Wonder Woman movie nabs Patty Jenkins as new director (Wired UK)


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Wonder Woman has had a rough week. Her upcoming movie, part of Warner Bros slate of superhero tentpoles based on DC Comics characters, saw original director Michelle Maclaren quit the project, citing “creative differences” with the studio. With a 2017 release targeted, prospects looked slim for the world’s premier female hero arriving on time.

Less than two days after Maclaren’s departure though,¬†Patty Jenkins has saved the day, stepping on board as new director. It’s a far cry from the weeks-long search Marvel Studios had to replace Edgar Wright when he stepped off the Ant-Man movie last year.

Best known for the bio-pic Monster, which followed the life of serial killer Aileen Wuornos,¬†Jenkins was once set to direct the second Thor movie over at Marvel. However, she left the film over her own creative differences, replaced with Alan Taylor. That she’s now working with Marvel’s biggest rival on a similarly mythological hero is an irony that won’t be lost on comic book fans.

It is pleasing to see Warners commit to keeping a female director attached to the project. Wonder Woman has been a hugely important feminist icon ever since William Moulton Marston created her in 1941, and Jenkins’ appointment means she will still be the first superhero to have a movie with a woman at the helm.

What’s uncertain is how this change in creators will affect the movie. Maclaren was heavily involved in the script phase of the production, and if Jenkins’ vision is dramatically different it could be a case of back to the drawing board. However, Warners made little secret that it was commissioning Wonder Woman scripts from multiple writers, so there’s very likely material enough for Jenkins and the studio to settle on a preferred take.

Currently, the solo movie remains set for release in 2017, with Fast and Furious actor Gal Gadot in the leading role. Wonder Woman will first appear onscreen next year though, in Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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16 April 2015 | 9:24 am – Source: wired.co.uk

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