With Wonder Woman now rolling into theaters, director Patty Jenkins has a lot to be proud of. When watching the film, one can tell that she poured her heart and soul into every frame of this film. Whether it was through bringing Themyscira to life, or immersing audiences into the trenches of World War I, Jenkins hit it out of the park with Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman however is not the first comic book film project Jenkins was attached to. Previously, she was hired to direct Thor: The Dark World for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She eventually departed the project, citing creative differences. Subsequently, Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor took over the directorial duties.
Had Jenkins remained on Thor: The Dark World, she would have been the first female director to helm a film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, that title will be given to Anna Boden, who will co-direct Captain Marvel alongside her filmmaking partner Ryan Fleck.
In an interview with IndieWire, Jenkins revealed that leaving Thor: The Dark World saddened her, and the reason why she left was due to her feeling that she couldn’t adapt the greatest film she could make from Marvel’s script:
It was painful and sad because I really loved those guys and I loved the idea of us making a Thor together, but it’s one of those things. You have to make sure that the movie you want to make is fully the right movie for that studio too. It was heartbreaking, but I also knew that it was good… I knew that it was good because I didn’t think I could make a great film out of their script.
According to IndieWire, Jenkins’ original idea for the film was a Romeo and Juliet-esque story with the relationship between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) at the center of the narrative.
Jenkins also revealed that her decision to depart that project was partially due to fears of how it would impact female directors’ opportunities to helm projects of that scale:
If I do it, and it’s what I think it’s gonna be, I can’t help the fact that it will represent women directors everywhere, and then that’s going to be bad for everybody.
Thankfully, the inevitable financial success of Wonder Woman will be a game changer for the comic book movie genre. Because of Jenkins’ work, studios will be even more inspired to hire more women to direct big blockbusters.
Wonder Woman is in theaters now. Meanwhile, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok will open in theaters on November 3, 2017.