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Who we'd pick to direct Gal Gadot in 'Wonder Woman'

Bird, Bigelow or Israeli pair could do the job.

Gal Gadot as Wonder WomanGal Gadot as Wonder WomanGal Gadot as Wonder Woman. (Photo: Zack Snyder / Twitter)

Oh, those pesky creative differences. They seem to be the biggest problem in the entertainment world, don't they? Those differences are the reason accomplished TV director Michelle MacLaren dropped out of directing the "Wonder Woman" feature film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It's disappointing news for fans looking forward to the movie, in which Israeli actress Gal Gadot plays the title role. Fans of "The Walking Dead," "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad" know that MacLaren does a great job of building tension and fear via character and emotion rather than blood and gore. Given the intensity of recent comic book adaptations – the end of the fourth episode of "Daredevil" is as violent as anything we've seen on "TWD" – being able to temper the brutality is essential.

So, who can take the wheel of this film, whose release is scheduled for 2017? We have a few ideas:


Brad Bird

Bird is one of the most versatile directors in the industry, able to move from animated classics like "The Iron Giant," "Ratatouille" and "The Incredibles" to big-budget action flicks like "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol." He'll be a hot property again this summer when the highly anticipated "Tomorrowland," starring George Clooney, is released. We know that Bird can handle the pressure of directing the blockbuster popcorn movie, and he'd also infuse the movie with a sense of humor.


Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado

The Israeli pair are the brains behind the surprise 2013 international hit "Big Bad Wolves." Keshales and Papushado were able to create some scary tension with a tiny budget. Imagine what they could do with DC and Warner Bros. backing them. "Wolves" also provided some sly and sophisticated dark humor that would need to be lightened up for the Comic-con crowd.


Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn BigelowKathryn Bigelow directed 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'The Hurt Locker.' (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

MacLaren's departure marks the second time that a female director has left a DC or Marvel adaptation over "creative differences," according to The Hollywood Reporter. To date, no woman has directed one of these adaptations. That streak needs to end. So who better to take the reins than an Academy Award winner? Yes, Bigelow's been directing super serious movies like "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty" in recent years, but who says that "Wonder Woman" shouldn't have some gravity to it? It would definitely give the movie a different – and welcomed – perspective.

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