Following reports earlier this week that Michelle MacLaren had walked away from the project due to creative differences, it has been revealed that Patty Jenkins has signed on to direct Warner Brother’s adaption of DC’s Wonder Woman.
Although best known for her work in television with projects such as Arrested Development (2004), Entourage (2006), The Killing (2011) and Betrayal (2013), Jenkins has a respectable history of working in cinema – most notably Monster (2003), which earned its protagonist (Charlize Theron) an Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama and the SAG Award. Noted film critic Roger Ebert declared it the best film of 2003 and, in 2009, called it the third best film of the decade.
In contrast, MacLaren, whilst a noted television director, had no previous motion picture experience; Wonder Woman would have been her directorial debut. The decision to hire Jenkins as director has been hailed by some (including Time Magazine) as proof that Warner Brothers are attempting to tackle the gender bias against female directors.
Jenkins had been tipped to direct the sequel to 2011’s Thor, 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, however, she walked away from the project following creative differences. If Jenkins had continued working on Thor: The Dark World, then she would have been the first female director on a Marvel film. It seems only appropriate that she will now become the first female director to handle a DC film.
Wonder Woman is currently expected to be released at some point in 2017. However, Wonder Woman will herself debut in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where she will be played by the talented Gal Gadot. Gadot’s latest project, Furious 7, was released on April 3 and currently holds an 82% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.com.