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April 15, 2015

‘Wonder Woman’: Warner Bros. hires new director Patty Jenkins after Michelle MacLaren’s departure

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"Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" director Zack Snyder tweeted out this first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros.)

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Praise Gaea! “Wonder Woman” has landed a new director.

Days after Michelle MacLaren departed as director of the DC Entertainment superhero film, Warner Bros. has hired Patty Jenkins to take the reins, Hero Complex has confirmed.

Patty Jenkins (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

Patty Jenkins (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)

Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning performance in 2003’s “Monster,” was originally tapped to direct 2013’s “Thor 2: The Dark World” for rival studio Marvel Entertainment. She dropped out, citing creative differences, and “Game of Thrones” alumnus Alan Taylor directed the Chris Hemsworth- and Tom Hiddleston-starring sequel.

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More recently, Jenkins earned an Emmy nomination for directing AMC’s crime drama “The Killing.”

MacLaren, whose departure from “Wonder Woman” was announced Monday, is also a respected television director whose credits include prestigious series “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones”; the Wonder Woman film would have marked her big-screen directorial debut.

“Wonder Woman” stars Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot as DC Comics’ leading lady. The character will first appear on the big screen in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” due in theaters March 25, 2016, before headlining her own film in 2017.

“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Snyder said when Gadot was cast. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

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