‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Director On The Story Needing Cheetah & Maxwell Lord

Director Patty Jenkins opens up about how the story in Wonder Woman 1984 naturally needed both Cheetah and Maxwell Lord.

A recent interview with Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins revealed the reason behind having Diana go up against two iconic DC villains in the film. Fans have seen a glimpse of Cheetah and Maxwell Lord in the footage revealed so far, but DC and Warner Bros. have been careful not to reveal Kristen Wiig’s comic-accurate transformation into the villain. Although Jenkins previously teased how Barbara Minerva’s resentment of Diana pushes her over the edge.

In a recent interview with Total Film, the director explained that the story naturally needed two villains, although the focus was originally intended just for Cheetah. Jenkins explained that Maxwell Lord has often provided a very mechanical purpose in the Wonder Woman comics, so he felt like the perfect addition to Diana’s next adventure on the big screen.

“It turned out that the story was the thing that gave birth to the need for both [villains]. It wasn’t that I thought I needed both. Cheetah was the villain that we were focused on having in this movie, but then Max Lord, throughout the history of Wonder Woman comics – he serves a very mechanical purpose, often.”

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The film is one of the many projects affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled to open in theaters in early June, Warner Bros. opted to push the release date to mid-August in hopes that the crisis will have abated by then and movie theaters, which have been forced to shut down, can re-open their doors.

Full details on the Wonder Woman 1984 plot are being kept under wraps, but the film is said to follow Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince as she comes into conflict with a formidable new adversary named Cheetah and businessman Maxwell Lord.

Directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she co-wrote with David Callaham and a treatment she developed with Geoff Johns, the film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Connie Nielson, and Robin Wright.

Wonder Woman 1984 is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on August 14, 2020.

Source: Total Film (via GamesRadar)

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Eammon Jacobs

Eammon Jacobs

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