'Breaking Bad' Helmer is the Frontrunner to Direct 'Wonder Woman'

Thursday, 13 November 2014 07:50 Written by  iamrogue
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'Breaking Bad' Helmer is the Frontrunner to Direct 'Wonder Woman'

The most famous female superhero in comic book history is finally getting hero own solo movie. 

So Warner Bros. has to find someone to direct Wonder Woman.

The studio is looking for a female director, what with the character being a symbol of feminine empowerment and the general lack of blockbusters helmed by women.

Warners may just have someone to oversee Wonder Woman, with Michelle MacLaren now the frontrunner to bring Amazonian action to the big screen.

MacLaren would be a damn fine choice.  Though she's directed almost exclusively television, it's been the sort of television that's strikingly cinematic and well-executed.  She most recently directed several episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones and The Leftovers, but she's best known as a producer and frequent director on AMC's Breaking Bad.  In fact, among her eleven directorial efforts there are several of the series' best chapters.  She has also directed installments of The Walking Dead.

So obviously Michelle MacLaren is a badass, and Warner Bros. is reportedly coming around to her badassness.  After initial meetings back in August, MacLaren reemerged as the top choice last week.

She's far from the only woman to whom the studio has been talking, and other candidates include The Babadook director Jennifer Kent, as well as Homeland director and co-executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter.

Apparently, Wonder Woman isn't guaranteed to have a female director, though, as "studio insiders say that Warners is not married to the idea of a female director," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

If a male helmer ends up with the job, it'll be a missed opportunity.  Lexi Alexander still stands as the only woman to direct a comic book movie with 2008's little-seen Punisher: War Zone.  Of course, Patty Jenkins was on board to direct Thor: The Dark World for awhile, but she split over creative differences and was replaced by Game of Thrones vet Alan Taylor.

A Y-chromosomal director is introducing the first-ever live action cinematic Wonder Woman.  Gal Gadot plays Diana Prince and her costumed alter ego in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder.

Per last month's DC movie mega-announcement, Wonder Woman is scheduled for release on June 23, 2017, followed by Snyder's Justice League: Part One on November 12, 2017.

A recent rumor suggested that Warner Bros. is plotting out a Wonder Woman trilogy with an unexpected chronology.  According to the rumor, the first film if a prequel that takes place principally on Paradise Island before bringing Diana into 1920s America.  A sequel would then jump to World War II, while a third movie would bring Gadot's Amazonian into a contemporary setting.

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