‘Wonder Woman’ movie signs Michelle MacLaren to develop, direct

Nov. 24, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
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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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Henry Cavill will be reprising his “Man of Steel” role as Superman in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Warner Bros.)

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Ben Affleck will portray the Dark Knight in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Warner Bros.)

Michelle MacLaren officially has come aboard to develop and direct Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie, sources confirmed Monday.

MacLaren’s extensive television credits include such prestige series as “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones”; the Wonder Woman film would mark her big-screen directorial debut.

MacLaren previously had been tipped as the director most likely to take the reins on the film, slated for a 2017 release.

Gal Gadot, who is playing the DC comics superheroine in 2016’s Zack Snyder-directed “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” will reprise the role in the stand-alone movie.

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“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Snyder said last year 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.”

The Wonder Woman film was part of a slate of new DC comics-inspired projects Warner Bros. unveiled last month during an investors conference.

DC also announced films for Shazam, the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Suicide Squad, Cyborg and a two-part project for the Justice League.

Warner Bros. has said that film projects also are in the works for other DC and Vertigo comic book properties including “The Sandman” and “Fables.”

— Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATherocomplex

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