stunner [The Babadook](movie:1194465), to discuss upcoming projects.
Surprisingly, Kent said in an interview that they did not discuss Wonder Woman, but that hasn't prevented fans from wondering if she will be a fallback to MacLaren. Immensely talented and fiercely independent, Kent would bring a fire to Wonder Woman that I would love to see. One potential problem: she has two of her own films in the works, and she has implied that a script must really speak to her before she would join a high profile project.
3. Lesli Linka Glatter
Like Jennifer Kent, Lesli Linka Glatter was reportedly taking meetings with Warner Bros., and she's another who could be on the short list for Wonder Woman. Her experience mostly stems from television, where she has directed episodes of [Mad Men](series:200778), [True Blood](series:200767), and [Homeland](series:201880).
Glatter knows how to depict a strong female lead as a three dimensional character, and she's directed enough comedy to not get too bogged down in heavy drama. Even if Wonder Woman turns out to be extremely gritty, it will be important to capture the heart and positivity that Diana exudes. I'm interested to see how she would tackle a big action blockbuster, but there's no signs from tight-lipped DC that she's anywhere near a front-runner.
4. Patty Jenkins
Lastly, we come to the most interesting choice on the list. Fans who don't discriminate between DC and Marvel might recognize Jenkins as the original director of [Thor: The Dark World](movie:206462) (back when it was known as Thor 2). Jenkins was in a situation similar to MacLaren, where she left the project due to creative differences.
It would be an amazing marketing ploy and potentially a great choice in general for DC to scoop up Jenkins, known for her Academy Award-winning movie Monster, and get her behind the camera for Wonder Woman. Some fans are anticipating Jenkins getting Wonder Woman and MacLaren getting [Captain Marvel](movie:949779), a swap that would be almost too mind-blowing for me to handle.
Considering everything is so up in the air at this point, all of these choices are pure speculation. DC and Warner Bros. could shock everyone and opt for a male director, or they could go with someone they haven't shown interest in before. No matter who they choose, I just hope they announce the decision soon.