That was quick. The invisible plane already has a new pilot, as sources have confirmed to Deadline that Monster director Patty Jenkins has been tapped to for Warner Bros’ high-profile Wonder Woman pic. The news comes just two days after helmer Michelle MacLaren exited the project over what the studio called “creative differences.”
Her hiring here helps put to rest an unpleasant spin on recent events. In the wake of MacLaren’s exit from Wonder Woman, speculation online was that sexism might have played a role in the matter. There’s no confirmation of that, but making sure a female director brings DC’s Amazonian warrior to life quells such talk before it becomes conventional wisdom. Hiring Jenkins this quickly also ensures the production will stay on schedule.
In addition Monster, which helped earn Charlize Theron her Oscar, Jenkins has had a prolific career on television, directing episodes of Entourage, Arrested Development, The Killing, as well as the pilot for the short-lived ABC series Betrayal. CAA, Anonymous Content and Jackoway Tyerman represent her.
Wonder Woman isn’t her first brush with superheroics: She previously came this close to directing Thor: The Dark World for Marvel. She left the project early-on over – wait for it – “creative differences”.
Wonder Woman will star Gal Gadot, and is currently scheduled for release in 2017. Gadot will make her first appearance as the character in next year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.