In what is probably the quickest turnaround in recent memory, Warner Brothers has already filled the director’s chair for their upcoming Wonder Woman film vacated less than 48 hours ago by Michelle MacLaren.
According to Deadline, the job is now going to Patty Jenkins, perhaps best known for directing Charlize Theron in the serial killer drama Monster (2003).
You may remember that Jenkins was briefly attached to direct another superhero project a few years back, Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World. She left that project over “creative differences,” the same reason that was offered for MacLaren’s departure from Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman will mark Jenkins first feature film work since Monster. She has filled the time in between working on TV series from Arrested Development and Entourage to The Killing. Normally, I would be concerned about the lack of big budget experience for a project this size, but if Marvel initially felt good about working with her as does Warners now, I suppose they are privy to things we may not be.
Gal Gadot has already been cast to star as the Amazonian superhero who will first appear in next spring’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice before Wonder Woman hits the screen on June 23, 2017. The character will follow through to November 17, 2017’s Justice League: Part One.