‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Reflects On ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Marvel ThorWe are just one week away from the highly anticipated DC Comics film Wonder Woman, from director Patty Jenkins as Gal Gadot returns for the role of Diana Prince. It has been known for a long time that originally, Jenkins did almost helm a Marvel Studios film when Thor: The Dark World was first being developed. However, the plans got changed as Jenkins eventually stepped away from the director’s chair of the second Thor film.

In a recent interview with Uproox, Jenkins reflected on stepping away from the project that ended up being directed by Alan Taylor. When talking about it, Jenkins went on to discuss about how she didn’t see herself as the right director for the job.

“No. I don’t think I could have made a good movie out of Thor 2 because I wasn’t the right director. And I don’t think I would have been in the running for Wonder Woman as a result. And that’s one of the reasons why I’m glad I didn’t do it. Because I could have made a great Thor if I could have done the story that I was wanting to do. But I don’t think I was the right person to make a great Thor out of the story they wanted to do.”

Even though she was glad how that decision led her to land the gig of directing Wonder Woman, Jenkins was definitely bummed of having to let go of the Marvel gig.

“I was, too. I was heartbroken. I was like, oh, what a bummer. But in retrospect it all makes sense.”

“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.”

In case you missed it: make sure to check out what we learned from our big edit bay visit early this year with the director of the film, Patty Jenkins, but be aware of spoilers in some of our pieces – you have officially been warned!

Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, 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. The screenplay was written by Jenkins, Allan Heinberg and DC Films’ co-head Geoff Johns, with story by Heinberg and Justice League director Zack Snyder.

Wonder Woman opens in theaters on Friday, June 2.

Source: Uproxx

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Nathan_12thMan

    Given what we got from Thor 2…Marvel is the one that made a mistake, not Patty. Her legacy with Wonder Woman will be iconic where as making (even a good) Thor 2 movie would have been just another MCU movie.

    • Axxell

      As opposed to just another DCCU movie?

      • Nathan_12thMan

        *DCEU

        Wonder Woman isn’t “just another DCEU movie”. It is iconic and not just that, it is reportedly really good (by just about every critic and source). Being the director who cracked making a good female lead movie, super hero movie, and Wonder Woman movie (first time WW has ever been on the big screen) is career defining. Thor 2 isn’t, it isn’t even a blip on the MCU radar.

        • Axxell

          With Thor, she could’ve been the first female director of a major superhero film…specially significant considering her role wouldn’t have been decided by her gender (as it is when directing a female-led superhero movie). That would’ve been a much bigger statement and more career defining than fitting in the box female directors usually land with these things.

          • Nathan_12thMan

            Directing WW is a much bigger accomplishment. And is she not the first female director of a major superhero film right now? If not, still, directing WW (first female superhero lead movie, first WW movie ever, first universally liked DC movie, etc).

          • Axxell

            Those accomplishments are only notable because of dubious circumstances that call into question the significance of the decision to hire her. To wit, this is the first WW movie only because Warner Bros didn’t value the character enough to have made one in 40+ years of owning DC, not by an accomplishment of Jenkins’. And it’s the first universally liked DCCU movie because WB has been scrambling from the start.

            Furthermore, as I said, Marvel brought her in, not because they HAD to have a female director, but because they really believed she could do a good job with Thor. With WW, you can’t really say if they wanted her because of her skills or because of the gender check box on every female lead comic book movie’s directorial qualifications. Directing WW is pretty much a gimme for female directors, which are few in between already, so it’s not as big of an achievement. Not to mention that Thor was a much more obscure character; making a great movie out of it would’ve represented a bigger mark than doing one about one of the most easily marketable franchises on Earth.