Using the most advanced computer technology ever invented, and a proprietary algorithm devised by a secret government think tank, The Dissolve created The Speculometron to determine the mathematical probability of the Internet’s latest movie rumors.
Rumor: Michelle MacLaren is going to direct Wonder Woman.
Evidence: “Sources tell Variety that Breaking Bad producer/director Michelle MacLaren is in talks to direct Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot...Warner Bros. had no comment on this story.”
The Speculometron’s calculations: We already know that Warner Bros. is bent on lining up a female director for their very first female-led solo superhero film—heck, that was an actual news item from just a few weeks ago—and MacLaren has long been viewed as the kind of woman director who could (and should) translate her talents to the big screen. She was targeted for the film by dreamcasters and media types before WB even let slip that they wanted a female filmmaker to helm their feature, along with other big names like Kathryn Bigelow, Angelina Jolie, and Lexi Alexander (the only woman to ever direct a Marvel film, and one who has made it clear that she is not interested in returning to the comic book fold with Wonder Woman).
MacLaren is the clear choice.
However, it’s not very heartening that Variety’s story comes without Warner Bros. weighing in at all—you’d think they’d be more than happy to push this news out ASAP, in a kind of “we said we would, and we did!” way. Perhaps the news is premature and they’re hammering out the details, perhaps it’s way premature and they haven’t even gotten down to real negotiations. It could even just be a well-placed rumor to throw people off the trail. Still, MacLaren is an obvious pick and person many would love to see get the gig. But we need more information before we stop speculating on this one.
Odds: 5 to 2.