Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins reveals she had little involvement with the portrayal of Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Prior to making her standalone debut earlier this summer, the superhero first appeared last spring in Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – the followup film to Man of Steel that additionally served as the official launchpad of the DC Extended Universe. As such, it featured returning hero Superman (Henry Cavill) and introduced all the major superheroes of the universe, including Wonder Woman, Batman (Ben Affleck), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
These six heroes will unite on screen later this year in Snyder’s Justice League, the first live-action adaptation of DC Comics’ most famous super-team. However, as part of the DCEU slate, each of the heroes are expected to receive a solo adventure with their own director and tone; James Wan’s Aquaman is the next out the gate after Justice League. Given Snyder’s involvement in Wonder Woman, it was unclear whether Jenkins would, in return, be involved with Justice League to help maintain the tone of Diana Prince across the DCEU entries. Now, the Wonder Woman director reveals she didn’t have much involvement at all.
During a roundtable interview with Jenkins and Wonder Woman co-star Lucy Davis to promote the movie’s home release, the director was asked if she was involved with Diana’s portrayal in Justice League. She said, “Not almost at all.” While Snyder is credited for the story and as a producer on Wonder Woman, Jenkins isn’t a producer on Justice League.
Of course, that’s not to say Wonder Woman will be inconsistent from her solo standalone feature to the team-up film. Snyder is, after all, the director who first introduced Diana Prince to the DCEU and Wonder Woman was one of the most universally praised aspects of Batman V Superman – shortly followed by Affleck’s Dark Knight. So it seems safe to say the Justice League director will be able to maintain the positivity and heart of Diana Prince as she was portrayed in Wonder Woman.
That said, Justice League has seen some changes behind the scenes since Snyder stepped down as director, with The Avengers‘ Joss Whedon directing reshoots and taking the reins through the post-production process. There has been plenty of speculation about what this means for the tone of Justice League, whether it will be lighter, and how the reshoots will affect certain character arcs. According to reports, reshoots have altered Cyborg’s storyline somewhat and eliminated Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor entirely. Whether there’s any validity to these reports remains to be seen, or may never be known if Snyder, Whedon, and Warner Bros. remain mum on the Justice League reshoots.
Still, Wonder Woman has now appeared in two DCEU installments and been praised in both. Given the positive reaction to the character in Batman V Superman and her solo film, it seems likely the creative team behind the DCEU will continue with what has worked about Diana while additionally developing her character as she teams up with the world’s greatest superheroes.
Wonder Woman will be available on Digital HD starting August 29, and on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD Blu-ray starting September 19.
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