Michelle MacLaren In Talks to Direct ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie

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Sources tell Variety that “Breaking Bad” producer/director Michelle MacLaren is in talks to direct “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot.

Charles Roven will produce the Warner Bros. and DC standalone film with a tentative release date of June 23, 2017.

Warner Bros. had no comment on this story.

Plot details of the Wonder Woman feature are unknown. It’s also unclear whether or not this will be an origin film since the Wonder Woman character will first make her appearance in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which opens in March 2016.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara recently announced the DC slate at an investor meeting last month, which includes new DC/Justice League films from Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and more.

Over the years there have been many attempts to produce Wonder Woman film adaption of the popular comic book character, with “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon most recently flirting with the project.

WB also seems to be emulating what Universal did with “Fifty Shades of Grey” by hiring a female director to tackle the female-centric material.

MacLaren, repped by ICM Partners, has made a name for herself in television over the past couple of years with hit shows like “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad.” Given the cinematic feeling of her TV episodes, the leap to big-budget makes even more sense.

According to sources, Warner Bros. EVP of Production and Development Greg Silverman has always been a fan of MacLaren’s work and had been trying for awhile to find the right project for her.

Gadot, star of “Wonder Woman,” is expected to star in two more Justice League films in addition to “Batman v Superman” and the “Wonder Woman” standalone.

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  1. I believe the reason why no one don’t love the new WW costume because it look too much like Lucy Lawless’s original Xena costume instead looking like the costume from the 40’s.

  2. nearoffutt says:

    I am confused. The story says Wonder Woman but the picture is Xena.

  3. HiHat says:

    I agree with JEREMY — Gal Gadot can’t begin to fill Lynda Carter’s breastplate. The new WW is therefore doomed to fail…

  4. JEREMY says:

    Lynda Carter is the ONLY Wonder Woman I’LL ever need.

  5. DorothyParkerlite says:

    The thing that has always been a challenge with Wonder Woman is that her origin story is just not that great. As a fan, I’d welcome a rewrite as long as they kept the Greek mythological ties to her roots and emphasized that she, out of the triumvirate that founded the Justice Leage, was the only one that was a warrior from day one. I can live without Steve Trevor or Paradise Island. I don’t see her as an emissary for peace necessarily, but as the embodiment of pure justice. That whole thing with her being an ambassador of peace never sat well with me and seemed to be more of an excuse to make a female fighter more palatable to people who believed that physicality was something a woman would not willingly take on. I happen to think WW likes a good fight, like all us gals do!

  6. I forgot that Joss Whedon wanted Sarah Michelle Geller in the role of Wonder Woman. I know that she was great on Buffy The Vampire Slayers but WW I don’t think so. I believe that she wanted to do comedy role.

  7. Albert says:

    I’d love to go into a Warner meeting with the top executives and say “hey, remember that one time Joss Whedon was interested in directing a Wonder Woman movie for you guys? And then you said no? And then he went on to direct The Avengers and made Marvel an obscene amount of money? Good times”.

  8. Mary Anne says:

    Who cares who’s is the Director?
    Warner made a mistake in choosing this actress, who will want to see this movie with an actress who even remotely resembles the Wonder Woman?
    Warner don’t listen to fans when the movie fail at the box office they will know that the fault was theirs.

    • cadavra says:

      And you evidently weren’t listening in school when they taught spelling and grammar.

      • Mary Anne says:

        Look that. a “Green” Knight.
        The irony here is that Gal Gadot cannot speak English and he defends her that way, lol.
        You will never see her or talk shows comic con or any US tv Show talking, never.

  9. Chelsea says:

    Breaking Bad was great, I am in for Mitchell Malaren to direct the Wonder Woman movie.

  10. Wyatt says:

    She did a good job with Breaking Bad, I imagine she’ll do a good job with this one as well

  11. Stephen says:

    Sounds like a promising choice but just another example of DC putting the cart in front of the horse. Next they’ll schedule a release date, and then they’ll start shooting, and only then will they hire the first of ten writers to tackle the story.THE SCRIPT IS THE HORSE, GUYS.

    • DT says:

      So you’re ASSuming there’s no script? Wonder Woman has been under development for years. You seriously think they have no ideas?

  12. Joyce Tyler says:

    Michelle MacLaren is a really excellent choice. Sign her up, WB.

  13. I hope that she will become the new Wonder Woman director and I also hope that she will get involved with the New Supergirl series. Good luck to Michelle MacLaren.

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