'Wonder Woman' Director Patty Jenkins Nearly Made a Very Different 'Thor 2'

Thursday, 01 June 2017 - 7:36PM
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Thursday, 01 June 2017 - 7:36PM
'Wonder Woman' Director Patty Jenkins Nearly Made a Very Different 'Thor 2'
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Considering how many years it's been since the superhero movie boom started, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is now finally the first woman to helm a major franchise superhero film (excluding Punisher: War Zone, which was disconnected from any franchises and bombed regardless). 

But Jenkins nearly got a similar job back in 2011, when she was hired to direct the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor: The Dark World. She eventually stepped down due to "creative differences" with Marvel, and Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Terminator: Genisys) was given the job. The Dark World ended up being one of the weaker entries in the MCU - not to say it was bad, since even the worst MCU films are usually just boring and not terrible. But it was forgettable.

According to IndieWire, Jenkin's original vision for Thor 2 was a "Romeo-and-Juliet-esque space opera that hinged on the separation of Thor and Jane Foster," a departure from the eventual film which kept Jane (Natalie Portman) firmly under Thor's watch while she was poisoned by an Infinity Stone. Those "creative differences" were mostly just the wide gap between Jenkin's ideas and Marvel's Thor plans, as Jenkins explains:

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"It was painful and sad because I really loved those guys and I loved the idea of us making a 'Thor' together, but it's one of those things. You have to make sure that the movie you want to make is fully the right movie for that studio too. It was heartbreaking, but I also knew that it was good... I knew that it was good because I didn't think I could make a great film out of their script."
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It's a shame, because it sounds like Jane Foster nearly had a much more interesting plot line than the damsel-in-distress story she became, which could be one reason Portman isn't returning for Thor: Ragnarok this November. Still, Jenkins believes it wasn't the right movie for her, and that her leaving was ultimately for the better. As a female director working in the superhero dude-fest, she says she felt extra pressure that an unsuccessful movie wouldn't reflect well on other women in the field:

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"If I do [The Dark World], and it's what I think it's gonna be, I can't help the fact that it will represent women directors everywhere, and then that's going to be bad for everybody."
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In better news, Wonder Woman certainly seems like the right movie for Jenkins, as it's getting glowing reviews so far, much more so than other DC films like Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman

Wonder Woman comes out June 2, 2017.
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