In exactly a month, Wonder Woman makes her way to theaters for her first solo big-screen outing. Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is certainly excited to see her film release but she’s also hoping the character successfully represents all kinds of people, both men and women.
“The interesting thing about [Wonder Woman] is there’s no convincing to do; she has a cool following that never stops,” Jenkins said. “So many different superheroes have come and gone and Wonder Woman remains and has always remained one of the key, pivotal, important ones.”
With Wonder Woman’s storied history, she has certainly been a big part of DC for a long time, but it’s only now that she’s finally getting the movie treatment, which Jenkins partially attributes to other films that have come before and paved the way.
“Things like The Hunger Games have already made a huge impact and I think they helped open the door for us,” Jenkins said. “It’s finally saying: ‘Look, there are people making these things with female leads that doesn’t become a chick’s film! It becomes a film for both genders!’ and so other people have opened the door, but I certainly hope that in the superhero genre this will change things.”
Of course, Wonder Woman has always been a feminist icon and one of the most prominent superheroines of all time. This fact certainly isn’t lost on Jenkins but she also doesn’t want the character to be defined by a rigid mindset.
“That’s part of the interesting thing about Wonder Woman,” Jenkins said, “The expectation is that she should represent all women. Then again it comes down to that [think of there being] 70 male characters who get to represent every different version of men, but only one woman who has to represent not everybody but every struggling thing, you know?
“Of course she won’t end up representing everyone, but I hope she represents men and women. I hope she represents all kinds of people that never thought they’d be represented by her, because she’s a universe character. That’s what I want more than anything. She’s all of us because everybody’s wanted to do the right thing but not known how to do it, or be stronger or be good.”
At the end of the big battles and show-stopping set pieces, Wonder Woman is, at her core, a character who represents the “struggle to be a better person,” and that’s a sentiment almost everyone can relate to.
Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017.