Back in late October, it was reported that Warner Bros. was looking for a female director to helm their upcoming solo superhero film Wonder Woman - and today it looks like they have made their choice. New reports are surfacing saying that the producer/director Michelle MacLaren is now in negotiations with Warner Bros. to helm, which will star Gal Gadot (pictured above).
As Variety points out in their scoop, MacLaren hasn't actually directed a feature film before - but if you watch a lot of quality television there is a very good chance that you have seen her work. In addition to being an executive producer on Breaking Bad, she also helmed 11 episodes of the series including the famous mid-series finale of the fifth season (which I won't spoil here for those who haven't seen the show, but features a character having a epic realization while sitting on a toilet)
Beyond her brilliant work on Breaking Bad, Michelle MacLaren's other directorial credits include multiple episodes of both Game of Thrones as well as The Walking Dead. She has also been tapped to helm the second episode of the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul (which will begin airing next year).
While Michelle MacLaren won't be the first female filmmaker to ever make a comic book movie - that title belongs to Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander - this is still a pretty big deal. In the modern age of comic book movies we have not yet seen a female fronted film, and with Wonder Woman locked in for a 2017 release date the project will be the first (beating Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel to screens by about two years). As Lexi Alexander put it in a recent interview, that alone would put a lot of pressure on any filmmaker, but MacLaren sadly will also have something to prove because of her gender (if she gets the gig).
Do you think Michelle MacLaren is a good choice to direct Wonder Woman? If you don't think she's the right pick, who would you choose to helm the film? Does it make you nervous that she has never directed a feature before, or does her wealth of experience in television make up for it? Answer our poll below, and expand on your thoughts in the comments section!
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