Wonder Woman will be reaching theaters in little more than a month, and Warner Bros. has released three teasers to promote the film. In between watching those, check out what the film's director, Patty Jenkins, had to say to our sister site, Empireonline, in an excerpt from this exclusive interview.
Question: There has been so much criticism over the lack of a superhero film focused on a female. How significant, then, is this and did that add any pressure?
Patty Jenkins: "I think it's pretty significant, but I also didn't think about it that way at all. I tried not to think about it, and that's the great thing about being a woman director doing it, is I was, like, 'Oh, I'm just making a superhero movie.' I'm not looking at her as being any different than any other superhero. And that's the victory. I think the reason that there wasn't a woman superhero made for a long time is because people were assuming that it had to be a different kind of thing. Or more rarefied, or something. This is Wonder Woman. There's nothing different. There's Batman, there's Superman, there's Wonder Woman. She's the full-blown real deal. So it's very significant, but I also just went forth trying to make a great superhero film the same way I would have with any of them, which was great."
Question: You've referenced the fact that you went right back to the beginning of the comics. That that was an important influence ...
Patty Jenkins: "You know, William Marston created the magic that has gone on to this day. What was so magical about Wonder Woman then, was how powerful she was, yet she was so beautiful, and she was so kind, and she had such a strong moral compass. That's it. That's who, to this day, has drawn millions of women and little girls, and men, and all different kinds of people into dressing up like Wonder Woman and identifying with her. I think it's absolutely important to honor the real, original Wonder Woman."
Question: You've referenced Superman: The Movie and its impact on you. How would you describe its influence?
Patty Jenkins: "It made me believe that I could be anything in my life. Yet it made me laugh, and it made me cry, and it made me fall in love with Superman and Lois Lane as a love story. And so, that is a wonderful thing to bring to other people with this film."
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