When Marvel's Ant-Man lost its director last year, it took the comic company weeks to find a replacement. For rival DC Comics and its big-screen version of Wonder Woman, there's no such problem. The movie's director, Michelle MacLaren, quit over creative differences just two days ago, but DC and studio Warner Bros. have already found someone to step into the breach. Enter Patty Jenkins, who The Hollywood Reporter says has agreed to a deal to direct the big-screen adaptation of the iconic comic character, due for release in 2017.
Jenkins recently directed the pilot for AMC series The Killing, but is best known for directing 2003's Monster, a crime drama that won star Charlize Theron an Oscar for her role as serial killer Aileen Wuomos. She was originally set to make her break into superhero movies as the director of Marvel's Thor 2, but walked away from the project over reported creative differences. Thor 2 would have made her the first female director of an entry in Marvel's cinematic canon — with her new gig, she instead becomes the first woman to direct an entry in DC Comics' growing movie universe.