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, Patty 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.”
Patty 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 Patty 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?