‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Talks Developing A Strong Female Character

Next year, DC Comics’ Wonder Woman will be the first film to answer the ever-growing call for a female-led superhero flick. Set during World War I, Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince / Wonder Woman will fight alongside the allied forces to protect the free world. Not only is this film female-led, though, it also has a female director. Patty Jenkins, who was at the helm of Monster and Project Five is an outspoken fan of Diana Prince and strong superheroines.

In a recent talk with The Hollywood Reporter elaborately stressed the importance of having multidimensional characters, who are strong and not gender-stereotypical, but also warm and loving.

“[Wonder Woman] is as beautiful as any woman and as strong as any man. That, to me, is so enduring. There have been so few female characters like that — who weren’t small, niche characters or sidekicks. She’s a full-blown superhero who lives up to all of your dreams in every way.

It also was important to me to make sure she was as vulnerable, loving and warm as she should be. It’s important for her to be multidimensional. It’s been incredible to make something about a superhero that stands for a message of fighting for a loving, thoughtful government, especially in this current climate. It’s been a special process to make something with the beautiful message that it’s difficult to be a hero and stay kind and thoughtful in everything that you do. There’s going to be a lot of conversation about her being a woman in these times, but I think the greatest part about the character is that she’s so much bigger than all of that.”

Jenkins also briefly explained that the primary source material were some of the very first Wonder Woman comics ever, and the grand goal of the whole project.

“Our film really draws from the original [1940s] ‘Wonder Woman’ comic book by William Moulton Marston. The goal was to tap into what always spoke to me about her — to honor who she was, her legacy, and to make her as universal as she was to all of us little girls who ran around pretending to be Lynda Carter when we were kids. Wonder Woman is the grand universal female hero who didn’t have to be lesser in any way. She wasn’t less powerful, she wasn’t less of a woman.

Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2, 2017, and stars  Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Lisa Loven Kongsli as Menalippe, as well as Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya and David Thewlis.

Jonathan Warncke

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