Director Patty Jenkins On The Parallels Between ‘Wonder Woman’ & ‘Superman’

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Wonder Woman will finally arrive in theaters this week and early reactions from those fortunate enough to have seen film are overwhelmingly positive. With many praising director Patty Jenkins and the creative team behind the film for its optimistic tone and overall sense of fun, all signs indicate that Wonder Woman will be a film worthy of the iconic DC Comics heroine. In an interview with the LA Times, director Patty Jenkins discussed her approach to the film and how Richard Donner’s original Superman movie influenced her career.

Jenkins recalled how Superman: The Movie inspired her to make an important career move.

“‘Superman I’ had been a favorite movie of mine, even when I was at Cooper Union, which is a very fine-arts school. People were painting a portrait of the career that I could have as an indie New York filmmaker. The only thing that stood in my way from staying in New York — because I loved New York and I wanted to stay — was something more that I wanted to do that was inspired by ‘Superman.’ One day I would love to sing a song to the world, to bring something into the world that is beautiful in that sort of way.”

Jenkins commented on how previous attempts to produce a Wonder Woman film were partially hindered by a misunderstanding of the character, whom she compared to Superman in terms of their overall good nature.

“There’s been a fear that you needed to go harder in some direction to make [Wonder Woman] interesting. And I was always confused by it. You could go out on Halloween, even now, 75 years later, and there’s a good chunk of people dressed up as Wonder Woman. She’s pretty simple. She is like the parallel of Superman. She’s good, she means well, she’s kind, she’s loving.”

As someone who has been less-than-impressed with the previous three entries in the DCEU, the fact that Jenkins holds Richard Donner’s Superman film (an all-time favorite of mine) in such high regard and clearly has a strong love for Wonder Woman is music to my ears. With the film receiving rave reviews, it appears Jenkins was the perfect choice to helm Wonder Woman‘s first solo feature film.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… and her true destiny.

Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui.

Wonder Woman will be released in theaters on June 2, 2017.

Source: LA Times

10 Reasons To Be Optimistic About ‘Wonder Woman’

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Wonder WomanThere’s a fair amount riding on Wonder Woman, DC’s summer blockbuster, for more reasons than just being the first major female superhero movie made. It follows up two divisive entries in the universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While successful, the performances of both at the box office and with critics merited re-evaluation by the filmmakers in the form of corporate restructuring and written mea culpas.

Despite these stumbles, there’s many reasons to be optimistic about Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was well-received as Diana Prince in Batman v Superman, it’s set in the past, focusing on one character after two ensemble pictures, and both Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns add directorial and comic credibility, respectively. Plus, it’s no small thing that DC Films will beat Marvel Studios to the first female superhero movie, despite the latter having made over a dozen movies to former’s four. It’s important milestone for representation in pop culture.

Here’s 10 reasons to be optimistic about the Wonder Woman movie. Click Next to start!

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

Canadian film lover, comic book geek, political junkie and board game enthusiast.

  • Superman is a fine movie but it’s a pretty simplistic frame work to draw inspiration from. I was under the impression that audiences were gaining confidence and interest in more sophisticated takes on this material but it appears that is little more than a shifting goal post totally dependent on the character. A film like Logan that is widely praised for it’s mature approach is praised while a film like Batman v Superman, that took a similarly mature approach to it’s subject matter, is treated as a pariah because when it comes to those characters people still seem to prefer cartoonish morality tales. Even the Nolan Batman films, for of their surface realism, are just tales of, “good guys are good/ bad guys are bad”, the depictions of each being so over the top they detach themselves from the visual reality that makes the films safe for children. I’m not saying this is inherently a bad thing and people are, of course, free to enjoy what they enjoy but it does leave others of us wanting for more.