‘Wonder Woman’ Finds New Director

'Wonder Woman' Director: Patty Jenkins to

After Michelle MacLaren dropped out of the “Wonder Woman” movie as director, sources tell Variety that Patty Jenkins has been tapped to take over the job.

MacLaren left the project earlier this week due to creative differences with the studio. Sources say her departure was only a minor speed bump, and production is still set to begin in the fall as originally planned.

Gal Gadot is still attached to star as the Amazon princess-turned-superhero, who plays a major part in the Justice League. The pic is set to bow sometime in 2017.

Jenkins was the first choice to direct another big comicbook film, “Thor: The Dark World,” but eventually left the project, also because of creative differences, with Marvel finally securing Alan Taylor for the gig.

Jenkins is repped by CAA and most recently worked in TV, directing episodes of “The Killing” and “Betrayal.” Her feature debut was the critically acclaimed “Monster” in 2003, which won Charlize Theron an Oscar.

The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Ja Jung says:

    I hope Patty Jenkins can use her Thor connections and insist on Jaime Alexander for the lead. Gal Gadot will just make her job 100 times harder. And it already has. Studios spend millions in marketing to create Hype, but here we have the opposite.

    Mandating that Gadot be cast for this role despite her being the choice of another director, has created an anti-hype from day 1, to a point that countless fans are pledging not to see the movie. We’re talking about a lead character not some tertiary role. This is what Jenkins as would any other director has to overcome. Gadot is not the face of an icon like Wonder Woman. There are hundreds of leading ladies who could fill the void far better than her. Give the icon a fair shot at succeeding by removing Gadot.

    If WB thinks a skinny actress would be good, why not Jennifer Carpenter. She has far far better range as an actress than Gadot.

  2. Recalling the CATWOAN feature film; rather there be no movie of Wonder Woman than a lousy one.

  3. Mr Anonymous says:

    “Creative differences” usually means either the director or the studio wanted to do something totally stupid with the character that would essentially ruin the movie. Let’s hope it was the director, but more than likely it’s the studio that wants the dumb stuff and refused to budge on it.

  4. Bs says:

    I do hope it’s the picture distorting the actress. But Wonder Woman in my mind has been a curvy strong looking woman. Gal Gadot looks too skinny, but like I said it might just be the cgi lava distorting her actual shape.
    Having said that us DC fanboys were wrong about Heath ledgers joker. The only problem is zack Snyder isn’t Chris Nolan.

  5. Red Dragon says:

    What needs to change is the movie’s star, she looks nothing like Wonder Woman.

  6. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    Patty is a wonderful choice.. and she will give the perfect blend of reality driven grit hopefully to the characters. Its tough coming in for somebody else. Hopefully it will be a smooth ride for now on.. best of luck Patty. jv in orlando

  7. Wayne P. says:

    Notice I mentioned a GOOD Wonder Woman movie!

  8. Wayne P. says:

    I am beyond ready for a good Wonder Woman movie.

  9. Matt Murdock says:

    Directors of character-driven fare making their debut on vfx-driven action fare do not usually, ahem, fare well. It takes a director with a strong, experienced acumen for visual action sequences to really deliver one of these films, even when the studio leaves the action scenes up to a technical team.

    I wish her well. It won’t be easy.

  10. Isacc Alves says:

    Great choice! I love MONSTER!

  11. Leon says:

    Women director for Wonder Woman. Isn’t that a bit on the nose. I mean talk about degrading to women. Women direct women movies. Kind of sexists. I mean unless you’re a loser like Paul feige. Who ruins everything including ski patrol.

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