A wee bit more gossip has emerged about director Michelle MacLaren departing the Wonder Woman movie, courtesy of Badass Digest:
The official reason for her leaving is ‘creative differences,’ and that seems legit according to the scuttlebutt that has reached me. MacLaren and Warner Bros couldn’t agree on anything – including what time period to set the movie. More than that, MacLaren had some very particular visions for the film, visions that maybe would have alienated fandom. Although perhaps Diana having a tiger sidekick/pet she could talk with would have appealed to people more than I expect.
As of now it seems like Wonder Woman is still on for a 2017 release – which means they need to get a director in there soon. I don’t even know if any of the stuff they developed with MacLaren, storywise, will last. It’s quite possible that whoever comes on next will start from scratch – or will basically take orders from Zack Snyder, who could be shaping up to be the driving creative force behind the DC Movieverse.
So basically with a tight-for-a-blockbuster two years out schedule, they STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO WITH WONDER WOMAN. Talking raccoons—no problem. A test pilot who gets a glowing green mask—think of the possibilities. A guy who shrinks down to the size of an ant—the kids will love it. A guy who got frightened by a bat in a cave—worldwide box office records. Woman who fights evil….hm…boy…jeez, that’s a tough one.
Now, I seem to recall that Golden Age Wonder Woman had a lot of female sidekicks, but I don’t know if she had a tiger pal. I know she FOUGHT a tiger.
And she fought someone named TIGRA.
Most people think tigers are cool and would love to have a tiger for a sidekick as long as it was friendly. (“Don’t hurt Manticore, he’s a good cat.”) I have no objection to Wonder Woman having an animal companion, and it would make for some sweet t-shirts. But…shouldn’t we be a little further along in actually defining this story for the DC Cinematic Universe?
Zack Snyder, can you please take some time out from lifting 400 lbs and rescue us?
MacLaren is not the first female director to leave a superhero film. Patti Jenkins was slated to direct Thor II but then had…creative differences. To be fair, that also happened to Edgar Wright, so make of that what you will. To date Lexi Alexander remains the only woman to direct a superhero film, with the low grossing but cult favorite Punisher: War Zone. If you want to see some real fireworks, just follow Alexander—who was a world champion in point fighting and karate before she took up directing—on her Twitter feed. You’ll get an earful.
Also if you think about it, movie directors—like orchestra conductors—are expected to be tempestuous/oddball, opinionated people who have grandiose visions and do it THEIR WAY—Oliver Stone, Wes Anderson, David O. Russell, Howard Hawkes, the list goes on and on and on. Those same qualities in a woman are usually defined as “being a crazy bitch.” You just can’t win.
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.