'Wonder Woman' Wasn't Changed To Lighten Up the DCEU, Says Patty Jenkins

Thursday, 15 June 2017 - 11:06AM
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Thursday, 15 June 2017 - 11:06AM
'Wonder Woman' Wasn't Changed To Lighten Up the DCEU, Says Patty Jenkins
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Remember last year, when, in the response to Batman v Superman turning out to be a joyless drudge of a movie, Warner Bros. restructured DC Entertainment, and the whole cinematic universe very abruptly took a left turn into Comedyville? It was hard to miss. Suicide Squad bears the scars of a movie caught between two extremes in terms of style, and the early Justice League trailer is notable for actually showing Bruce Wayne smiling in a couple of scenes. That's progress, apparently.

With all this going on last year, it's natural to assume that Wonder Woman's light, optimistic tone is a reflection of the new direction that DC has undertaken— and one that's expected to continue with Batgirl, Nightwing, and Shazam! in future.



Apparently, though, this isn't the case. Patty Jenkins doesn't want Geoff Johns to steal any of the credit for her decision to make Wonder Woman enjoyable, rather than moody and boring. Her plans for the movie have been in development for ten years, and certainly weren't a quick reaction to everything that went wrong with BvSAccording to Jenkins:

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"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 ten 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 being excited about that idea, and they really supported it from the start. So we were already just different. It's hard to apply anything about one movie to another. So luckily, no. We just carried on. We were like, far away in England making this movie… we just trudged on."
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While it's great to learn that Jenkins was always completely on top of this project, it does seem like the only reason Wonder Woman is as good as it is comes down to Jenkins' vision. This makes sense, but it doesn't exactly engender optimism for the future of the DCEU. If Wonder Woman was a fluke, created in a rare case of Warner Bros not micromanaging every project, it's hard to imagine subsequent movies capturing that same success.

Wonder Woman is in theaters now.
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