Well, that was fast. A mere two days after it was announced Game of Thrones’ director, Michelle MacLaren left Wonder Woman over “creative” (tiger?) differences, Warner Bros. has hired her replacement. Monster director, Patty Jenkins, who was once attached to Thor: The Dark World (and like MacLaren, left over creative diffferences), will head up the 2017 retelling starring Gal Gadot and Scott Eastwood. THR notes that Jenkins, who’s done a few television projects, has had a difficult time finding a follow-up feature film, so in that regard, it’s nice to see female directors being supported.
On the other hand, I’d really love to know the thought process beyond “Hey, we should hire female directors to head up the female-centric films.” And it’s in that vein that I have to question the wisdom behind the latest news that Angelina Jolie is definitely being courted to direct Captain Marvel. My first question is, have the MCU heads even seen Unbroken?
As someone who doesn’t tend toward non-fiction and was absolutely blown away by Laura Hillenbrand’s telling of Louis Zamperini’s life, I can barely express my disappointment at Jolie’s film version. To have been able to completely sap any spark of life from such an exhilarating tale is indeed an accomplishment, but not one that should ever earn another directing gig at all, never mind a hotly anticipated action comic film. Let me be clear, I don’t dislike Angelina Jolie; she seems a courageous, lovely human being, and a compelling actress. But to have taken that man’s glorious story and turned it into the lifeless film I nearly walked out on is a damned crime. I can see where Marvel might want to have the power of her celebrity attached to their film, but Michelle MacLaren — who has created unforgettable episodes like Breaking Bad’s “One Minute” and “Gliding Over All” — would be a much better fit. Let’s hope they’ll consider MacLaren for Captain Marvel, and give our superhero the director she deserves.