‘Wonder Woman’ Director On Diana’s Lack Of Understanding Of Sexism

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has dished on how she used the World War I setting as a way to provide a social commentary on sexism issues of today.

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This summer, Warner Bros. will make history when it releases the first ever female-led superhero film, Wonder Woman. It’s an incredibly important film that it will determine the future of female-led superhero films as well as female directors in Hollywood.

The film set during World War I follows Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) after Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), an air force officer crash lands on the island of Themyscira — the home of the Amazons — and informs them of the great war going on in the outside world. Diana finds herself compelled to enter the conflict as she believes can help bring an end to the war.

As part of their 10 movies you must see this summer preview, USA Today spoke with the film’s director Patty Jenkins on how she used the World War I setting as a way to provide a social commentary on important social issues of today:

“She’s never met men before, so she has zero understanding of sexism in kind of a hilarious way. It just seems totally absurd to her.”

The director also explained that the backdrop of World War I makes it a bit easier for audiences to suspend their disbelief when they see Diana on the battlefield as opposed to being involved in a more recent historical event:

“If you tried to do it in a more literal event that we all know the details of, it would bog it down. (It would be) an alternate reality where you’re like, ‘That’s not how Watergate went.’ It could be more complicated.”

The magazine has also premiered a brand new image from Wonder Woman of Diana on the battlefield. You can check it out below.

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The film also stars Robin Wright as General Antiope and Connie Nielson as Queen Hippolyta, Lisa Loven Kongsli as Menalippe, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Sir Patrick Morgan, Elena Anaya as Doctor Maru, Ewen Bremner as Charlie, Saïd Taghmaoui as Sameer and Eugene Brave Rock as the Chief. Here’s the official synopsis:

 “’Wonder Woman’ hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. 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 hits theaters June 9, 2017.

Source: USA Today

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

News Editor, Film/TV Reporter at Heroic Hollywood.