Patty Jenkins is thrilled to finally release the highly-anticipated sequel Wonder Woman 1984.But Jenkins, who directed and co-wrote the script, admits none of it would have been possible without her first choice to play the superhero, Gal Gadot. And it…
Patty Jenkins is thrilled to finally release the highly-anticipated sequel Wonder Woman 1984.
But Jenkins, who directed and co-wrote the script, admits none of it would have been possible without her first choice to play the superhero, Gal Gadot. And it almost didn't go to plan.
"It's one of the luckiest things that ever happen to me because I'm so picky about casting," Jenkins tells 9Honey Celebrity. Watch above.
"She was already cast for Batman v Superman by Zac Snyder. So when I heard she had been cast, I almost had a heart attack because I was so picky about who would play Wonder Woman. But, oh my god, is she the best person ever. It was the luckiest thing to ever happen to me that Gal and I got put together on this project."
Wonder Woman 1984 follows Diana Prince (AKA Wonder Woman) as she works as a senior anthropologist. Her new hire, Barbara Ann Minerva, played by Kristen Wiig, develops a deep admiration for her which drives her to pursue superhuman abilities of her own.
Jenkins intention with the sequel was to make a movie that delivers "a bit of everything."
"I aimed not to just make a superhero film, not just make an action film," she says.
"But to make a grand drama, comedy, romance, and those other things. I hope it touches a little bit everything, and particularly when people are seeing it now, I hope that's a movie that the whole family can see together and everyone can get something different. Or hopefully, they get it all."
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wonder Woman 1984's release plan was pushed back multiple times. Ultimately, the studio landed on the idea of releasing it on the streaming platform HBO. In Australia, we get a cinematic release.
"Trying to figure out what was going on all year was impossible. Even the conversations, we had were just shooting in the dark. Nobody knows what was happening," Jenkins explains.
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"When this was first suggested to me, I was shocked by how excited I was by the idea. The whole point of filmmaking is communion with mankind. Even though, that's why I believe in the theatre is to have a group of people to see a movie together. "
Jenkins had kinds words for the Australian people in their "excellent" approach to getting the virus under control.
"Right now the world is going through something together, and very few people have been as excellent as handling it as you guys have in Australia," she says.
"It's felt like the right time to give the world something to comment on the year that had happened, and just to try give something positive ... I'm not for this kind of release plan in general, but I was very into it for this."
Wonder Woman 1984 leaves fans with a message that couldn't come at a better time.
Jenkins hopes, "that it inspires the hero inside people. That's what I care about the most with making a superhero movie."
"It's modelling a storyline of really facing challenging things and challenging yourself to be the best hero you can be at that moment," she says. "That's something that is so important right now, and so important to teach the younger generation. I hope every time they make a choice, they think of Wonder Woman and try to make the brave step."
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