‘Wonder Woman’: Patty Jenkins On If Reactions To ‘Batman V. Superman’ Changed The Film’s Tone

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Wonder Woman opened to critical acclaim, with audiences praising the film’s optimistic and hopeful tone as a welcomed departure from previous DC Extended Universe films. With the reception towards Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad being generally negative, a number of fans have wondered if reactions to the DCEU films influenced the tonal shift of Wonder Woman. However, director Patty Jenkins revealed that the positive tone had always been part of her vision for the film during an interview with Business Insider.

Jenkins discussed how the studio gave her the creative freedom to craft the film she initially pitched:

“It could have, and it certainly does in the industry. In our case we were incredibly fortunate. DC […] didn’t ever give me a mandate of tone and I pitched to Warner Bros. and DC 10 years ago, ‘I want to make the origin movie a la the first Superman with Christopher Reeve. I want to go back and try to do a grand piece of cinema for her.’ So I had been very strong about, you know, being excited about that idea and they really supported it from the start. So, we were already just different.”

The studio’s decision to grant Jenkins creative and tonal freedom was certainly the right choice as Wonder Woman has become a record breaking box office success, with many fans naming it one of the most inspiring films in superhero movie history.

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: Business Insider

7 Things Marvel Can Learn From ‘Wonder Woman’

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Ever since  2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been shaping the way that Superhero films are being made. While comics were certainly a popular resource to pull from, the MCU has pushed the superhero genre into the mainstream and causing studios to make bigger and bigger movies every single year. This accelerated launch into the superhero genre from nearly every studio has given rise to DC making their mark to have a cinematic universe as well. While the previous DC Extended Universe films have had little critical success, Wonder Woman was released to big box office and high critical reception.  This film did a lot of things differently, but found a perfect blend of action, comedy, and hopeful inspiration. It broke ground in representation as well as in superhero film quality. Marvel has made some great films, but there is a lot that they can learn and be taking notes of. 

Here are 7 things Marvel can learn from Wonder WomanThere will be some spoilers ahead. 

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

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  • Shawn Smith

    Anyone who honestly thinks that all of the Marvel movies feel and look the same either haven’t seen the movies are they are a DC apologist. Just for the sake of example, the look and tone of Captain America: The First Avenger is nothing like Captain America: The Winter Soldier which in turn is nothing at all like Ant-Man which is nothing like the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. The only one who was getting that particular criticism, until Wonder Woman came out, was the DCEU as it was all being painted with the same dark and gritty Snyder brush.

    All heroes can’t be selfless and inspiring otherwise you fall right back into the same “everything looks and feels the same,” trap.

    Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 is definitely comedy gold, yet when it needed to be serious and have emotional impact, it did so flawlessly. Movies don’t have to be joyless to have impact…as Wonder Woman also proves. It is pretty sad when it is a WWI period piece that brings joy to your franchise.

    Marvel doesn’t “keep on getting delayed.” The original release date was July 6th, 2018 and it was pushed back to March 8th, 2019. This happened due to the deal with Sony that put Spider-man in the MCU. This isn’t some great anti-women conspiracy. Spider-man is the premier Marvel hero. They would have been foolish not to make room for a solo film. The fact that they have already stated that Captain Marvel will be the most powerful hero in the MCU to date says volumes.

    All that said, Wonder Woman was an amazing movie with beautiful visuals and strong performances by Godot and Pine. They did borrow quite a bit from Marvel though. It was virtually a plot point by point remake of Captain America: The First Avenger.

    • Genghis

      “Anyone who honestly thinks that all of the Marvel movies feel and look the same either haven’t seen the movies are they are a DC apologist.”

      Yeah, all those movie critics who mention sameness, mention the villain issue, and mention the bland scores, while at the same time giving each Marvel movie critical approval, are just DC apologists.

      • Shawn Smith

        Oh goody… another DC conspiracy theorist. Whatever will I do?

        The vast majority of critics don’t have the issues you seem to think they do, and the minority who don’t, don’t just rubber stamp Marvel while trashing DC movies, which whether or not you can admit it, have sucked up until WW. Warner hasn’t made a good DC superhero movie since 1980 without Batman in it. I honestly hope they can keep making movies of WW’s caliber. Unlike you, I don’t find it necessary to take sides. Good DCEU movies aren’t going to hurt Marvel one iota.

        WW isn’t for kids? Wow… should tell Jenkins and Gadot that. They have been talking about how wonder the reaction to WW has been from young girls. In one specific article from Jenkins, a kindergarten class.

        Erroneous? Let’s see… change the origin and gender of the hero and you have – Hero joins up with a band of military misfits to hunt down and defeat a crazy German and his pet scientist in the middle of a world war only to have the hero and his/her love interest separated by a heroic sacrifice involving an airplane. You’re right, WW is nothing like The First Avenger. LOL

        • Genghis

          “Warner hasn’t made a good DC superhero movie since 1980…”

          Pretty much sums up the nonsense of the rest of your post.