By: Adam Basciano
Fanboys and fangirls alike were all really excited when Michelle MacLaren was announced as the director of the stand alone Wonder Woman film. Sadly, that excitement was ultimately premature as the director has left the film. ““Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together,” the studio said in a statement.” That’s too bad, as I was looking forward to Michelle’s take on the character. Naturally, fanboys are over reacting and heralding that this is a sign of doom and gloom for the film and the expanding DC Universe on film. A quick look on social media, and you’ll see comments like; “This can’t be good”, or “Here we go again”. Yet this sort of thing happens in Hollywood. The exact same scenario happened with two Marvel films. Both Thor: The Dark World, and Ant-Man saw director changes at various stages of production. The Thor sequel managed to out gross its predecessor, while Ant-Man is set for release in July. When the director fall out and switch happened with those films, there was no fanboy freak-out. But because this is a DC property, everyone acts as though the wheels are falling off the bus, and the apocalypse is upon us. And I don’t get that. Relax. Sometimes this happens. Warner Brothers will find a suitable replacement, be it a man or a woman, and we’ll get the Wonder Woman film we’ve been tirelessly waiting for.
Meanwhile, over at Marvel they’ve hired writers to pen the script for the film adaptation of Captain Marvel. “Nicole Perlman, who co-wrote Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, and Meg LeFauve, who co-wrote Pixar’s upcoming Inside Out, are in negotiations write Captain Marvel, one of Marvel’s key projects as it is serving as the company’s first female-driven movie. Interestingly, Perlman and LeFauve are not a writing team but are being turned into one for this project. Both impressed Marvel’s Mr. Fantastic, Kevin Feige, with their separate takes; Feige and his team thought it best to combine the two for sensational results.” Guardians of the Galaxy was great, and Inside Out is being raved about, so this pairing seems like a recipe for success.
Finally, over at FOX, Bryan Singer has once again taken to social media to announce casting for X-Men: Apocalypse. “Excited to welcome Olivia Munn as Betsy Braddock aka Psylocke.” Mr. Singer, you had me at Olivia Munn. It really doesn’t matter who she’s playing.
(Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Bryan Singer)