WARNER BROS. AND DC Entertainment wasted little time in making sure that news about their highly anticipated Wonder Woman movie didn’t have time to go negative.
Shortly after it was announced that Michelle MacLaren would no longer be attached to direct WB’s first live-action motion picture staring DC Comics’ Amazon princess, Patty Jenkins has been selected as the new director, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Both directors owe a little of their Wonder Woman fates to creative differences. MacLaren is said to have departed the Wonder Woman movie over divergent visions — not unlike Jenkins, who was set to direct the Marvel sequel “Thor: The Dark World,” but left after not sharing the same master plan as the studio’s head honchos.
If Jenkins had directed Thor, she might not have been available for the Wonder Woman film, which is slated for 2017. Now, Jenkins — an Emmy-nominated director who wrote and directed “Monster” (for which Charlize Theron won an Oscar) — finds herself guiding a movie about the most recognizable female superhero in comics history.
Gal Gadot, of course, is WB/DC’s Wonder Woman, appearing first in next year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” before launching the character’s solo franchise and joining in on the Justice League movies.
Justice League needs its Wonder Woman, and the success of her solo films are crucial as WB/DC ramps up to its all-star teaming. Thus, the studio and the Wonder Woman director have to be especially in sync as Jenkins works within the larger creative apparatus that is the DC cinematic universe.
And for Jenkins, going Amazonian just might suit her better than Asgardian.