After the story of how Deadpool needed a leak of early footage to finally get the project going — Ryan Reynolds reportedly had been trying to get the movie made for 11 years — #WonderWoman is joining the list of #superhero movies that we're all so excited about now, but were nearly stuck forever in development limbo.
But while the tale of the Merc with a Mouth might have scared studio executives because of its then-niche audience and crude language, it's much more surprising to hear that a #comicbook character as popular as Wonder Woman would not get an instant green light. And yet, the Warner adaptation's director, Patty Jenkins, admitted that it took her a decade to finally make her dream movie come true.
Jenkins First Met With Warner Bros. About 'Wonder Woman' 10 Years Ago
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter for their Women in Entertainment 2016 issue, Jenkins explained how she's always wanted to direct Wonder Woman:
"I met with Warner Bros. right after I made 'Monster' more than 10 years ago, and I said, 'I want to make Wonder Woman.' I've always been moved by the idea of movies that are personal but still have a huge reach. Superman had that effect on me when I was a kid — it rocked my world. That kind of movie was always the brass ring of what I wanted to do with my career."
Jenkins's Monster, which she directed in 2003, got its lead actress, Charlize Theron, an Oscar, so it's quite a disappointment that such a success wouldn't make the Warner executives want to work with her. Granted, the choice of director isn't the only factor that will make a studio decide to move forward with a project, but even when the movie was finally considered, it first went to Michelle McLaren, and Jenkins only stepped in when McLaren exited.
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We Need More Wonder Women, Please And Thanks
While we'll never know exactly why Wonder Woman wasn't approved 10 years ago — were superheroes not hyped enough? Was the script terrible? Were they all scared of telling Lynda Carter someone else would play the Amazon princess? — it wouldn't be surprising to find out that with Jenkins and Diana both being women, the project just took longer to win over the big decision-makers of the movie industry.
Whether you look at blockbusters in general or superhero movies, it's painfully obvious that the genre lacks female leading figures. Over at Marvel, we're still impatiently waiting for a solo Black Widow movie, while #GalGadot will be the first big screen interpretation of Wonder Woman in the character's 75-year comic book existence.
Thankfully, we're making progress: Gadot's Diana Prince appearance in Batman v Superman has already proven she definitely has the potential to draw audiences, while the team behind Star Wars is finally thinking of bringing a female director on board after the Rey toy fiasco. There's still a long way to go, but we're getting there.
Are you going to see Wonder Woman? Which other female comic book character would you like to see on the big screen?
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)