Having already announced their intended DC Comics movie slate through 2020, Warner Bros. is wasting not time moving these projects forward. 2016’s “Suicide Squad” already has a director in “Fury” filmmaker David Ayer, and now 2017’s “Wonder Woman” is ramping up as well.
Variety and The Wrap report that Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Michelle MacLaren has emerged the frontrunner for the directing gig and is now in talks to guide the story of Amazonian Princess Diana of Themyscira. Actress Gal Galdot (“Fast & The Furious” franchise) has already been cast as Wonder Woman and will be making her first appearance as the character in the upcoming WB super hero film “Superman V. Batman: Dawn Of Justice.” That film will introduce several of the super heroes that will team-up for 2017’s “Justice League: Part 1” movie (DC’s version of “The Avengers” essentially; ironically Joss Whedon’s “Wonder Woman” movie could not get off the ground circa the mid aughts).
Michelle MacLaren has made her name in the world of prestige TV, winning back-to-back Primetime Emmy Awards for producing “Breaking Bad” in 2013 and 2014. MacLaren has also directed episodes of HBO‘s “Game Of Thrones,” “The Leftovers,” AMC‘s “The Walking Dead,” and CBS‘ “NCIS” among many, many others. She has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards all and all.
“Wonder Woman” would be the first female-led super hero film since Jennifer Garner starred as “Elektra,” the “Daredevil” spin-off in 2005. Before that would be “Catwoman” in 2004 and “Supergirl” in 1984, but it’s entirely possible there’s another example I’m forgetting. Marvel’s “rival” first female-led super hero film “Captain Marvel” will arrive in 2018.