This afternoon it became official - Michelle MacLaren is off Wonder Woman. I had heard there was some tension behind the scenes, but I had hoped it was the good sort, the kind that leads to everybody making each other perform at their highest level. I guess not.
The official reason for her leaving is 'creative differences,' and that seems legit according to the scuttlebutt that has reached me. MacLaren and Warner Bros couldn't agree on anything - including what time period to set the movie. More than that, MacLaren had some very particular visions for the film, visions that maybe would have alienated fandom. Although perhaps Diana having a tiger sidekick/pet she could talk with would have appealed to people more than I expect.
As of now it seems like Wonder Woman is still on for a 2017 release - which means they need to get a director in there soon. I don't even know if any of the stuff they developed with MacLaren, storywise, will last. It's quite possible that whoever comes on next will start from scratch - or will basically take orders from Zack Snyder, who could be shaping up to be the driving creative force behind the DC Movieverse.
It's funny - a few weeks ago I wrote about how Wonder Woman not being officially greenlit was not a big deal. I had heard some stuff at that point about friction, but I really hoped it would all work out. MacLaren seems awesome, and I think the creative differences were just differences, not a crazy director OR an evil studio. But now we have to see who gets the gig - it simply has to be a woman. And Hollywood is not used to calling up women.