Wonder Woman Director Reveals Comic Book Influences

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in Wonder Woman poster

Director Patty Jenkins has opened up about what the biggest comic book inspirations were for Wonder WomanFollowing her DC Extended Universe debut last year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Gadot is finally getting the chance to shine as Diana Prince in her own standalone film for the first time. And not only is Wonder Woman going to be the first female superhero-led movie to come from either the DCEU and/or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it also promises to be the Wonder Woman live-action movie that many fans have been waiting their entire lives to see.

Of course, following the reactions to both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad last year, some fans had remained skeptical of Wonder Woman up until this point, in fear of being disappointed again. Fortunately, the early reactions to Wonder Woman point towards the film already having a stronger positive backing from both critics and fans alike, leading up to its theatrical release next Friday.

In order to further build excitement towards its theatrical release next week, Jenkins took to her Twitter account to answer some questions from fans about Wonder Woman this week. When asked what were the biggest comic book influences on the adaptation as well, Jenkins revealed that some of the New 52 stories, along with the iconic Marston and George Perez runs wound up having the biggest impact on the film itself:

@LetsTalkDiana The original Marston run, of course. The George Perez run. Then lots of things from here and there.

— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) May 24, 2017

@uxxenterprise @WonderWomanFilm @GalGadot @CNconnienielsen The original run, with all its nuances. I also really loved the New 52 Diana storyline of leaving the island, and on.

— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) May 24, 2017

To most Wonder Woman fans, these answers won't come as much of a surprise, since (for the most part) they're considered to be the most iconic WW storylines in her comic book tenure. By bringing Diana into the film's World War I setting too, Jenkins and co. appear to have found a way to truly tap into the heart, fierceness, and ideals of the character that also shine so brightly in those specific comic book runs.

Jenkins hasn't just been open about what comic books inspired her overall vision for Wonder Woman either, also revealing in recent weeks, that she most wanted to emulate the sincerity present in both Christopher Reeves' original Superman film, and in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. With a tone that balances a healthy amount of heart and humor with some legitimately dark moments and action sequences, it looks like Wonder Woman has managed to find the tone that many fans had found to be absent in most of the previous DCEU films.

Whether or not all fans will agree with that when Wonder Woman is released to the general public next week, will have to wait to be seen. But at the very least, it's clear now that Jenkins and everyone else involved in it knew what they wanted Wonder Woman to be from the moment they started work on it - and so far, it appears to be very similar to what fans have been wanting for years now.

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Source: Patty Jenkins

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