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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Constantine, Batman vs. Robin, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Black Widow, The Incredible Hulk, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Defenders, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four, The Incredibles 2, Heroes Reborn and more…
So, with Avengers: Age of Ultron less than a week away from release, Warner Bros. has decided to pull the trigger on our first look at its huge DC offering Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, announcing earlier in the week that the first trailer is to be screened in select North American IMAX cinemas this Monday. To whet our appetites, director Zack Snyder took to Twitter with a 20 second tease, and then… just »
- Gary Collinson
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 »
A few weeks back Latino-Review reported that Scott Eastwood (The Longest Ride) would be playing Wonder Woman love-interest Steve Trevor in next year’s DC supervillain ensemble Suicide Squad, only for Variety to debunk the story earlier this week when it reported that four actors are set to test for the role in the Amazon Princess’ 2017 solo movie.
Well, if The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider is to be believed, we may know two of the candidates for the part, with Sneider claiming on Meet the Movie Press (via Cbm) that Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) are wanted for the role alongside Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Sneider went on to state that Eastwood actually passed on the role of Steve Trevor, instead opting to appear in his as-yet-unrevealed role in Suicide Squad.
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. is probably glad this week is coming to an end. Their "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" tease and setup for Monday's IMAX event was ruined by the leak of the entire trailer. Then there's "Wonder Woman," which lost director Michelle MacLaren, and while she was quickly replaced by "Monster" helmer Patty Jenkins, everyone is wondering what happened. It was suggested that MacLaren's idea to give Wonder Woman a talking tiger sidekick might've been part of the "creative differences" that split the studio and filmmaker, but Variety has a bit more intel. According to their sources, MacLaren wanted to make a "Braveheart"-esque action picture, while the studio wanted something more character-driven. Perhaps more crucially, the studio was concerned about MacLaren's experience handling a big action movie, even though she has fare like "Game Of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" on her resume. Read »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Warner Bros. hired TV veteran Michelle MacLaren—who’s helmed some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones over the past few years—to direct Wonder Woman, most were enthused by the prospect of MacLaren finally getting a chance to shine on the big screen. Consequently, there was an overwhelming feeling of disappointment this week when Warner Bros. announced that MacLaren was now leaving the project due to creative differences over the vision for the DC Comics adaptation. WB didn’t waste any time finding a new director, hiring Monster helmer and one-time Thor 2 director Patty Jenkins to step in, and she’s a promising prospect for the first big screen iteration of the iconic Wonder Woman character. But still, many wondered why MacLaren didn’t work out on the project, seeing as how when she initially signed on, the wording of the press release »
- Adam Chitwood
While Warner Bros. made a swift decision this week to hire Patty Jenkins as its new “Wonder Woman” director, industry insiders are still chattering about why original helmer Michelle MacLaren suddenly vanished from the project.
The studio is declining to elaborate on the cliched “creative differences” joint statement that was issued when the two parted ways. But, according to multiple sources close to the project, the director’s vision for the movie was vastly different from the studio’s view. MacLaren envisioned the DC Comics-based “Wonder Woman” movie as an epic origin tale in the vein of “Braveheart,” whereas Warner wanted a more character-driven story that was less heavy on action.
Warner executives, these insiders said, became increasingly concerned about MacLaren directing a large-scale, action-packed production when her experience was limited to the small screen, where she made her name directing episodes of “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead. »
- Justin Kroll
"I remember a time of chaos... but most of all, I remember the Road Warrior. The man we called 'Max.'" In anticipation of the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere, the 35+ year history of George Miller's dystopian franchise is celebrated in a new featurette. Also included in our latest round-up is a newly announced Blu-ray from Scream Factory that should please Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross fans, as well as the special features and cover art for Warner Bros.' Innerspace high-definition home media release.
