Before Patty Jenkins ever agreed to direct Wonder Woman, she was attached to direct 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. However, due to “creative differences,” Jenkins and Marvel split and the themes she hoped to explore in Thor’s second outing were left behind … until now. Thanks to the opportunity to direct Wonder Woman, Jenkins is now getting a second chance to incorporate some of those aspects into a superhero movie after all.
Comicbook.com caught up with Jenkins recently and asked her about the things she got to explore in Wonder Woman that she never got the chance to in Thor: The Dark World.
“I mean they’re very similar in a lot of ways,” Jenkins says of the two films. “It’s a lot of the same questions and a lot of the same struggles that I was interested in Thor’s story or here, although in that case it was the second movie so it would never have been as pure and as simple of an arc so I really think it was meant to be that I ended up doing this one, which I had always wanted to do anyway. And I got to do it in a kind of bigger and purer arc rather than putting it in that other story.”
Though she didn’t go into specifics, Jenkins’ statement suggests that the themes she’s exploring in Wonder Woman are more powerful when placed in the first installment of a film franchise rather than in a future installment. We’ll see soon enough what exactly those themes are and how they play out.
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.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Lucy Davis, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, and David Thewlis.
Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2, 2017.