Zack Snyder has revealed his thoughts on Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman film. After decades, Wonder Woman finally made her live-action debut in Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice last year, played by Gal Gadot. The actress will be reprising her role in the director’s Justice League later this year, but she first took a trip back to World War I in Jenkins’ Wonder Woman movie (which Snyder co-wrote), now playing in theaters.
Wonder Woman is already off to a strong start, raking in $38.8 million at the domestic box office on Friday (including Thursday night previews), with an additional $41.7 million coming from international markets. Despite the summer box office being relatively weak thus far (see the poor Memorial Weekend turnout), it’s no secret that people have been anxiously awaiting Diana Prince’s solo movie debut. It’s the first female-led superhero film of this caliber and the first to be directed by a female director.
We’ve already seen what critics had to say about Jenkins’ Wonder Woman (and the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with the film being “certified fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes). Now, we’re hearing from Snyder himself, who has played an integral role in not only bringing Wonder Woman to life on the big screen, but also in establishing the DC Extended Universe as a whole. After seeing Wonder Woman (and its critical and commercial success), Snyder had only one thing to say (along with the image below): “Proud.”
The director expressed his succinct thoughts on the film on the social media app Vero, and that same notion is being expressed by millions of people around the world, many of whom have waited their entire lives to see Wonder Woman receive her own standalone film on the big screen. In addition to Snyder being proud of the adaptation, some of Hollywood’s other top filmmakers also heaped praise onto Jenkins’ first foray into the superhero genre. Here’s what some of them said on Twitter:
I got to see Wonder Woman by myself weeks ago so shut up there's already been a man-only screening.— Joss Whedon (@joss) June 2, 2017
Oh and it's a godddamn delight. pic.twitter.com/PHWQWxcIwN
Many congrats to @PattyJenks and her awesome Wonder Woman on what looks to be an over 100 million opening weekend! ❤️— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 3, 2017
It’s not surprising that Joss Whedon saw the Wonder Woman film weeks ago, considering his close association with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Long before the director helped shepherd the Marvel Cinematic Universe with The Avengers movies (as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), he was working with DC Comics on making a Wonder Woman film. Unfortunately, due to various circumstances, the studio ended up passing on the project — but if you’re inclined, you can now read Whedon’s Wonder Woman script online.
Although his previous attempts at making a DC Comics movie didn’t work out, Whedon is now both helming the DCEU’s Batgirl movie and helping to finish Justice League, after Snyder had to temporarily depart the project due to a family tragedy. Furthermore, there are already plans to develop a Wonder Woman sequel with Jenkins returning at the helm, though it’s unclear when that movie would be released. Regardless, it’s safe to say that audiences should expect to see more female superhero-led films from hereon out.
Source: Zack Snyder (via Batman News), Twitter (various)