As we reported a few weeks ago, Warner Bros. have been on the lookout for a female director to take charge of the upcoming Wonder Woman standalone film.

Unfortunately, there's a criminally small pool of female directors - meaning it was only going to one of several women; Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow, Breaking Bad's Michelle MacLaren, Monster's Patty Jenkins or Deep Impact's Mimi Leder.

It now appears that Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren is the frontrunner for the job.

MacLaren directed several episodes of the worldwide smash-hit TV series, as well as several episodes of Game of Thrones, The Leftovers and The Walking Dead.

She began her directing career on The X-Files, directing one of the final episodes of the series before moving on to steadily work in TV directing and producing.

Gal Gadot was announced a few months ago as Princess Diana / Wonder Woman; she's expected to make her first appearance in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Initial thoughts? Our money was on Kathryn Bigelow - she seemed like the most logical choice. She's worked with a reasonably big budget before, has experience dealing with large studios and is a big name director.

That said, Bigelow has deliberately eschewed big studios in recent times - her last film was produced by AnnaPurna, after all.

MacLaren, however, has similar experience. She's worked to tight deadlines with Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, knows how to work with a budget and is a pretty spectacular director.

The episodes she directed in Breaking Bad are some of the best of the series, so it's safe to say she knows how to do action.

Are we excited? Very much so.

Wonder Woman gets its US release on June 23, 2017.


via Variety