The Woman Behind Wonder Woman Is Kicking Ass In A Man’s World

Be it Sofia Coppola’s historic ‘Best Director’ win in Cannes (the second in history), or Patty Jenkin’s venture into the world of superheroes, women behind the lense means more interesting female characters in front of it.

Jenkin’s last and only other film saw Charlize Theron transform from on-screen pin-up to serious Oscar-winning actress in Monster.

Charlize Theron, winner for Best Actress for “Monster” (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)

Charlize Theron with her ‘Best Actress’ Oscar in 2004

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins recalls Theron saying: ‘Nobody else would have done that. It was very, very unusual. She looked at me in a way that nobody has ever looked at me.’

Monster was an indie film with a budget of $8 million (around £6.2 million), whilst her new Wonder Woman flick had a budget of $150 million (around £117 million), which makes it the most expensive film ever shot by a woman.

Though Jenkins explained: ‘I can’t take on the history of 50 percent of the population just because I’m a woman’.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MAY 25: (L-R) Actor Gal Gadot, director Patty Jenkins and actor Lynda Carter attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Wonder Woman” at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins and Lynda Carter

She did turn down the most recent Thor movie for that reason:

There have been things that have crossed my path that seemed like troubled projects, and I thought, ‘If I take this, it’ll be a big disservice to women. If I take this knowing it’s going to be trouble and then it looks like it was me, that’s going to be a problem. If they do it with a man, it will just be yet another mistake that the studio made. But with me, it’s going to look like I dropped the ball, and it’s going to send a very bad message.’ So I’ve been very careful about what I take for that reason.

It doesn’t look like Jenkins had to worry about that when it comes to Wonder Women.

The film already has a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it’s said to be the best received DC Extended Universe film since the Dark Knight trilogy.

The film has an estimated global debut of $175 million-plus (around £135 million) with fans and critics alike raving about the film.


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