Michelle MacLaren Wanted To Make ‘Braveheart’-Esque ‘Wonder Woman’

Michelle MacLaren Wanted To Make 'Braveheart'-Esque 'Wonder Woman'

Warner Bros. is probably glad this week is coming to an end. Their "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" tease and setup for Monday’s IMAX event was ruined by the leak of the entire trailer. Then there’s "Wonder Woman," which lost director Michelle MacLaren, and while she was quickly replaced by "Monster" helmer Patty Jenkins, everyone is wondering what happened.

It was suggested that MacLaren’s idea to give Wonder Woman a talking tiger sidekick might’ve been part of the "creative differences" that split the studio and filmmaker, but Variety has a bit more intel. According to their sources, MacLaren wanted to make a "Braveheart"-esque action picture, while the studio wanted something more character-driven. Perhaps more crucially, the studio was concerned about MacLaren’s experience handling a big action movie, even though she has fare like "Game Of  Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" on her resume.

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The process of landing on a story was particularly involved, with up to five writers working on various drafts, and apparently MacLaren didn’t take to it well (and her story didn’t test well either, reportedly). But it seems thing are finally coalescing into a direction. Jenkins will helm a less action heavy variation of the movie, and testing will begin soon for the male lead and love interest, with everything still on track for a 2017 release date. Can "Wonder Woman" overcome the bumps in the road so far? Still plenty of time for Warner and company to get things smoothed out.

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Based on Man of Steel the WB’s idea of character driven is gloomy and joyless.


i think what the DC films lack is a sense of fun and adventure, which the Marvel ones have had in spades. what worked for Nolan’s Batman won’t necessarily work for Wonder Woman or Superman, imo.


After seeing that leaked trailer today, It would seem that WB makes a lot of bad decisions. Their movie don’t seem to know what to do compare to Marvel.


by testing, they mean polling the secretary pool? wtf? when has a major studio ever sunk a Braveheartesque action/adventure flick for a character driven one? when will common sense ever prevail around these parts?

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