The Wonder Woman movie has now officially snagged a director.
Warner Bros. began its search for a Wonder Woman director over the summer, shortly before announcing an ambitious slate of DC Comics films that will include the 2017 release of the character's first-ever solo film. Many fans, as well as people involved in the selection process, were hoping a woman would direct the film, and earlier this month Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead director Michelle MacLaren emerged as the rumored frontrunner in Warners' search.
Now, it looks to be official. According to The Hollywood Reporter, MacLaren has signed on to helm the 2017 flick, making her the first woman to direct a superhero film since this age of shared-universe storytelling began. MacLaren was apparently a favorite for the job during the summer, but Warner Bros. was also interested in looking at other filmmakers, so MacLaren's name sort of drifted to the back burner as the search widened. Now she's the only choice. She will also reportedly work alongside still-unnamed writers to develop the script.
MacLaren has a long history of success directing and producing television, including some pretty epic genre work. She's best known for Breaking Bad, for which she received two Emmy nominations for directing and shares two Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series as one of the show's executive producers, but she's also worked on The X-Files, The Walking Dead, The Leftovers and Game of Thrones, where she's directed four episodes over the last two seasons, including the powerful "The Bear and the Maiden Fair." This will be her first crack at a big-budget Hollywood franchise flick, but if you want proof that she's got what it takes, she's left decades of work for you to look at.
So Wonder Woman has a star, a director, and a release date. This is really happening, folks. What do you think? Will MacLaren nail it?