Wonder Woman Director Talks Origin Story & Leaving Thor
Though Batman v Superman wasn't exactly the movie fans or critics wanted, Suicide Squad seems to be getting the DCEU back on track. If the movie lives up to the hype, DC Films will feel a little more confident about moving forward into the future. Though we won't have to wait long for the next installment, with Wonder Woman getting her own solo movie this June. Director Patty Jenkins, who only wrapped on the high-flying comic book adventure earlier this summer, is finally opening up about her experiences on set. And she has quite a bit to say about what we can expect.
Wonder Woman will be flying her invisible jet directly into San Diego this coming week for Warner Bros. big Hall H panel at Comic-Con. And it's expected that we'll see the first trailer drop from the convention center. But before that happens, EW caught up with one-time painter turned indie filmmaker Patty Jenkins to find out why she wanted to embark on such a summer blockbuster.
Jenkins first made a name for herself directing the 2003 true-life thriller Monster, which won Charlize Theron a best actress Oscar. And though 14 years will have passed since that movie hit theaters, Jenkins insists that she always wanted to direct this big superhero movie featuring Diana Prince. It was her dream job. She explains.
"When I made Monster and they asked me what I wanted to do [next], I immediately said, 'I want to make Wonder Woman'. Everybody knew I wanted to make a superhero movie."
It was only two years after the release of Monster that Patty Jenkins got her hands on the first-ever Wonder Woman script. But as luck would have it, she was pregnant at the time, and couldn't leave for a year following the birth of her son. She says this.
"The second I had a child, I knew. When I'm on a movie, I'm unavailable, everyday for a year and a half. You can't do that with a little baby. Somebody might be able to do it, but not me."
Perhaps you are wondering where Jenkins was between the time spend on the set of Monster and Wonder Woman. Well, she was making a name for herself directing episodic TV, working on such iconic series as Arrested Development, Entourage and The Killing. Then, as any Marvel fan worth their salt knows, Jenkins landed the plumb gig of directing Thor 2. That didn't quite work out in her favor though. The development on the sequel was quite lengthy, and she didn't necessarily see eye-to-eye with the direction Marvel Studios and Disney wanted to move with the project. She was supposed to be the first woman to direct a Marvel movie for the MCU, but that wouldn't actually be the case.
Jenkins bailed on Thor 2 citing 'creative differences'. Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor eventually took over the high profile project. About her experiences with Marvel, and her Thor journey, the filmmaker says this.
"I'm still so grateful to those guys for hiring a woman to direct f-ng Thor. Why would you do that? You don't have to do that."
A similar scenario would actually play out on the set of Wonder Woman. Only she wasn't the one leaving due to creative circumstances this time. Michelle MacLaren was originally supposed to direct the movie. But the Breaking Bad director would exit six months after being announced for the project. Jenkins was quick to replace her. Though, Patty's experience with Thor made her weary of what to expect. But now that the smoke has cleared, she reveals that she got to make the origin story that she wanted to tell.
"There was a period of time when we had two very different visions and I wanted them to find the right director for the job. It turned out we had a shared vision after all. I didn't want to do anything more complicated. From my point of view, this was the movie I was talking to them about for about eight or nine years. I've met with 10 different people at Warner Bros and then it all came together in this one moment. Part of the reason I'm in such a good mood is this is the movie I've wanted to make my entire life. I feel so grateful that I get to be able to do this."
Gal Gadot stars in the movie as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman. Chris Pine is her love interest, Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Diana's mother, Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as her aunt General Antiope and Lisa Loven Kongsli as Antiope's lieutenant, Menalippe. The cast also includes Ewen Bremner, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis and Saïd Taghmaoui. You can check out a new photo here which shows Patty Jenkins on set with Gal Gadot. We've also included a gallery of recently released images.