Patty Jenkins shares how Marvel Lady fights for greater than Warner Bros. ‘Token Director
One of the few times the DCEU managed to claim a decisive victory over the MCU was when Patty Jenkins became the first female filmmaker to make a big budget superhero film for the DCEU in 2017 Wonder woman. But although Jenkins’ work on the film was hailed as groundbreaking for women directors, she revealed in an interview with Marc Maron that Warner Bros. initially hired her as just a “token woman,” while other men did all real work behind the scenes .
“”[The studio] wanted to adjust myself like a beard; They wanted me to walk around on set as a woman, but it was their story and their vision. What about my ideas? They didn’t even want to read my script. There was such a distrust of a different way of doing things and a different point of view. So that definitely happened, even when I first got to Wonder Woman it was like, “Uh, yeah, ok, but let’s do it differently.” But I said, “Women don’t want to see that. She’s tough and tough and cuts people’s heads off, that’s not what – I’m a Wonder Woman fan, this is not what we’re looking for. Still, I could feel this shaky nervousness [on their part] out of my sight. ”
Before Wonder Woman hit the market, female-led superhero films were generally considered box office poison based on the performance of Halle Berry’s Catwoman, Jennifer Garner’s Elektra, and the failed Wonder Woman cable series starring Adrianne Palicki. According to Patty JenkinsWarner wasn’t sure which direction to go with a Wonder Woman movie, so Jenkins left the project for a long time.
“They were nervous that it wasn’t viable. They were all freaked out by all of the superhero movies that failed, the smaller ones that failed, and Christopher Nolan did the Dark Knight thing too, so I think they were fair I was trying to figure out what they were doing to DC back then, and the moment finally came [when Warners wanted me to make the film]. And there was a moment when they wanted to make a story that I wasn’t the right person for, which is me [left and] said, “It can’t be me” and they hired someone else for a little bit. I told them what kind of film I wanted to make. I said, “I don’t think this is the story you should be telling Wonder Woman,” and I didn’t want to be the one to argue about it for years. ”
Eventually, after much deliberation and deliberation, Warner brought Jenkins back and allowed her to make the Wonder Woman movie she’d always wanted to make. Now the filmmaker is celebrating the success of the recently released Wonder Woman in 1984 and preparing to do the third and final installment in the franchise as she always planned.
Directed and co-written by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 Stars like Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal and Natasha Rothwell. The film is currently in theaters and on HBO Max. This news is from the WTF podcast starring Marc Maron.
Topics: Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 2