The Internet has been busy at work trying to figure out who shall be the person to take on what is one of the biggest-deal super hero projects ever made – Wonder Woman. As it happens to be the first big-screen adaptation of this character and the first female-centric flick of the new generation of super hero film fandom, Warner Bros. it taking great care to make sure they do everything just right. And the beginning of said journey is, of course, finding the right person to direct it. Many names have been tossed about, but now an official announcement has confirmed exactly who we shall see sitting in the director’s chair – Michelle MacLaren.
The announcement was made via The Hollywood Reporter, who claim they have insiders who have confirmed the signing of the director. For those unfamiliar with MacLaren’s work, here’s the breakdown:
- Worked as an executive producer on Breaking Bad from 2011 to 2013.
- Worked as a co-executive producer on the X-Files from 2000 to 2002.
- Directing the pilot for Better Call Saul.
- Directed multiple episodes of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad.
- Has won 4 Emmys and been nominated for 11 more.
So, as you can see, she’s got a pretty damned impressive resume. The projects MacLaren has been involved with are serious, dark and gritty, which may lend itself well to a complex telling of the Wonder Woman story. She also has experience with big-budget productions in both the directorial and producing capacity, so she knows what goes into making an epic flick. The only issue I see is her lack of movie work, but what is a movie but a 2-hour, stand-alone television episode?
MacLaren’s name joins with her fellow executive producers Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven and the star of the movie, Gal Gadot. Will this be enough to bring us the Wonder Woman movie that everyone is hoping for? Only the movie’s release in 2017 will answer that question. Until then, let the speculation (and the fanboy whining and complaining) begin.