Earlier this week Warner Bros.' much-anticipated first solo Wonder Woman film was dealt a pretty heavy blow: Its director, Michelle MacLaren, parted ways with the studio over "creative differences." It was bad news for plenty of fans who'd rejoiced when MacLaren got the gig, and not just because they wanted to see a woman land the job. MacLaren is a high-powered, award-winning director, and the film felt in good hands with her at the helm.
As soon as news broke that MacLaren was out, fans began speculating over who might replace her. Now, just days later, it seems we have our answer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Patty Jenkins has "closed a deal" to direct Wonder Woman, and the studio has swiftly resolved what could have been a major crisis that slowed down the film ahead of its 2017 release. Jenkins is best known as the writer and director of the 2003 film Monster, which earned Charlize Theron a Best Actress Oscar and put Jenkins on the map. She's since earned Emmy nominations and Director's Guild of America awards for her television work, including episodes of The Killing, Entourage and Arrested Development, but among superhero movie fans she's also known for something she didn't direct.
In 2011, Jenkins was set to direct what would become Thor: The Dark World for Marvel, which would have made her the first female director at the studio. In December of that year, creative differences led to her departure, and Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor stepped in to take her place. Now, it seems, she's set to be the first woman to direct in Warner Bros.' shared superhero universe, while Marvel is reportedly eyeing a woman to direct Captain Marvel.
So it looks like Jenkins will be a superhero director after all. She just took the long way around. What do you think? Is she a good choice for Wonder Woman?