'Wonder Woman' Loses Female Director, 'Captain Marvel' Gains Female Writers

April 14, 2015


The effort to get female creatives on female-driven superhero films has had a setback and a quick recovery in the last 24 hours.

Firstly, remember how Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones director Michelle MacLaren was attached to lead our lithe Wonder Woman into battle? Well, she isn't anymore. Citing the standard "creative differences"--i.e., "invisible jet or I walk"--MacLaren and Warner Bros. have reportedly parted ways on the project.

But, on the bright side, maybe now she can just head over to Marvel and take on their Captain Marvel. The studio still needs a director for that project, but according to THR, they have finally got their screenwriters in Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve--writers who, respectively, worked on Guardians of the Galaxy and Pixar's upcoming Inside Out. The two have, independently, already come up with separate takes on Captain Marvel's story of an air force pilot getting her DNA fused with an alien's, but it's said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is now hoping to likewise fuse the duo into a writing team that will merge their takes into one script. Starting with separate, individual storylines and characters, then forcing them to come together on a massive undertaking: you know what, Marvel, that might just work as a company strategy.

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