Patty Jenkins On Directing ‘Wonder Woman’

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Wonder Woman is one of the most exciting projects coming to San Diego Comic-Con next week, but the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly gives us a small taste of what we should expect when the movie hits theaters next year to help ease the wait. Speaking with the magazine, director Patty Jenkins talked about how she always wanted to do Wonder Woman movie after making her directorial debut with 2003’s Monster:

“When I made Monster and they asked me what I wanted to do [next], I immediately said, ‘I want to make Wonder Woman.’ Everybody knew I wanted to make a superhero movie.”

However, things didn’t go quite as planned due to a pregnancy, so she had to wait a few more years before getting a chance to direct the project. Jenkins was actually at one point attached to direct Thor: The Dark World for Marvel Studios, but the director later parted ways with the studio, citing creative differences:

“I’m still so grateful to those guys for hiring a woman to direct f—ng Thor. Why would you do that? You don’t have to do that.”

Wonder Woman was originally supposed to be directed by Michelle MacLaren, who exited the project a few months before cameras began rolling. Two days later, Warner Bros. announced that Jenkins would be replacing her, but it sounds like she almost passed on the project due to the fact that the studio wasn’t interested in an origin story at the time:

“There was a period of time when we had two very different visions and I wanted them to find the right director for the job. It turned out we had a shared vision after all. I didn’t want to do anything more complicated. From my point of view, this was the movie I was talking to them about for about eight or nine years. I’ve met with 10 different people at Warner Bros and then it all came together in this one moment.”

The magazine also had a chance to speak with star Gal Gadot, who discussed why it’s important that a woman is directing this project:

“I think it’s important. It’s a story about a girl becoming a woman. I think only a woman, who has been a girl, can be able to tell the story in the right way.”

Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston,  David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui and Elena Anaya. The movie opens in theaters on June 2, 2017.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.

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  • SAMURAI36

    This film is going to be epic. Just the journey of what it took to make it, just makes it all the more worth it.

  • Marquis de Sade

    I forsee an underwhelming global gross of $436 million + mediocre to scathing critical responses. This dceu production is an exercise in mediocrity, and will be in my prayers.

    • AJayL

      Just out of curiosity, why do you think that this will be b.o. dud?

    • JMMagwood

      LOL You are praying, i’m sure. And dreaming. This will be the most over-hyped movie of 2017. Absolutely, ABSOLUTELY no way this will be critically panned. See how the critics have reacted to “Ghostbusters”? Well, “Wonder Woman” being directed by Patty Jenkins will be a factor of ten greater in effusive hype. WB won’t even have to woo critics. Whether it’s good or not, the entertainment news media will say it’s great. Sort of like a lot of Marvel movies, but even bigger!

      • Marquis de Sade

        LOL!
        BLASPHEMY AND WISHCRAFT YOU BE SPEAKIN’!

    • Darthmanwe

      Okay,….. 436? Why so specific? Did you see this in a prophetic dream or something?

      Seriously, I’m more concerned with you giving this specific a number than anything else. Because that’s just….

      Creepy.

  • flavortang

    Cannot wait. Super psyched to hear what is presented at SDCC regarding the Wonder Woman movie. Hopefully a teaser trailer maybe.