Patty Jenkins On Meeting With Warner Bros. For The First Time, Directing Pressures, And 'Wonder Woman'

Wonder Woman will be the first female superhero film directed by a woman with a $100 plus million budget. The film comes at a time when the superhero film genre is male dominated, but hopefully with Wonder Woman it will open the gates for more female driven movies, and with Marvel Studios making another superheroine film in Captain Marvel it seems the genre will become more balanced.

Patty Jenkins, the director for Wonder Woman, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the film and gave her perspective on things.

"I met with Warner Bros. right after I made Monster more than 10 years ago, and I said, 'I want to make Wonder Woman,'" Jenkins recalling her first meeting with the studio. "I’ve always been moved by the idea of movies that are personal but still have a huge reach. Superman had that effect on me when I was a kid — it rocked my world. That kind of movie was always the brass ring of what I wanted to do with my career."

"When I’m asked if I feel additional pressure because I’m a filmmaker who is female," Jenkins said. "I say that I think it’s important but there’s really nothing you can do about it. Every step of my career has been that way — every project is something no one has done before, male or female, the pressure is always high, and I’m always doing it as a woman, so I think you just have to learn to mute it out and just be a great director and give everything you can."

"Our film really draws from the original [1940s] Wonder Woman comic book by William Moulton Marston,"
Jenkins talked about the film's inspiration. "The goal was to tap into what always spoke to me about her — to honor who she was, her legacy, and to make her as universal as she was to all of us little girls who ran around pretending to be Lynda Carter when we were kids. Wonder Woman is the grand universal female hero who didn’t have to be lesser in any way. She wasn’t less powerful, she wasn’t less of a woman. She’s as beautiful as any woman and as strong as any man. That, to me, is so enduring. There have been so few female characters like that — who weren’t small, niche characters or sidekicks. She’s a full-blown superhero who lives up to all of your dreams in every way."

"It also was important to me to make sure she was as vulnerable, loving and warm as she should be,"
Jenkins on the essential aspect to portray in the character of Diana Prince. "It’s important for her to be multidimensional."

Patty talked more in her interview with THR, which you can find by clicking the link down below.


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 stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins and written by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg.

Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017.

Source: THR

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