This was expected, but now it’s been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter: Michelle MacLaren has officially signed on to develop and direct DC and Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman. Most widely known for her extensive TV work, MacLaren has directed episodes of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, and The X-Files.
Also included the running were Jennifer Kent (director of The Babadook), and Lesli Linka Glatter (director and executive producer for Homeland), both of which would have been interesting choices. I’m particularly interested in where Kent will go next, because The Babadook is a damn good movie. I’m glad to see the buzz is getting her noticed by the bigwigs.
Some will call it a gimmick, but I’m glad WB and DC have really stuck to their guns for Wonder Woman. They’ve beaten Marvel to the female director punch, and I think they’ve chosen well. MacLaren’s got a ton of experience, and is familiar with effects-driven filmmaking. MacLaren’s signing has increased my enthusiasm for the film, but that’s not saying a whole lot. Perhaps I’ll get interested once I know who’s writing the darn thing. If not then, perhaps Gal Gadot’s performance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will sway me.