Superhero movies are under constant scrutiny. From leaks to set photos to unconfirmed rumors on social media, these movies have more eyes on them than ever before. That can be either good or bad for building anticipation, but most of the time rumors not favorable. And no other franchise has felt the brunt of bad reports quite like the #DCEU. Wonder Woman in particular was rumored multiple times to have been in shambles while in production — and yet, the final movie was almost universally applauded.
So, what was up with those rumors, and what can they teach us for the future?
Patty Jenkins Was Understandably Not A Fan Of Messy 'Wonder Woman' Rumors
Director #PattyJenkins sat down for an interview with Collider, and the subject of deleted scenes in Wonder Woman came up. (Specifically, Wonder Woman has none of them.) The fact that a movie has no cut sequences is quite impressive, and it's also a good indication of the clear vision behind said film, something that made those rumors seem completely absurd to Jenkins:
"There aren’t any and that was actually the most frustrating thing when somebody made up the rumor that it was a mess and I was like 'Really? A mess? It’s the opposite. It is so steady. It’s been so even keel and steady.' It’s been such an opposite experience."
Jenkins shared how the constant negative reports can get pretty ridiculous, because according to her, the reported problems had no basis in reality:
"The rumor mill of these movies has been quite something to behold. I tried to learn to tune it out but the one thing I want to say to readers because it truly was stunning to me to watch is you truly can’t believe how absolutely false certain things are until you’re on the inside of one these things. You’re like, there’s not even kind of where there’s smoke, there’s fire. There is absolutely lies."
Dealing With The Rumors
As you can see, Jenkins was not a fan of the troubling reports swirling around her film. There were days, in fact, when she felt so fed up with them that she was tempted to finally come out and say something:
"You want to and then you have to restrain yourself because you’ll go crazy if you start doing that all the time. Definitely I was angry about the rumor that it was a mess because it [...] was clearly based on someone who had zero experience because there wasn’t anybody that you would be able to find that said that. It’s been a totally smooth."
Unfortunately, those negative reports eventually took a toll on her and the production, which is understandable. Having something you've worked on for two years be the target of the internet's extreme criticism can be quite discouraging. However, as Jenkins put it, they had to go on, and that criticism made her all the more excited to finally get to show the film to the audiences:
"I felt like the destructive quality that comes from [...] when you’re making something out of nothing and it was hurtful to a production to make it seem like something is true but what are you going to do? You have to make the movie and get to the other side of it. I’ve been fu––g dying to show the movie as a result. For a long time."
Keep in mind, Jenkins was just referring to her experience. Future rumors about superhero movies may well be true. As we've seen in the past, a good amount of rumors are eventually proven right. But at the same time, we just need to keep our minds open and be more skeptical about what kind of information we accept as fact.
Also, maybe let's wait to see the final product in theaters before making up our minds, because that's what all the anticipation's about in the first place!
Wonder Woman is currently in theaters. Go catch it.
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