During the Warner Bros. panel at Wondercon, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and co-writer/executive producer Geoff Johns discussed the upcoming DC Comics movie. Among other things the par talked about creating a great origin story for the character, and the importance of female led superhero movies.
Jenkins explained what made her want to make a Wonder Woman movie in the first place and why she thought it was a good idea to tell Diana’s origin.
“I love any superhero origin story, just because I think that the birth of superheroes, for many of us, is the idea of being a child, of being a person who connects with these kinds of characters, who end up getting the opportunity to make a difference in the world. I’m a big believer in the tradition of using these stories as a way to explore every single kind of person’s hopes and dreams for being a better person — a more powerful person in the world — and making a great choice when they get that chance.”
The director then went on to discuss her love of Christopher Reeves’ Superman movies and what impact the DC character had on her life.
“I couldn’t believe the effect that movie had on me. I was Superman. It didn’t matter who I was, and it didn’t matter where I was. I was that little boy who ripped his shirt, and picked up a car. I was that character who faced those challenges, and felt human.”
Jenkins also explained why Wonder Woman is her favourite superhero and why her story deserved to be told.
“When it comes to Wonder Woman, she’s my favorite superhero, but she’s one of the biggest, most well-known, classic superheroes of the genre, and the fact that nobody had gotten to make her origin story — it’s so important that every superhero get their day, and their origin story, and hers is beautiful and wonderful, and one that deserved to be told.”
“She’s not the only character who has a strong moral compass and a belief system, of course, but what I like about her is that that is her mission. Her mission is a belief of mankind and what they can be, and it’s a moral belief system. She’s one of the very few who believes in goodness and kindness, and justice and love, who comes to our world, hoping to instill that in other people, but is willing to use force if that’s what she must do to keep mankind safe.”
Co-writer and executive producer Geoff Johns then went on to boost excitement for the movie, stating that after Wonder Woman, studios won’t be afraid to make female superhero movies.
“In the ’90s, I was reading the same articles you guys would — like, someone says, ‘A female superhero movie won’t work,’ which I find ridiculous. You won’t hear that again.”
Wonder Woman is currently picking up a lot of early buzz and all footage previewed at Wondercon reportedly got a thunderous applause. I don’t know about you, but hearing how excited and passionate Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns are about this character, it’s hard not to get even more excited!
Wonder Woman will land in theatres on June 2, 2017!