Marvel has a real head start on DC in terms of their movie outings but the house of Superman has big plans for the next decade, with a massive roster of films including their own hero mashup Justice League on the horizon. But it seems there's already trouble in the ranks as the director of one of their biggest upcoming titles has bowed out.
The Wonder Woman character is set to make her screen debut in early 2016 as part of Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice, played by Gal Gadot. And a solo outing for the character was planned to release in June 2017, with acclaimed TV director Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The X-Files) at the helm. But now we're getting word that MacLaren has suddenly left the production over the dreaded 'creative differences.'
That could mean practically at this point - from major disagreements over the tone and direction of the movie to personal matters over even the studio just looking for a reason to find a new director. In most cases, we never really get to find out anyway. Right now it means Warner Bros and DC have a massive film set to go into production in a few months which doesn't currently have a director in place. Considering the interconnected universe they're trying to build, that's something they'll want to remedy quickly.
It's disappointing news as well, not only because MacLaren is a talented director but she would also have been the first woman to helm a major comic book movie. And while its by no means necessary to have a female helmer on a Wonder Woman movie anything we can do to address the gender imbalance in the movie industry is a step in the right direction.
With a lead and script in place, expect more news on Wonder Woman soon.
Wonder Woman is set to be in cinema in June 2017.