Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins has revealed not only that she was approached to direct a Justice League film but why she ultimately turned down the offer from the studio.
Jenkins, who directed her first superhero film with Wonder Woman — the DCEU’s first female-led installment which smashed records at the box office when it debuted in 2017 — returns to the franchise this summer with the sequel Wonder Woman 1984.
The film was slated to hit theaters on June 5, 2020, but was pushed back to August due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, Premiere has released an interview with the director in which she tells the magazine that Warner Bros. did indeed offer her a Justice League film to direct but that task of bringing different superheroes together for a team-up film isn’t something that resonates with her. Although the French magazine isn’t available here in the United States, an Instagram user has translated some of the quotes from the interview with Jenkins.
“I really like the people who work there, but they want full control over their movies. The director is under control. Yes, it can happen. Furthermore, It shows immediately if a director cannot impose his/her vision. When this is the case, I get the impression that these people are doing a different job than me. But with Wonder Woman 1984, I think I did exactly what I wanted. And then, everything a superhero movie needs comes naturally to me: I love shooting great action scenes versus great sets. I really enjoy it.”
Jenkins explained that the idea of a shared universe and the challenge of bridging together the continuities of multiple characters isn’t something she actually cares about:
“I love comics, but I’ve come to superheroes through films. There is in me this desire to emulate compared to the movies I saw as a child. A certain spirit that reigned in those times. Is that relevant when I shoot? I don’t know. The point is, unlike other directors, I don’t really care about shared universes, continuity, and that kind of detail. I’ve been contacted to make a Justice League movie in the past, and it doesn’t connect to me. Too many characters.”
Despite a Justice League sequel being announced many years ago, Warner Bros. does not appear to have any plans for a follow-up after Zack Snyder’s long-awaited director’s cut of the film comes to HBO Max sometime in 2021. While the theatrical release of the film was both a critical and commercial failure, Warner Bros. will be spending at least $20-$30 million to bring Snyder’s original vision for the project to the new streaming service next year.
As for Jenkins, while the director has no interest in making a Justice League film, she does have plans for a third Wonder Woman installment, although she’s keeping any and all details for that under wraps until Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters.
Full details on the Wonder Woman 1984 plot are being kept under wraps, but the film is said to follow Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince as she comes into conflict with a formidable new adversary named Cheetah and businessman Maxwell Lord. Wonder Woman was last seen in Zack Snyder’s DC superhero team-up movie Justice League.
Directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she co-wrote with David Callaham and a treatment she developed with Geoff Johns, the film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Connie Nielson, and Robin Wright.
Wonder Woman 1984 is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on August 14, 2020. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Patty Jenkins and the future of the DC Extended Universe and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!