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Michelle MacLaren left Wonder Woman because of the scope of the film

04.17.2015

Just in the last week, Michelle MacLaren left WONDER WOMAN as director to be replaced by Patty Jenkins within days. The reason for MacLaren's departure was cited as the catch-all phrase "creative differences", but now sources are claiming that the reason came down to a much more specific reason: scope.

Surprisingly, Warner Bros was looking to make a more character-driven film while MacLaren was supposedly aiming for an epic origin film along the lines of BRAVEHEART, according to Variety. We already knew there were multiple scripts being developed simultaneously for WONDER WOMAN so the studio and presumably MacLaren could pick their favorite. MacLaren filmed a test for her take on the project and the studio didn't like it and became worried that she was not prepared for such a large scale project.

From these accounts, it sounds like the studio picked MacLaren based on her acclaimed small screen work on Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, two character driven series. But, working on television has a shorter production window and a massive Hollywood blockbuster is a much more arduous process. When MacLaren left the project (or was fired, that is still not clear), Patty Jenkins was selected because her directorial work is very character driven (The Killing, MONSTER) and they wanted someone to keep the production on track for filming this Fall.

Many have been concerned that DC's push to get their properties out to compete with Marvel is putting the cart before the horse, leading us to get subpar finished movies. Whether that holds true or not remains to be seen. Remember, we all though ANT-MAN was doomed when Edgar Wright left and look at the reception now.

WONDER WOMAN is slated to hit theaters on June 23, 2017.

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Source: Variety

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6:48PM on 04/19/2015
"Remember, we all though ANT-MAN was doomed when Edgar Wright left and look at the reception now." Speak for yourselves. I kept an open mind because whilst I have immensely enjoyed quite a few Wright movies none of his endeavours have set the box office alight and given Marvel's track record, may be they knew what they were doing. Certainly a couple of factors to justify an open minded view on this.
"Remember, we all though ANT-MAN was doomed when Edgar Wright left and look at the reception now." Speak for yourselves. I kept an open mind because whilst I have immensely enjoyed quite a few Wright movies none of his endeavours have set the box office alight and given Marvel's track record, may be they knew what they were doing. Certainly a couple of factors to justify an open minded view on this.
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8:34PM on 04/18/2015
How about stop setting release dates until you have the script, director, actors, and a production schedule? I always wonder why studios do this. Get the best possible film you can get and then decide when to release it.
How about stop setting release dates until you have the script, director, actors, and a production schedule? I always wonder why studios do this. Get the best possible film you can get and then decide when to release it.
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5:06PM on 04/18/2015
Massive blockbuster movie...funny.
Massive blockbuster movie...funny.
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11:07AM on 04/18/2015

Hmm

See i think DCWB wanted small scale "character driven" because they didn't want to have to integrate anything too big into the DC universe. Also they still haven't seen the pay off yet. MOS performed modestly and BvS is a year away. Marvel can afford to go "Bravehart" NOW. But thats because they are entering phase 3. DC has barley scratched the surface into their universe. I hope DCWB slows their role a bit. They keep making these announcements like Red Hood, Shazam, and Aquaman. But they got
See i think DCWB wanted small scale "character driven" because they didn't want to have to integrate anything too big into the DC universe. Also they still haven't seen the pay off yet. MOS performed modestly and BvS is a year away. Marvel can afford to go "Bravehart" NOW. But thats because they are entering phase 3. DC has barley scratched the surface into their universe. I hope DCWB slows their role a bit. They keep making these announcements like Red Hood, Shazam, and Aquaman. But they got to get passed Suicide Squad, BvS and Justice League. Also they got to see what the competitions doing. IDK i could go on and on.
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7:37PM on 04/17/2015
Is Braveheart not character driven?
Is Braveheart not character driven?
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5:47PM on 04/17/2015
Not smart to try to do it your way, especially one that's meant to be a shared universe & she should have known what she was getting herself into. Seems this was definitely too big for her & even for her first movie. Maybe she should stick to TV.
Not smart to try to do it your way, especially one that's meant to be a shared universe & she should have known what she was getting herself into. Seems this was definitely too big for her & even for her first movie. Maybe she should stick to TV.
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5:33PM on 04/17/2015
Is this another origin story?
Is this another origin story?
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6:45PM on 04/17/2015
"Another" Origin story? When was the first wonder women origin story?
"Another" Origin story? When was the first wonder women origin story?
1:27AM on 04/18/2015
Not "origin" in the sense that it will show how she got her powers, but they do have to introduce the character and her backstory before they throw her into a fight, or it would be pretty stupid.
Not "origin" in the sense that it will show how she got her powers, but they do have to introduce the character and her backstory before they throw her into a fight, or it would be pretty stupid.
4:17PM on 04/17/2015
Honestly this is one situation in which I think the Studio may have had it right. The scope of the DC films that have come out have been massive. They need to pull back a little.
Honestly this is one situation in which I think the Studio may have had it right. The scope of the DC films that have come out have been massive. They need to pull back a little.
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4:07PM on 04/17/2015
Fine by me. I would rather this Wonder Woman film be more character driven than just two hours of more special effects with somewhat character moments and a lousy script.
Fine by me. I would rather this Wonder Woman film be more character driven than just two hours of more special effects with somewhat character moments and a lousy script.
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