When I heard that Michelle MacLaren had departed as the director for 2017’s Wonder Woman because of ‘creative differences’ I was worried, specifically with the idea that the studio might not search out another female director to helm the project and instead that a male director might be tapped to take on such an important female tale. Thankfully this has not happened, and we can now confirm that Patty Jenkins has signed on to helm the adaptation, which will follow on from Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, bringing one of the most culturally significant comic book characters to the big screen.
Jenkins, who is best known for the intense true crime biopic Monster starring Charlize Theron, feels like the right choice as she’s got an attitude of not shying away from controversy, and will explore Wonder Woman, and the notion of femininity, in all of its forms on screen. Jenkins is also particularly adept at creating fully realized female character such as Theron’s portrayal of true life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, as well as staunch detective Sarah Lindon, played by Mireille Enos, in the US remake of The Killing, whose pilot she directed, and tone she helped craft. With Wonder Woman’s fascinating and ever evolving comic book history, as well as her place as a feminist icon, I’m comfortable knowing that a director like Jenkins will be handling the adaptation, which will no doubt highlight Diana Prince’s childhood and teenage years on the mystical land of Themyscira, her relationship to Scott Eastwood’s Steve Trevor and her role as a super-heroine next to Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman.
Jenkins hiring also comes on the exciting news that we are just days away from the first trailer for Batman v Superman, which will hopefully introduce us to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman on June 20 ahead of the films March 25 release next year.