Mad Max: Fury Road: Press Release -- "From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with »
- Derek Anderson
Wonder Woman: Following the unfortunate depature of Michelle MacLaren as director of Wonder Woman due to creative differences, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment made a remarkably quick substitution by hiring Patty Jenkins for the gig. Jenkins was once attached to direct Thor: The Dark World but left due to creative differences. Her last and only feature is 2003's Monster. [THR] Captain Marvel: Many fans of the McU are now hoping that MacLaren fully defects to the enemy and takes on Captain Marvel, but there's also been rumor going around for a while that Marvel Studios is eyeing Angelina Jolie for the job. Now there's confirmation that she is in serious consideration for the female superhero movie. She was also said to be up for Wonder Woman, but that idea...
- Christopher Campbell
Patty Jenkins ("Monster") will direct the "Wonder Woman" solo feature from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs ("Pan") with director Zack Snyder introducing Gal Gadot as 'Wonder Woman' in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice", then producing Jenkins spin-off feature with Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder.
The original 'Wonder Woman' was created by William Moulton Marston, (aka 'Charles Moulton') who saw the educational potential of comic books and in 1941 was hired as a consultant for "National Periodicals/All-Winner Comics" (DC Comics).
He created his female superhero, in a field dominated by male characters, inspired by his mistress Olive Byrne, who lived with him and his wife in a 'polygamous, »
- Michael Stevens
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins just closed a deal with Warner Bros. to take over the project from Michelle MacLaren, who departed the flick just days ago amid creative differences with the studio. Warner Bros. was reportedly eager to have a woman helm the film, and looked specifically for female directors for the project.
Jenkins, who directed "Monster" (which netted Charlize Theron a Best Actress Oscar) and the pilot of AMC series "The Killing," had previously been attached to "Thor" sequel "The Dark World," but in a similar situation to MacLaren, left the project over creative differences with Marvel Studios. (Ironically, replacement director Alan Taylor also had some well-documented creative issues with that film.) She would have been the first female to direct a tentpole superhero flick, »
- Katie Roberts
Wonder Woman: Following the unfortunate depature of Michelle MacLaren as director of Wonder Woman due to creative differences, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment made a remarkably quick substitution by hiring Patty Jenkins for the gig. Jenkins was once attached to direct Thor: The Dark World but left due to creative differences. Her only feature is 2003's Monster. [THR] Captain Marvel: Many fans of the McU are now hoping that MacLaren fully defects to the enemy and takes...
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After a long search, Warner Bros eventually hired Michelle MacLaren ("Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead") to direct its upcoming "Wonder Woman" film. But just recently, MacLaren was removed from the project due to creative differences. The studio went back to searching for her replacement. And now comes word that Patty Jenkins (Monster) has signed a deal to take over the film. Jenkins was at one point set to direct "Thor: The Dark World," but lost the job to Alan Taylor. "Wonder Woman" stars Gal Gadot and is set to hit theaters on June 23rd, 2017. »
The report emerged last night, with Collider also claiming that Jolie was wanted by Warner Bros. for Wonder Woman – a project that actually secured Patty Jenkins (Monster) as director just moments later.
Given that half of the story has already been debunked, it’s unlikely that this report holds much – if any – weight. However, if Marvel is looking at high profile female directors for Captain Marvel then you’d have to assume Jolie will at least feature on the shortlist.
Would you like to see Angelina Jolie directing Captain Marvel?
- Gary Collinson
Two days ago, we found out that director Michelle MacLaren had left Wonder Woman, the official statement from Warner Bros. citing "creative differences". It was a development that didn't bode well for the project, but the studio doesn't seem to be wasting any time finding a replacement with The Hollywood Reporter bringing us word that Patty Jenkins (Monster) will be taking MacLaren's place in the director's chair. Jenkins has had her own brush with "creative differences", at one point she was in line to direct Thor: The Dark World but parted ways with Marvel Studios, making the way clear for Alan Taylor. Being once attached to the Thor sequel obviously indicates that the super hero genre is one that Jenkins wants to play in, and the two properties being pretty similar since they mix mystical elements in with the super heroics. Hopefully, Jenkins vision will be more in line with »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
With the departure of Michelle MacLaren from Wonder Woman fans have been wondering who would be able to fill her shoes. Well parting a project for creative differences is nothing new for the replacement as well.
Patty Jenkins who was originally supposed to direct Thor: The Dark World is now stepping up to direct the project. Now there are quite a few rumors floating but this apparently shoots down the one that Angelina Jolie would attach herself to the project and hopefully this means she’ll be heading up Captain Marvel.
Patty Jenkins credits include the hit Monster, and several television pilots. But with such a low filmography does she have the chops to direct a project this big? Or will a fresh look at this property help it in the long run. We’ll have to wait considering 2017 is the earliest this is projected to hit.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason The X)
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Once upon a time, Patty Jenkins was developing Thor 2 at Marvel Studios and was set to direct. And then, pretty suddenly, she wasn’t anymore. Eventually, Alan Taylor directed the film, and rumours were flying around that Natalie Portman was pretty hacked off by Jenkins’ departure.
Now, in the finest display of irony since I went to my cutlery drawer for a knife and found ten thousand spoons instead, Warner Bros. have closed a deal with Jenkins for her to take over Wonder Woman.
I can’t take the irony. It’s just like that time it rained on my wedding day.
The Hollywood Reporter scored the scoop on Jenkins’ appointment, noting that hiring her “helps Warners avoid what some saw as a gender bias against women directors helming superhero tentpoles.”
She would have been the first female director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, now she »
- Brendon Connelly
Now here's a turn-up. Earlier this week, news broke that Breaking Bad's Michelle MacLaren was no longer at the helm of Warner Bros' Wonder Woman movie, that's set to star Gal Gadot in the lead role. "Creative differences" was the given reason, which could of course mean pretty much anything.
As many noted at the time, it brought back memories of the last time a woman was hired to direct a comic book movie. That'd be Patty Jenkins, who was the original director of Thor: The Dark World before in stepped "creative differences" and Marvel removed her from the project. Alan Taylor would direct the Thor sequel.
It only took a couple of days of sad–Michelle MacLaren–news fallout for Wonder Woman to land a replacement helmer. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Patty Jenkins, who almost directed Thor 2 and is known for 2003's Monster, will now be the first woman to lead a major DC project. Warner Bros. will probably receive less flak for letting go of their first female director — but only if they can retain this one, without creative differences being an issue (Jenkins had that problem with Marvel's Thor). Second time's a charm? »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The wheel turns. And quickly, this time. Just a day or so after it was announced that Breaking Bad veteran director Michelle MacLaren had left the job of making Wonder Woman for Warners due to creative differences, the studio has hired Monster’s Patty Jenkins to take her place. Jenkins was famously the first director hired to handle Thor: The Dark World, but despite her enthusiasm for the project, never quite saw eye to eye with the Marvel team and was replaced by Alan Taylor. Gal Gadot is playing the title character, making her first appearance in next March's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice before the Wonder Woman stand-alone adventure arrives in 2017. Jason Fuchs is writing the script for the film, with MacLaren collaborating while she was in development. After helping Charlize Theron to an Oscar with 2003’s Monster, Jenkins has largely worked in TV, kicking off The Killing »
Well, so much for that Angelia Jolie rumor (and don’t put money on her to direct "Captain Marvel" either, which never really fit, given the kinds of films she likes to make anyhow): Michelle MacLaren may have left Warner Bros.' “Wonder Woman” over “creative differences,” but another female filmmaker has been found as a replacement. WB has tapped Patty Jenkins, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-winning “Monster,” starring Charlize Theron. Ironically, Jenkins fell out of her own superhero project over “creative differences” two years ago. She was first pegged as the director to helm “Thor: The Dark World,” supposedly picked and/or encouraged by Natalie Portman. But Jenkins butted heads with Marvel and left the project (“Game Of Thrones” helmer Alan Taylor eventually took the gig). Read More: 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood So if “Wonder Woman” hit a bump with MacLaren’s exit, it »
- Rodrigo Perez
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