By Darren Franich
Updated November 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM EST
Credit: DC Comics
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Exciting news from the world of Superhero Movies That Don’t Star White Dudes Names Chris: Warner Bros’ 2017 Wonder Woman spinoff is close to hiring a director, and Variety reports that they are talking to Michelle MacLaren.

The name might not be familiar to most people, but MacLaren’s a bit of a TV-nerd hero, having directed eleven episodes of Breaking Bad; when EW made its list of the best Breaking Bad episodes, MacLaren had two episodes in our top five. MacLaren has also directed episodes of Game of Thrones, which is fast becoming a gateway job towards big-budget blockbusters. (See also: Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor seguing to Thor: The Dark World and Terminator: Genisys.) MacLaren probably had her biggest showcase with the season 4 finale of The Walking Dead, which featured one of MacLaren’s “Horrible Things Happening in the Dark Shadows of Evening” scenes. Michelle MacLaren is also a human female, and would be the first human female to direct a superhero movie since Levi Alexander’s Punisher: War Zone. This probably shouldn’t be a big deal; it is a big deal.

When reached by EW, Warner Bros. had no official comment on the Wonder Woman directing job. But MacLaren’s been rumored for the job for awhile now. Perhaps coincidentally, yesterday Alexander told Forbes that she had heard that Warner Bros. wanted a female director to helm Wonder Woman. The film is slated to arrive in June 2017, which is actually not that far away production-wise because movie schedules are insane now, so expect official word on MacLaren’s involvement soon.


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Wonder Woman

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  • PG-13
  • 141 minutes
  • Patty Jenkins
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