‘Queen of Katwe’ Star & Director On ‘Wonder Woman’s Meaning For Women

Wonder Woman

One of the greatest things that can and should come out of the success of Warner Bros. and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is that is will hopefully provide more opportunities for woman on the big screen, whether it be in front of or behind the camera.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, “Queen of Katwe” star Lupita Nyong’o and that film’s director Mira Nair were asked about how the success of Wonder Woman is encouraging to actresses and female directors. Here is what Nair said:

“Well, you know, it’s very encouraging and it’s also like a wake-up call to Hollywood and to the world in a way, because, actually, women have bought tickets to cinemas almost much more than men have over the decades, and women have actually been behind the camera and been in front of the camera ever since cinema was created in a certain sense. But it is a wonderful thing to have a tangible thing like Wonder Woman, which really sort of galvanizes the box office with all the marketing behind it, but also at it’s heart is a story that is full of emotion, vulnerability and action in a sense that has captured the world. It’s part of the avalanche that we have been striving for, but the real work and the real blood of it all we have to just continue. Wonder Woman is a wonderful flash, but the sinew of it has to keep continuing.”

When the interviewer stated that the women of the industry can’t just be satisfied yet with the film’s success because women’s work to change the overall perspective has to continue on, Nyong’o stated:

“No, never satisfied. But what films like Queen of Katwe do and Wonder Woman, very different films, but to have these very strong female protagonists at the center of the narrative changes our subconscious relationship with what it means to be female. I mean, we as women have been projecting ourselves onto male stories for a very long time. So to have the opposite happen, I just read something about a boy in kindergarten who had an Iron Man luchbox and went home and asked for a Wonder Woman lunchbox. That, it’s changing people’s minds about what it means to be a gender other than your own and that, I think, is very important in fostering equality.”

Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui and Eugene Brave Rock. Here is the official synopsis for the film:

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… and her true destiny.

Wonder Woman is in theaters now. You can check out my review of the film here.

Source: Access Hollywood

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).