Patty Jenkins First Woman To Helm $100 Million Budget With ‘Wonder Woman’

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An ongoing conversation in Hollywood has centered on the lack of women both in front of the camera and behind the scenes in major motion pictures. Patty Jenkins is helming the upcoming Wonder Woman film for DC and is making her mark not only the on comic book genre but on movies as a whole, being the first woman to have directed a live-action movie with a $100 million budget.

While attending the Cannes Film Festival Athena Film Festival artistic director Melissa Silverstein and European Women’s Audiovisual Network head of research and PR Francine Raveney discussed women in Hollywood and referenced Jenkins. They agreed that while the gender imbalance remains, films like Wonder Woman are moving forward to help change that.

“It’s the first movie that a woman has directed — a live-action movie — with a $100 million budget. First,” said Silverstein.

Their advice for movie-goers was to buy tickets for movies that are being helmed by female directors.

Production has wrapped on Wonder Woman and Jenkins took to social media to express how proud she was of this project. She tweeted out her love and thanks to the cast and crew, expressing how excited she is to have the movie hit the big screen.

Wonder Woman will feature one Gal Gadot in the lead role. Making this project the first female lead film for DC.

Gadot first made her debut as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Her performance and character has been a highlight amongst fans.

Wonder Woman stars Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaou, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis. Petty Jenkis will be directing and producers include Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, with Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Rebecca Roven serving as executive producers.

Wonder Woman is set to open June 2, 2017.

 

Source: Variety 

 

 

Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis, TV division, joined Heroic Hollywood in 2016. Prior to joining the team at Heroic, she worked for TheCelebrityCafe.com covering everything from music to...

  • Radar Technician Matt

    The more you know.

  • w0undedmagic

    “Their advice for movie-goers was to buy tickets for movies that are being helmed by female directors.”

    Sorry, I only buy tickets to films I WANT TO SEE. Not because of the race/gender of the director/cast. Please, please, please, don’t ruin this film by playing the PC card. Wonder Woman is a great character, don’t taint her existence with your political AGENDA.

    • HG2012

      misogynist

      • Timoyr

        Are you being serious?

        • JMMagwood

          Sarcasm and humor are two of the things that don’t translate well on the internet.

          • w0undedmagic

            Agreed, that’s why a simple /sarcasm tag works wonders.

      • w0undedmagic

        Lol yup, keep throwing that word at anyone with an opinion. Keep diluting it’s power. Make it a joke. Keep crying wolf from your safe space-we all know how that story ends.

  • Lupin

    It’s such a curious place for a vanguard to be in because if the film is not good (especially the action set pieces) some people will blame it on her being a woman and not knowing how to direct big action blockbusters, meanwhile if a man makes the same error they just blame it on him as in individual and not his entire gender.
    It’s kind of embarrassing for Hollywood that Patty Jenkins is the first female to helm a big budget blockbuster. That’s mind blowing gender inequality.

    • Math

      That’s a lot of pressure to take on. I hope for her sake that the movie is good because if it’s not, the backlash is not going to be pretty.

      • Lupin

        yh, from what Ive seen I think it’s going to be largely a period piece drama. I think they will do well to set expectations so crowds dont go in wanting to see an action comedy like most superhero films are.
        They should definitely have something substantial to show by SDCC but I think it’s going ot be marketed as an action blockbuster and it’s going to turn out to be more of a period piece drama blended with the fantasy action elements.

  • Steve Steve

    This is not fair to the character. Wonder Woman should transcend these kinds of political movements. Patty Jenkins should receive credit on her merit, not her gender. I hope the movie is great. I hope the narrative is compelling and does not resort to contrived dialogue and outright monologues to state that women are strong and independent.

    Gender sensitivities are leading to weak writing that diminishes the value of strong, independent female characters. If they are presented as tokens, they may as well stamp “No-Cash-Value” on their faces.

  • Hinscher

    Always hate articles like these.
    Feels like the whole if no one pointed it out, it wouldn’t be a big deal type of thing.
    This reminds me of some basketball player a few years ago. Apparently he was the first person to come out as openly gay in the league. (maybe it was football. Who cares). But first I was like “who cares” It’s 2013/14 who cares if someone is gay.
    Then secondly, I was surprised. Not by him being gay, but by him being the first openly gay one. It was freaking 2013/14, how could there have been no openly gay person yet in the league. I assumed there were probably a few dozen in the league minimum.
    Now to this story. The same thing. I assumed there were plenty of female directors that directed a 100+ million movie. Surprised this is the first. But in a way not surprised. Hollywood is one of the biggest hypocrites in the world. They constantly preach about equality in all issues, yet constantly are not walking the walk.
    What I find amusing is that Hollywood will probably try to run this as a victory/accomplishment. Like they are so righteous for paying a woman so much. When it’s kind of like “you been yelling at companies for years for not having enough CEO women, yet it wasn’t until today that you finally gave a female director this budget.”

  • Timoyr

    Not that I want to remind people of these films, but DC did make Supergirl (1984) and Catwoman (2004). So Wonder Woman will not be the first DC film with a female protagonist. It will likely be the first good one though.

    I also don’t necessary agree with there being much disparity in front of the camera. In big budget action films, most definitely, but that just makes sense. Men like those films more, which is why they are cast in those roles. It’s also why women are usually the leads in romantic films.
    I think there a difference in the quality of roles, not the quantity.

    I agree with the “if you want to support it, go see it”. I love it. It’s refreshing amist all of the “let’s force change” that’s going on. Let the money do the talking. That’s the only sure and fair way to make progress. Hollywood is a business after all. Even the most misogynist studio exec wouldn’t let his personal feelings go before millions of dollars.

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