Michelle MacLaren is going to be directing the Wonder Woman film. Woohoo! Yes she’s a female director, and yes she’s a great director. Her directing experience may stem from television, but it’s not just any old TV shows she has directed, we’re talking cinematic television. And I for one am really glad that they went with a female director. So let’s discuss this Wonder Woman news.
So now that we know Michelle MacLaren is directing Wonder Woman (and will be involved with the story development), let’s just get a brief overview of her work. MacLaren has directed many episodes of television. Her credits include these little shows called:
- Game of Thrones
- Breaking Bad
- The Walking Dead
- The Leftovers
- Better Call Saul
Shows like Game of Thrones aren’t just normal television, they are cinematic television, with huge characters and huge story arcs. And of course this isn’t the first time a television director has landed themselves a superhero movie directing role. The Russo brothers, who directed one of the best Marvel Cinematic films, ‘The Winter Soldier’, had most of their directing experience from episodes of Community. And as much as I love Community, it ain’t no Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. So she is already better equipped to handle such a big property compared to the Russo brothers.
So we know she has the talent, but what about her being a woman? This discussion has come up a lot since the rumoured director list for the Wonder Woman film came up. When we heard that Warner Bros were actively seeking a female director, a lot of people thought that wasn’t the right approach. That Warner Bros going after a female director was purely a gimmick, and they shouldn’t just go for a female director, but go for the best director. I disagree.
Okay yes I’m sure the thought crossed Warner Bros’ minds how much good PR they would get if they not only released a solo female led superhero movie, but also got a female director to do it. But that aside, I’m glad that they actively sought after a female director. Because there really aren’t many female directors tackling these huge blockbuster movies. Yes it’s important to get a great director, but there are many great female directors so why not give them a chance too?
Lexi Alexander recently sat down with the Schmoes Knows and discussed the state of Hollywood with female directors. She discussed how she would often get shut out of discussions on films because she was a female, and the studio thought that it would be best if a male directed certain films instead. Okay so now that we have a female superhero film, this is finally the chance for female directors to exhibit their skills with a huge film, that they don’t often have the chance to do.
A lot of people online have been saying, why would a woman director be any better? Just because a director is female, doesn’t mean they will understand Wonder Woman more. That’s slightly true. But let me tell you something, nobody knows what it’s really like to be a female, other than females. Just like I don’t know what’s it’s like to really be a guy, because I’m not a guy! So yeah a female director will be able to offer an interesting perspective of the Wonder Woman character, that a male director may find more difficult to grasp.
And I’m not saying that male directors can’t direct female led films, because they most definitely can. But I just think it’s important that female directors have the opportunity to direct these superhero movies, especially a film like Wonder Woman. Either way Michelle MacLaren is a great director, regardless of gender, and I’m extremely happy with the choice.
She will also have a huge hand in the story development, working alongside the writers, which is great. We also know Zack Snyder will be producing the Wonder Woman film, which isn’t really surprising. Snyder clearly has a huge hand in the development of this DC Cinematic Universe, and it’s good that Warner Bros at least has someone that is constant throughout these films, to make everything a little more cohesive. Snyder is no Kevin Feige for sure, but he may be the closest thing WB has to a Feige right now.
Anyways I’m stoked about MacLaren directing Wonder Woman. It’s good to see WB getting an interesting variety of directors on these films, with David Ayer and now Michelle MacLaren, I’m curious to see what other names pop up for the other DC films.
So what do you think about Michelle MacLaren directing Wonder Woman? Think it’s a good choice? Let me know!
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