Michelle MacLaren has announced her departure as director from the production of the upcoming Wonder Woman film. MacLaren cited creative differences as the reason for her departure.
The studio released a statement,
“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together.”
MacLaren is an Emmy-winning director who joined the project in November of last year. Warner Bros. had spent months searching for a female director specifically to take lead on the super heroine project.
Wonder Woman would have been the director’s feature film debut but she is known for working on several critically acclaimed projects including The X-Files, HBO’s Game of Thrones and multiple AMC productions like The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and spin-off Better Call Saul.
It is interesting that MacLaren has departed a comic book film project. Four years earlier, Patty Jenkins was set to direct Thor: The Dark World, but she left the film ALSO citing creative differences. MacLaren would have been only the second female to direct a comic-book superhero film, joining Lexi Alexander’s 2008 Punisher: War Zone. What are these “creative differences” that are regularly driving female directors away from comic book films?
Currently, Wonder Woman remains in line to hit theaters in 2017. It stars Gal Gadot in the titular role who will make her first appearance in the role in Zack Snyder’s forthcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,