When Wonder Woman releases next year, it will be the first in a new wave of female-led superhero films. After her debut in this year’s Batman v Superman, fans have been craving more Wonder Woman. So when it was announced that Wonder Woman would be an actual film, many fans wondered who would be the director. Finally, DC and Warner Bros. decided on Patty Jenkins, who at one point was supposed to direct Thor 2. Now that the film has wrapped and in post-production, fans are excited about the film, but it wasn’t always that way.
For a long time fans worried that the film only signed Jenkins because of her gender, and that it would lower the quality of the film. Everything we have seen from the film so far looks amazing, so that fear has left a lot of fans’ minds. However, many still think that a female director had to be hired because of the titular character. Now, Gal Gadot, the actress who portrays Wonder Woman, recently had an interview where she explained that wasn’t the case at all. Here is what she had to say about the director.
“I don’t think it’s a gender kind of thing. Maybe because we’re telling a story of a girl growing up and becoming a woman, it’s easier for it to be told by someone who was once a girl and became a woman. I feel like Patty Jenkins was the right person for the movie because she was the right person for the movie. She knew exactly how she wanted to tell her story. She knew exactly what she wanted to get. She’s brilliant and smart and so passionate.”
Gadot also talked about how Jenkins’ story is somewhat simple, keeping things very focused.
“For her it was very important to not just portray her as a goddess, but to tell a very simple story of someone who believes in good and believes that people should be happy and lead safe, happy lives. We cared a lot about simplifying Wonder Woman’s agenda, because it is simple. It was her heart that we cared about, not her being this warrior. When you tell a story from the heart, all of us can relate, because all of us want to live in a safe, quiet, and peaceful world.”
Finally, Gadot addressed the recent comments made by Greg Rucka about the character’s sexuality. Rucka, who writes the Wonder Woman comic currently, said that he thinks the character is obviously queer due to her upbringing on an all-female island. Here is what Gadot had to say about that statement.
“It’s not something we’ve explored [in the film]. It never came to the table, but when you talk theoretically about all the women on Themyscira and how many years she was there, then what he said makes sense. In this movie she does not experience any bisexual relationships. But it’s not about that. She’s a woman who loves people for who they are. She can be bisexual. She loves people for their hearts.”
Wonder Woman releases next year and stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.