Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who will star in Disney’s Jungle Cruise, has stated that he would love for Patty Jenkins to direct the project. Given that Jenkins directed Wonder Woman and that Johnson is slated to star as anti-hero Black Adam, this would make for an interesting combination of DC-related talent working together under the company that owns Marvel.
Talking with The Associated Press, Johnson revealed that his #1 – and currently, only – choice to direct the adaptation of the Disneyland ride is the director behind Monster and Wonder Woman:
Patty [Jenkins] has that really cool edge… I felt like she could be a really cool choice for a movie like Jungle Cruise. Plus, you know what? I’m just a big fan.
It’s possible that as a DC insider, Johnson has seen a bit of Wonder Woman and is impressed enough with what he’s seen that he’d like to work with Jenkins personally. Or it may just be that he’s familiar with some of her earlier projects like Monster and he’d like to work with her as an actor, even though the project probably has a lot more in common with a tentpole like Wonder Woman. Jungle Cruise won’t start filming for a while, so it’ll be a ways away until Jenkins is confirmed as a director – or perhaps not.
Jungle Cruise does not yet have an official release date (which is curious given that Disney announced a number of new films recently), but is expected to begin filming in Spring 2018. In the meantime, you can catch Johnson’s Baywatch on May 25, 2017 and Jenkins’ Wonder Woman on June 2.
10 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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