Filmmaker Patty Jenkins is pictured with her Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot in a new on-set photo. Jenkins has been working hard in the past month getting the word out about the upcoming DCEU film, which is an origin movie for the DC Comics icon following the Amazon Warrior Princess’ memorable debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Without question, Wonder Woman is the biggest movie yet for the acclaimed Monster helmer, who previously was attached to the MCU film Thor: The Dark World before she and Marvel Studios parted ways due to creative differences.
The new photo arrives via Glamour and is from the film’s setting on Diana’s home, the island paradise of Themyscira. In an interview with the magazine, the filmmaker discusses how Wonder Woman breaks down barriers in more ways than one, from Jenkins becoming the first female to direct a big-budget superhero picture, to the first time a female superhero has been given a solo film. Jenkins also noted how her Wonder Woman is based not only on the character in the DC comic books, but on Lynda Carter‘s interpretation while she played the role in the TV series from the 1970s.
A lifelong fan of the character, Jenkins naturally knows that Wonder Woman is “a badass,” but the director also wants fans to know she has plenty of heart. Jenkins says it was her duty to say “being badass” doesn’t mean that Wonder Woman is “not loving, funny, warm, all those things.”
Gadot is also putting in a lot of time talking about the film, and in an interview with the New York Times, she addressed the frequent question she’s asked over Wonder Woman’s costume being too skimpy – an element that some people have apparently construed as being counterproductive in a film about female empowerment.
“I think as a feminist, you should be able to wear whatever you like! In any case, there is such a misunderstanding of the concept. Feminism is about equality and choice and freedom. And the writers, Patty and myself all figured that the best way to show that is to show Diana as having no awareness of social roles. She has no gender boundaries. To her, everyone is equal.”
With the film set to make its debut June 2, fans soon enough will be able to see Gadot exercise Wonder Woman’s stances on equality, choice and freedom through Jenkins’ unique vision. If the positive first reaction to the film holds up as others screen the movie, then the actress and director clearly have done their job, hopefully opening the door for Jenkins to continue telling Wonder Woman’s story through a second solo film.
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