Whether you are happy with the way Warner Bros. and DC Comics are running their film adaptation or not, you cannot deny the importance of Wonder Woman. The film is the first female-led superhero film of the modern era – the modern era begun when Iron Man and The Dark Knight hit in 2008. We have had an onslaught of Marvel and DC films, and yet none of them have gone to effort of adapting a female hero. Patty Jenkins’ movie – which stars Gal Gadot as the titular hero – means so much.
In a new interview with Empire Magazine, Jenkins sat down and discussed this innovation. Interestingly, Jenkins did not approach the film with the whole “this is a female superhero” mindset. Instead, she approached this film as just that, a film.
“I think it’s pretty significant, but I also didn’t think about it that way at all. I tried not to think about it, and that’s the great thing about being a woman director doing it, is I was like, “Oh, I’m just making a superhero movie.” I’m not looking at her as being any different than any other superhero. And that’s the victory.”
Jenkins went on to say:
“I think the reason that there wasn’t a woman superhero made for a long time is because people were assuming that it had to be a different kind of thing. Or more rarefied, or something. This is Wonder Woman. There’s nothing different. There’s Batman, there’s Superman, there’s Wonder Woman. She’s the full-blown real deal. So it’s very significant, but I also just went forth trying to make a great superhero film the same way I would have with any of them, which was great.”
Now, I do not know about you, but I believe Jenkins is – one of – the smartest directors in Hollywood. The fact that she understands the character – and her importance – so well, is truly touching. Of course, Jenkins was scheduled to direct Thor: The Dark World, before she dropped out, so her name attached to a superhero project has been a long time coming. Are you excited to see Wonder Woman when it opens everywhere on June 2nd?
Reasons To Be Optimistic About ‘Wonder Woman’
There’s a fair amount riding on Wonder Woman, DC’s summer blockbuster, for more reasons than just being the first major female superhero movie made. It follows up two divisive entries in the universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While successful, the performances of both at the box office and with critics merited re-evaluation by the filmmakers in the form of corporate restructuring and written mea culpas.
Despite these stumbles, there’s many reasons to be optimistic about Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was well-received as Diana Prince in Batman v Superman, it’s set in the past, focusing on one character after two ensemble pictures, and both Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns add directorial and comic credibility, respectively. Plus, it’s no small thing that DC Films will beat Marvel Studios to the first female superhero movie, despite the latter having made over a dozen movies to former’s four. It’s important milestone for representation in pop culture.
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