Skip to main content

'Wonder Woman' Director Michelle MacLaren and Warner Bros Part Ways


According to a statement from Warner Bros., the studio and Wonder Woman director, Michelle MacLaren have parted ways due to 'creative differences.' She'll no longer direct or develop the comic book adaptation. 


The studio had openly lobbied for a female director last year to helm the iconic Amazon princess' first major live-action film. MacLaren came in with bonafide credentials having directed some the best episodes of television from The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and most recently it's spin-off show, Better Call Saul. She had been hired to direct and develop the script. 

It's unknown exactly what differences MacLaren and the studio had but according to Badass Digest, they couldn't agree on anything. Not the time period or MacLaren's idea of Diana having a pet tiger to converse with in the movie. However, it doesn't appear at this point that the conflict was contentious.  

The real details of the split are likely to be revealed in the coming days but on the surface this latest development looks bad. The potential blockbuster movie about the most famous comic book heroine and feminist icon of all time has been long overdue. The fact it's taken this long to come this close to getting it greenlit is a miracle unto itself. 

After multiple films and reboots of Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman was finally going to get her chance. It's as much a product of the current climate of successful comic book movies from Marvel as it is Warner Bros sudden epiphany they had an untapped tentpole property in their catalog. So, Wonder Woman was part of a large slate of superhero films from the studio and they managed to hire one of the most talented directors in television. Everything wasn't perfect, no final script was completed, but MacLaren was involved and someone reported WW would wear six outfits so obviously there was progress. 

So now what? WB will probably search for another female director and there's no shortage of talented women out there. Online troll reaction has been predictably hasty with blame being placed on studio ineptitude to MacLaren's naivety. Whatever the reason it's a shame to have lost a talent like MacLaren but it's not and shouldn't be the film's death knell. Other directors have been replaced and projects continued. Patty Jenkins was replaced by Alan Taylor on Thor: The Dark World and most recently Edgar Wright was famously dropped by Marvel in favor of Peyton Reed on Ant-Man.

We'll have to wait a bit longer for the next female director to helm a comic book movie since Lexi Alexander did in 2008 with Punisher War Zone

Source: THR

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PREVIEW: 'Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica' #2 by Amy Chu and Maria Sanapo

The body count increases and the mystery deepens as Vampirella and Red Sonja investigate the deaths plaguing Riverdale High. Turns out American high school life is as mysterious and perplexing as the murders themselves! Meanwhile, Betty and Veronica have troubles of their own when they butt heads with the editor of the school newspaper over their investigative news coverage. Is there a coverup afoot?


Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #2
writer: Amy Chu artist: Maria Sanapo covers: Fay Dalton (A), Robert Hack  (B), Laura Braga (C)              Dan Parent (D), Cat Staggs (E)               Dan Parent (RI-B/W), Laura Braga (RI-B/W),                Laura Braga (RI-Virgin), Dan Parent (RI-Virgin)
FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+  










Legendary Comics Releases Volume Two of 'Lost in Space: Countdown to Danger' and 'Firebrand: The Initiation of Natali Presano'

Legendary Comics announces the release of the second seasons of popular comic series: LOST IN SPACE: COUNTDOWN TO DANGER and FIREBRAND: THE INITIATION OF NATALI PRESANO.


Launching into comic stores and online today, Volume Two of Lost in Space: Countdown to Danger tells all new thrilling backstories of the show’s favorite heroic characters, with a special focus on Parker Posey’s villainous ‘Dr. Smith’ and fan favorite ‘Robot.’ While, Season Two of Firebrand: The Initiation of Natali Presano, created by Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis, continues the journey of a young witch who has come to Seattle to defend humanity against darkness, now available exclusively on Webtoon. Readers can download the official Webtoon app by visiting the Apple App Store and Google Play.


LOST IN SPACE: COUNTDOWN TO DANGER:

Penned by writer Richard Dinnick (Doctor Who; Thunderbirds) and Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics; The Flash) with stunning artwork by Zid (Skull Island: Birth of Kong; Trick ‘r Treat: Days …

Jordie Bellaire and Drew Moss Bring 'Vampirella/Red Sonja' Together for New Ongoing Series

Long overdue history in the making! Dynamite's two flagship heroines are teaming up in a new ongoing series starting in September, written by the multitalented and Eisner-winning Jordie Bellaire (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Redlands) with art by Drew Moss (Star Wars).


The story starts in 1969, the genesis of Vampirella - timed perfectly with her 50th Anniversary now being celebrated in 2019. Vampi's new to Earth and still adapting to our world. She finds herself attracted to the supernatural and paranormal mysteries of the world. When suddenly she runs across a young Red Sonja, plucked out of time and clueless. The two women set forth on an adventure, collaborating as both detectives and warriors to find out what has happened... only for more space-time shenanigans to befall them! Do not expect any cliché misunderstanding fights, these two Women of Dynamite are working together, no holds barred.

This series marks Jordie Bellaire further flexing her skills as a writer, following …

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work: