It would appear DC Comics desperation in getting their comics to the big screen has suffered another big blow today as Michelle MacLaren has dropped out of directing Wonder Woman due to what the parties involved are calling creative differences.
“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together,” the studio said in a statement.
MacLaren, an experienced TV showrunner and director, was to have made her feature directorial debut with Wonder Woman. She’s proven herself adept at handling genre material with directing credits that include episodes of Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Better Call Saul.
MacLaren was hired in November to great fanfare to helm the movie, to which Gal Gadot is attached to star. Her hire capped off months of searching by Warners, which sought out a female director for the project.
Like many of its DC Comics-derived superhero movies, Wonder Woman has been developed on multiple tracks with various writers working on scripts, and MacLaren had been heavily involved in shaping those scripts.
It is unclear whether MacLaren’s departure will affect the movie’s scheduled release — it has been slotted for 2017.