Making Wonder Woman has been a dream for director Patty Jenkins. She first took to superheroes after having seen Superman in 1978. She calls Richard Donner’s film her “Star Wars” and she’s been hooked superheroes ever since.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Jenkins said that she had certain goals in how she wanted Wonder Woman portrayed that would stay true to her character.
“She doesn’t punch people in the face. That’s not the most effective way to stop something from happening. And she doesn’t stomp on somebody’s chest to get information. She’s not that kind of person.”
Jenkins also wanted Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman to never emulate any distinct forms of masculinity in certain stances.
“No. That’s not my dream. That’s not my fantasy. I don’t want to make her into a man. I want her to keep her integrity and grace while she fights.”
This is Jenkins’ biggest budget film and she was very adamant about being detail-oriented. And since she has a deep passion for Wonder Woman and the art of filmmaking, it helped her to “stay vigilant.”
“I believe in the vigilance of that art. To stay vigilant every single day for the entire time is what the job is. It’s tiring. You want to go home, but then you’re like, ‘Hey, can we work this weekend?’ Wait, who said that? ‘God damn it! It’s me.'”
The film’s star, Gal Gadot, also chimed in to praise Jenkins and her work on the film.
“Patty has this amazing ability to pay attention to the smallest details at the same time, still not forgetting about the bigger picture and the broader message. Working with her is working with someone who doesn’t give up, that doesn’t get exhausted at any time.”
Wonder Woman is now playing in theaters. You can read Heroic Hollywood’s review of the film here.
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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