Wonder Woman director Michelle MacLaren backed away from the highly-anticipated project, citing creative differences with Warner Bros. Just a few days later, Patty Jenkins came on board to replace her. Today we have new details from Variety about what those creative differences may have been. Multiple sources claim that the director's vision was "vastly different" from the studio's, since she wanted an "epic origin tale" in the same vein as Braveheart, while Warner Bros. wanted a more character-driven story with far less action.
The site's sources claim that that Warner Bros. executives became increasingly worried about her ability to deliver a "large-scale, action-packed production," since she has never directed a feature film before, although she has directed episodes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. With Patty Jenkins now on board, the studio is expected to stick with a more character-based story. Patty Jenkins made her feature debut with the indie drama Monster, and she has also directed episodes of The Killing, Betrayal, Arrested Development and Entourage.
Insiders also claim that Michelle MacLaren was "unaccustomed to the laborious development process," with one source describing the pre-production process as "torturous." Jason Fuchs wrote the original script for Wonder Woman, but the studio hired up to five other writers to work on alternate scripts while studio executives tested certain concepts. One insider claimed that the studio didn't like Michelle MacLaren's test. The studio acted so quickly to secure Patty Jenkins because they want to stay on track for a November 2017 release, with production expected to begin this fall. The studio is currently searching for the male lead and love interest for Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. Test offers are expected to go out to actors next week. Would you have rather seen Michelle MacLaren's Braveheart-esque version of Wonder Woman, or would you like to see a more character-driven movie? Let us know what you think below.