Wonder Woman The Show Must Go On For WONDER WOMAN written by Sean Gerber April 15, 2015 Two days ago, we learned that Michelle MacLaren left WONDER WOMAN over “creative differences” with Warner Bros. The director and studio could not come to an agreement over how best to move forward with the multiple tracks on which WONDER WOMAN is being developed and decided it was best to simply move apart. The news was surprising and sad for the many who’d become fans of MacLaren during her directorial stints on BREAKING BAD, THE WALKING DEAD, and GAME OF THRONES. She seemed like a no-brainer for genre fare, especially for the first superhero movie led by a female character in several years. Filmmaking is a collaborative business and art form, however, so sure things are rarely what they seem. It’s hard to look at the situation between MacLaren and Warner Bros. and not immediately be reminded of Patty Jenkins. In 2011, Jenkins was hired by Marvel Studios to direct a sequel to THOR, only to leave the project a few months later, also due to creative difference. Given that the superhero genre now has two high profile losses of already-hired female directors, troubling questions will arise over just how welcome women’s ideas are in a genre dominated by men. It is perfectly fair for these questions to be asked, but there are also broader questions that could be directed at the demands placed on executives, producers, writers, and directors by the very concept of shared cinematic universes. Male directors have not been immune, with Edgar Wright leaving ANT-MAN, a project to which he’d been attached nearly eight years, after reaching a creative impasse with Marvel. The truth, though, is that all of these issues exist across the business of making movies. The superhero cases simply tend to have a higher profile for obvious reasons. There are filmmakers who have been able to have their vision and voice shine through in the box office’s biggest genre, including co-writer/director James Gunn with last year’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. The problems that drove MacLaren, Jenkins, and Wright away from their respective projects are no more inherent to superheroes and shared universes than they are to all other films with budgets ranging from seven to eight figures. This, of course, does not absolve the makers and distributors of superhero movies of their responsibilities to promote diversity not only in their ideas, but in the people contributing the ideas. Those responsibilities extend to the characters we see onscreen, so Warner Bros. must now get to work on finding a new filmmaker to make sure WONDER WOMAN does not miss her 2017 release date. Socially, there are few upcoming films in the genre that can match the significance of the very first feature film for the most iconic female superhero ever created. It is okay for professional relationships, like the one between MacLaren and Warner Bros., to not work out. If Warner Bros. has a vision for the film that the studio believes in deeply enough to let a director walk, then it must now turn that passion into making sure WONDER WOMAN stays on schedule. The world is ready, and waiting. The Show Must Go On For WONDER WOMAN was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Wonder Woman 7 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post TERMINATOR: GENISYS and the Case of the Spoilery Trailer next post Several MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Clips Now Available You may also like WONDER WOMAN Wins Big At Comic-Con With... 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Seeing how MacLaren never used any tiger sidekicks in her other genre work, I find this a bit hard to believe. Part of me wonders if the rumors were started by a Warner Bros exec in an effort to paint themselves as the good guys. Adrian I do wonder about the “creative differences” and if WB failed at interviewing her well enough before hiring her, which I would hope not and doubt. I mean, I would think it was a well-liked pitch, hence the hiring, so how it went from all good to not in about 6 months or so perplexes me. Adrian Edmondson Im sure WB will get the right person male or female to direct WW official movie outing . At this point if the rumors are true this Monday will be the “dawn” of the first official trailer to BVS . I expect Sean and the crew to drop whatever they are doing and deliver a “squeal worthy ” podcast within nano seconds after it is done 😉 TheTingler I’m guessing she’ll join the rest of the failed Wonder Woman developers at Marvel, along with Joss Whedon, Adrienne Palicki and having a WW2-set superhero film. Ahem. Let us not forget though that Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman ideas were awful. It’s easy to point the finger at the big company, but MacLaren’s ideas could have been simply bad. It doesn’t matter if she’s a female director, as women are capable of doing Wonder Woman badly… see her current post-Brian Azzarello comics if you want proof of that. Nevertheless though Warners have to get a good director on this film quickly. Pick anyone else from Game of Thrones, just hurry! Kerry Vanderberg I actually like the current creative team on the WW book. I didn’t read the Azzarello run, but that has everything to do with the fact that Cliff Chiang’s art looks god-awful to me. If I’m going to invest $3-4 in a comic I at least have to like the artwork. David Finch’s art is enough for me to enjoy it, and I find the story interesting. Plus I’m liking how Wonder Woman is being characterized more, as we’re seeing her much more relational and showing a bit more vulnerability, which I feel is something I’ve never really seen from the character. Kerry Vanderberg This is always sad to hear, but hopefully it is for the best. I always want talent and directors with vision to come aboard and make these movies, but I also think there’s a lot of strength in something like the MCU where it’s not just about one director’s vision, but rather the collective vision for the whole universe. I’m always going to love the TDK trilogy, but getting an intact, quality, self-contained series is an incredible rarity when it comes to franchise films. Whereas Marvel and hopefully WB are on to a formula that keeps things moving along. Chris Clow made such an excellent point in the Avengers commentary about what happens when it’s in the hands of just one or two directors over the course of a few films – they go back to the beginning. While a director should be allowed a certain amount of creative freedom, I’ve never had an issue with a studio setting certain boundaries in place to make sure the single film fits into the larger whole of the cinematic universe. At least that preserves a certain amount of internal integrity, whereas now I can’t watch the Burton-Schumacher films without feeling like those movies have almost nothing to do with each other.