Meet Patty Jenkins, the History-Making Director of Wonder Woman

"Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins
“Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins

In creating a complicated and compelling superhero, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins knew she had to strike a delicate balance.

“The worst thing that can happen to Wonder Woman is for her to become lesser in some way, for her to become angrier or more aggressive or too hostile or too loving and soft,” says Jenkins. “Those were the women that I have known, that have inspired me — on the one hand be fierce and strong and other hand be very loving and maternal.”

And, Jenkins tells Made in Hollywood reporter Julie Harkness Arnold, she wanted Wonder Woman to change over the course of the movie: “I really wanted her to blossom in that full way.”

Luckily, Jenkins had the perfect actress to carry that out.

Gal Gadot happens to be that person in real life,” Jenkins says. “So she had no problem bringing all of that beautiful dimension to it. And we loved that. She is a wonderful woman.”

The same can be said about Jenkins. Enjoying glowing reviews, the DC action film debuted with more than $100 million at the domestic box office, the biggest opening ever for a female director, topping the $93 million opening weekend for director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

For Jenkins, the top priority has always been about getting the movie right.

“I knew how wrong you could go if you didn’t nail a tone that bridged so much: war, period, fantasy, superhero,” she says. “It was a daunting task, but I had a great crew and artists working with me. We took that very seriously.”

So what was the smoothest part of making a blockbuster?

“Working with the actors,” she says of her cast which also included Chris Pine, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen. “It was a joy. It was a conversation that came very naturally. Their performances were wonderful. We definitely had some hard scenes. But it was a delightful partnership.”

 

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