Michelle MacLaren Directing 'Wonder Woman' with Zack Sndyer as Producer

Monday, 24 November 2014 17:24 Written by  iamrogue
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Michelle MacLaren Directing 'Wonder Woman' with Zack Sndyer as Producer

It took a while, but the day has finally come when a woman directs a major superhero movie.

Michelle MacLaren has signed on to direct Wonder Woman, the first solo live action movie for the most famous superheroine in the history of comics.

The superhero age of blockbuster cinema has been going on for about twelve years, so it's about damn time that a female director got a fair shake at one of these mega-movies.  Patty Jenkins was on board Thor: The Dark World for a bit and Lexi Alexander helmed the ludicrous little Punisher: War Zone, but Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic superheroes on the books, one who has been hasn't even been under-served onscreen.  She's never been served at all, let alone under-served.

Obviously, this is kind of a big deal for a number of different reasons, all of which we ought to be excited about.

The most exciting thing, though, is that MacLaren is a hell of a director.  She made some of the very best episodes of AMC's Breaking Bad, which is saying a lot.  An executive producer on that rightly popular show, she also recently directed a handful of episodes of two other beloved series, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

She's been the frontrunner to direct Wonder Woman for spell, beating out a crowded field of candidates that also included The Babadook director Jennifer Kent and Lesli Linka Glatter, a producer and director on Homeland.

MacLaren is fully on board Diana Prince's first solo event movie as director, and according to THR's Heat Vision, she's not just a hired gun: she's actively working the as-yet unspecified writer or writers to develop the Wonder Woman story.

Zack Snyder is producing, which everybody assumed because the DC Cinematic Universe that Warner Bros. has been whipping up is basically the Snyderverse.  Also producing is his longtime producing partner and significant other Deborah Snyder, along with Charles Roven of the Dark Knight movies.

Gal Gadot is set to star as Wonder Woman, making her live-action cinematic debut in Snyder's 2016 super-slugfest Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Though Diana Prince didn't make the cut on the Batman v. Superman title, she's a major player in the quasi-Man of Steel sequel, sporting her full-blown costume and joining Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in onscreen fistcuffs.  Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, and Ezra Miller are expected to have cameos teeing up Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash.

Wonder Woman is set to open in theaters on June 23, 2017, more than a year before Marvel finally makes a female superhero movie with Captain Marvel.    Gadot will then reprise the role in Justice League: Part One (November 12, 2017) and Justice League: Part Two (June 14, 2019).

If one rumor is to be believed, Wonder Woman has an unexpected setting, starting out on Paradise Island before taking Diana into the world of men...in the 1920s.  Could be a fascinating approach to the character, one that could really underline the notions of female empowerment that have long been given pop-art expression by Wonder Woman.

Speaking of which, Jill Lapore's The Secret History of Wonder Woman is now in hardcover.  It's a pretty remarkable look at the character's history and the life of her creator, William Moulton Marston, a psychologist who contributed to the invention of the polygraph machine.  A man with vital (and almost unbelievable) connections to the suffrage movement, Marston meant for Wonder Woman to personify female power, but also deliberately modeled her after pin-up models and never hesitated to indulge in kinky shenanigans through her.

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