Way back in November it was announced that TV Director Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones) was set to direct DC's upcoming "Wonder Woman" stand alone film, however now it seems that "Wonder Woman" has lost MacLaren and is in need of another director.
It's been reported that DC and MacLaren parted ways due to "creative differences", "Wonder Woman" as of yet does not have a replacement director.
“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together,” Warner Bros stated.
Many fans were pleased when MacLaren was brought on board to direct the upcoming female lead superhero film as her previous work had impressed. She had directed many fan favorite episodes of "Breaking Bad" and "Game Of Thrones", so she certainly proved herself at handling genre material. "Wonder Woman" will have been MacLaren's first feature length film.
Warner Bros. are keen to hire a female director for the female lead film as they feel it will diversify their slate even more but I don't quite share the same sentiment. I believe that you get the right director for the job regardless of gender, but I appreciate WB's thinking.
MacLaren has proven time and time again that she knows how to tell a story, so I doubt the studio was doubting her talents, from what I've heard it sounds like the creative differences were quite big differences. Her vision sounds like it was clashing with WB's idea for the film in almost every single way. There are reports that say MacLaren wished for Wonder Woman to have a 'tiger sidekick' that she could converse and fight evil with. Now whilst that sounds very different and interesting, I can understand WB/DC not really seeing that pleasing fans.
The issue of the creative differences seems odd to me though, this seems like something that should have been discussed between the director and the studio a long time ago, before the deal was made, unless MacLaren had a very sudden change of mind about her ideas for the film, but I doubt thats the case.
"Wonder Woman" stars Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as the title character and is set to hit theaters June 23rd 2017. Gadot will first appear in "Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice" which hits theaters March 2016.