What a difference a day makes! Just yesterday, it was announced that “Breaking Bad” director Michelle MacLaren had split with Warner Brothers over directing 2017’s “Wonder Woman” over “creative differences”. Today (April 15), the same source of that story (the Hollywood Reporter) has cited that the studio has rebounded quickly and hired Patty Jenkins to direct the Amazon princess’ first film.
Patty Jenkins is best known for directing “Monster” in 2003, which earned Charlize Theron an Oscar, as well as her Emmy nominated work on “The Killing”. She was one of Marvel Studios’ first choices to direct “Thor: the Dark World” in 2011 before the job officially went to Alan Taylor in 2012. In addition to her obvious talent behind the director’s chair, Warner Brothers may have not only wanted to help shatter the gender gap in superhero cinema as well as nip at the heels of their rivals a bit.
The film is still expected to hit theaters in 2017, and star Gal Gadot (who will first appear as Wonder Woman in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” next year). If what MacLaren said previously is true, it is that there is still no script for the feature, and Jenkins would likely be expected to help create one (or at least work from studio edicts). It will still remain whether the classical vision of the heroine, or DC Entertainment’s newer, grimmer, and more bloodthirsty version will be the one immortalized in cinema.