Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is now on the shortlist for TIME's Person of the Year. The acclaimed Monster director recently helmed the first live-action Wonder Woman movie, starring Gal Gadot as the eponymous DC superhero, which finally hit theaters earlier this year. The film was the fourth installment in Warner Bros. newly-formed DC Comics-based universe (unofficially titled the DCEU), and it remains the only critically acclaimed movie in the franchise. What's more, Wonder Woman recently became Rotten Tomatoes' highest-rated superhero movie of all time.
Wonder Woman released in June 2017 and, against all odds, became the highest-grossing superhero origin movie ever released, both domestically and internationally. The DC film also scored Jenkins the top-honor for becoming the first woman director to make a movie that grossed over $100 million during its opening weekend - and that was for a female-led superhero no less. Wonder Woman ended its theatrical run with an astounding $821.7 million global box office gross, thus making it the highest-grossing DCEU movie domestically and (currently) the second highest-grossing film of the year, also domestically, behind Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast.
Both the Wonder Woman movie and Patty Jenkins herself have been greatly influential on the news (and on the filmmaking industry) since the film hit screens this past summer, and TIME Magazine recognizes that. TIME's Person of the Year is determined based on how influential a person was in the news throughout the year, for better or worse - and this year that just might be Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, who's now made TIME's shortlist, consisting of 10 total finalists. Take a look at Jenkins' reaction to the news below:
Wow. Wow. This is pretty stunning. Thanks to all who voted and are voting for me. So flattering. TIME announces the 2017 Person of the Year shortlist on 'Today' show https://t.co/OL0S73PVmn
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) December 4, 2017
Other finalists for TIME's 2017 Person of the Year include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, U.S. President Donald Trump, and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, among others. Ultimately, TIME will make the decision for who becomes 2017's Person of the Year, though the magazine's readers had a hand in deciding who made it onto the shortlist by voting for their preferred candidates, and Jenkins was among the top people chosen. What's more, she's the only entertainment professional to make the list this year.
Now that Wonder Woman is already out on home video, Jenkins is ramping up pre-production for Wonder Woman 2, which she signed on to direct in a landmark deal that makes her the highest-paid woman director in the industry. Wonder Woman 2 is slated to begin filming in summer 2018 for a planned November 2019 release, with Gadot reprising her role as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman.
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