After first entering talks to direct Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman back in November, filmmaker Michelle MacLaren has backed out of the project. Creative differences were cited as to why the director has left the superhero adventure, which is currently slated for release on June 23, 2017. Here's what a Warner Bros. representative had to say about the departure in a brief statement.
"Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together."
The project would have marked Michelle MacLaren's feature directorial debut, after gaining critical acclaim from directing episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul. Warner Bros. had specifically sought out a female director to take on the project, but it isn't known if the studio has lined up a replacement at this time. It's also unclear if the departure will affect the June 23, 2017 release date.
Gal Gadot is still attached to star as the title character in Wonder Woman. The character will first be seen in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will reportedly end with all of the Justice League members assembling on the big screen for the first time. Justice League Part 1 is slated for release on November 11, 2017, just five months after Wonder Woman hits theaters.