by Justin Cook
Director Michelle MacLaren has officially exited DC’s upcoming Wonder Woman film due to “creative differences” between her and Warner Bros.
In a statement released by Warner Bros. regarding the news they said, “Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together.”
Throughout her long career, MacLaren has directed episodes for such popular TV shows as Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul, The X-Files, Hell On Wheels, The Leftovers and NCIS.
Given all of her experience with TV, many fans thought MacLaren was a great choice to direct Wonder Woman, even though the project would have been her feature film debut.
Gal Gadot is still set to play the title character in the upcoming film, as DC begins the search for a new director to take over. Gadot will be making her first onscreen appearance as the character in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is being directed by Zack Snyder.
Wonder Woman will also be popping up in the 2017 Snyder-directed film Justice League Part One.
The solo Wonder Woman film is set for a June 23, 2017 release date; it is currently unclear if MacLaren’s departure will cause the film to be pushed back to a later date, especially because MacLaren had also been working with multiple writers on several different versions of the film’s script.
This news comes after the report that Furious 7 director James Wan may be joining the DC Cinematic Universe by helming Aquaman, and that LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are working on a treatment for The Flash.
Some have speculated that MacLaren may be a frontrunner to direct Marvel’s Captain Marvel due out in 2018, although at the time it is merely a rumor.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter