One of the most renowned female directors in Hollywood and the woman behind the success of DCEU’s Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins talked quite a lot in her recent profile with Vanity Fair. Her upcoming movie Wonder Woman 1984 is a sequel that jumps time from its previous movie and takes places in 1984 as the title of the movie suggests. Gal Gadot reprises her role as Princess Diana aka Wonder Woman. Patty Spoke about her approach to directing both movies and giving the DCEU character a unique style.
Patty Jenkins admired Wonder Woman since she was a child and loved the comics. Directing a Wonder Woman movie is a dream come true for her. Her approached towards the character we saw on screen was empathized.
Heroism involves keeping your love and compassion intact while you try to change the world. I love that about Wonder Woman and it was one of the things I felt the most passionate about being maintained because it was something that I loved about her growing up. She was an inspiration and no part of her made me feel that I couldn’t also be a woman, and also be a mother, and also be a wife or a girlfriend or a partner. She’s a whole-bodied hero who stands for goodness, but also love and compassion and kindness. That’s where it was the most challengin, the world not thinking a female superhero could be powerful.
Films and Television always represented women in an inferior way. Let that be a superhero with the powers of a goddess. Patty did not want Wonder Woman to be just a “strong female character”.
There’s been such fear that a female character, couldn’t be vulnerable and they couldn’t be funny and they couldn’t have love. There’s this list of things they can’t have, to prove [that they’re strong]. I’m like, Well, that’s not the main character. You have to be able to have all these things. You can’t be afraid.
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Patty Jenkins also directed Monster (2003) and Five (2011). Wonder Woman (2017) became a blockbuster movie and a gave hope for all woman other there who wanted to do more than expected by society.
Wonder Woman 1984 got a new release date, it is pushed from June 5 to August 14 due to Coronavirus.