Director Michelle MacLaren has left the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, due to what’s been described as ‘creative differences’. The director was set to helm the superhero flick which is due out in 2017 and stars Gal Gadot in the title role.

GAL GADOTGal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in the now director-less movie.

“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together,” the studio said in a statement. No further details on what could have cause the split have been given, but The Hollywood Reporter has drawn comparisons to Patty Jenkins leaving Marvel’s Thor 2 in 2011.

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In that instance, Jenkins was seemingly on track to becoming the first female director of a Marvel movie. But when she and Marvel hit an impasse, the reigns of the movie were instead handed over to male director Alan Taylor. THR writes that the examples of Jenkins and now MacLaren will be sure to raise the question of ‘whether women filmmakers are welcome in the world of high-stakes, superhero movies’.

McLaren had been announced as the film’s director in November and was set to become the first female director to take on a superhero franchise since Lexi Alexander directed Punisher: War Zone in 2008. Warner Bros had been actively seeking a female director for the project and MacLaren was also said to have been heavily include in shaping the film’s script.

Wonder Woman would have been MacLaren’s big screen debut, but the director had plenty of experience, having directed 11 episodes of ‘Breaking Bad and worked on ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Walking Dead’.

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It’s not yet known wether MacLaren’s departure will affect the scheduled release of Woman Woman, which was due to hit theatres in 2017. But before her standalone movie Gal Gadot will appear as the DC heroine in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, coming in 2016, opposite Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill.