Patty Jenkins On If ‘Batman V. Superman’ Changed ‘Wonder Woman’s Tone

'Wonder Woman' director Patty Jenkins addresses the question of whether or not the reception towards 'Batman v. Superman' changed the film's tone.


Wonder Woman opened to critical acclaim, with audiences praising the film’s optimistic and hopeful tone as a welcomed departure from previous DC Extended Universe films. With the reception towards Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad being generally negative, a number of fans have wondered if reactions to the DCEU films influenced the tonal shift of Wonder Woman. However, director Patty Jenkins revealed that the positive tone had always been part of her vision for the film during an interview with Business Insider.

Jenkins discussed how the studio gave her the creative freedom to craft the film she initially pitched:

“It could have, and it certainly does in the industry. In our case we were incredibly fortunate. DC […] didn’t ever give me a mandate of tone and I pitched to Warner Bros. and DC 10 years ago, ‘I want to make the origin movie a la the first Superman with Christopher Reeve. I want to go back and try to do a grand piece of cinema for her.’ So I had been very strong about, you know, being excited about that idea and they really supported it from the start. So, we were already just different.”

The studio’s decision to grant Jenkins creative and tonal freedom was certainly the right choice as Wonder Woman has become a record breaking box office success, with many fans naming it one of the most inspiring films in superhero movie history.

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, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui.

Wonder Woman will be released in theaters on June 2, 2017.

Source: Business Insider

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