Word on the street of late has been that a female director had been approached to direct the 2017 Gal Gadot Wonder Woman movie. Who could it be? Lena Dunham? Miranda July? Well now a name has emerged and it’s Michelle McLaren. If you’re a fastidious credit watcher you’ve seen McLaren’s name in the credits of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. With a resume like that how could she NOT direct a superhero movie? IN particular, she directed some of the most brutal and riveting Breaking Bad episodes, showing she knows her way around a meth lab at least.
Women directing superhero based comic book movies have a track record of exactly 1.5. Lexi Alexander director Punisher War Zone, which has actually become kind of a cult film. Patty Ryan was once supposed to direct Thor 2, but fell out with Marvel before it could get going.
This is all still suppositional, and we haven’t even seen Dawn of Justice yet with Gadot’s first take at Wonder Woman. But McLAren seems like a good name to be attached if you’re going to attach something.
BTW, if you don’t follow Lexi Alexander on twitter you’re missing out on some interesting tweeting.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.