Back when the script of Thor’s sequel and the second instalment, The Dark World was ready, Marvel began searching for directors for the film and approached Patty Jenkins. Later it was revealed that Patty quit to directed the film about God of Thunder’s another adventure due to “creative differences” between Patty and Marvel.
Alan Taylor replaced her before the production began and surprisingly, Thor: The Dark World turned out to be the worst Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
Patty Jenkins told Vanity Fair about her love towards Wonder Woman since she was a child and also spoke about why she quit directing Thor 2. She knew the script was bad and could not help to make it better as Marvel did not prefer to change the script.
I did not believe that I could make a good movie out of the script that they were planning on doing. I think it would have been a huge deal, it would have looked like it was my fault. It would’ve looked like, ‘Oh my God, this woman directed it and she missed all these things.’
Luckily for her, she did not end up being blamed for the failure of Thor 2. The movie has nothing to give for the fans other than a mediocre plot with clumsy action sequences. Yes, I agree with The dark World taking the story of MCU forward and giving story arc to characters, but its just lazy writing that took the movie down. Natalie Portman who plays the character of Jane Foster in MCU petitioned for a female director for the Thor sequel. When Patty quit, it led to a despite between Marvel and Portman.
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Patty said she is happy she did not direct the movie as it might have ruined her character if she did. Her success with Wonder Woman (2017) spoke a lot about her talent and passion for making movies.
Thor was the one time in my career where I really felt like, ‘Do this with [another director] and it’s not going to be a big deal. And maybe they’ll understand it and love it more than I do.
You can’t do movies you don’t believe in. The only reason to do it would be to prove to people that I could. But it wouldn’t have proved anything if I didn’t succeed. I don’t think that I would have gotten another chance. And so, I’m super grateful.
I sure believe what she said. It is not luck that worked out well with her, it’s her gut feeling. She knew the script was bad and stepped back even after knowing how big the opportunity was. I appreciate her confidence in making decisions.
Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman 1984 is coming on August 14, 2020. The theatrical release of WW84 starring Gal Gadot in the lead got postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The movie also stars Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal.