Director Patty Jenkins Talks Wonder Woman

Thursday, 29 December 2016 - 8:46PM
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Wonder Woman
Thursday, 29 December 2016 - 8:46PM
Director Patty Jenkins Talks Wonder Woman
While 2016 may have been a rough year for the DCEU, there are still many things for DC fans to be hopeful about. One of which is Gal Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman, and the character's first ever standalone film slated for a release in summer 2017. While her role in the film may have been minor, Gadot's performance in Batman v Superman blew the audience away, and with the stellar Patty Jenkins directing and DC Comics golden boy Geoff Johns contributing to the script, Wonder Woman is shaping up for what could be one really special comic book movie. Recently, Jenkins talked with Empire about the film. Though the plot's still tightly under wraps, she does shed light on a few basic details regarding Wonder Woman, and in particular, relates the stakes for the protagonist of the film, Diana Prince.

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My approach was to focus on telling the story of mechanised war and how that would look to a god visiting our world for the first time…I wanted the audience to understand the horrors that a war on this scale makes possible and how shocking that would be to someone who comes with a strong sense of honour and justice. She doesn't realise yet just how senselessly dark the world can be…

What motivates her is philosophical…She believes in goodness and love. [She] is fierce and willing to fight, but only to protect a better vision for mankind. Hers is really a coming-of-age story.
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While the DCEU has been all about offering different takes on iconic characters, Gadot's Wonder Woman may be the most original and ambitious of them all. As it's already been revealed that Diana walks away from protecting mankind, that means this coming-of-age story will likely end with Wonder Woman becoming disillusioned and hopeless because of the horrors of war and the corruption of men. While that's in line with the DCEU's currently darker aesthetic, the trailers seem to indicate that there will be plenty of humor as well, meaning that hopefully, Wonder Woman will be dark in a Rogue One, and not a BvS, kind of way. Anyway, the film definitely seems to be shaping up to be a totally different kind of superhero origin story; hopefully, that's what Jenkins delivers on.

Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2nd, 2017.
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