Patty Jenkins Explains How Wonder Woman Will Differ From Other Super Hero Films


Fight scenes and super heroes go together like Wonder Woman and her golden lasso. Some people judge a super hero movie only by the excitement level and epicness of the action sequences. For that reason, most super hero fight scenes are designed to be big spectacles of grand mayhem and carnage. However, that won’t be the case in the new Wonder Woman film.

Jenkins says that all the fights in Wonder Woman will be character-driven, and done from the point-of-view of the heroic Amazon Princess (Played by Gal Gadot) herself.  None of the battles will be pointless or gratuitous. They’re all important to Wonder Woman’s journey.

While being interviewed on DC’s YouTube channel, Jenkins said, “Every action sequence is from her point of view and for her story. And so there was no point in the movie that we ever stepped out and were like, ‘Look at this extravaganza!’… She witnesses a battle on a beach that rocks her world and changes her understanding of what warfare is. And then she comes to man’s world and she sees a war that everyone says is impenetrable and nothing can be done about it, and she says ‘What am I going to do about it?’ So that was what was fun, and it makes it like everything else I’ve ever done, because you’re just saying, ‘Here’s my character, here’s the journey that they’re on, how do I want to experience that and how do you do it?”

This will differ the action in the Wonder Woman movie from the chaotic, explosive set pieces that we saw in the climactic battles of Avengers: Age of Ultron or Batman v Super: Dawn of Justice. Few super hero films—or action films in general, for that matter—use their fight scenes to tell us more about the characters. It’s a rare and admirable approach that will give us some insight into our heroine.

From what we’ve seen and heard so far, this version of Wonder Woman will have a lot more depth and personality than the DCEU version of Superman, who was a just a brooding, boring cipher. According to Gal Gadot, in an interview she did with Entertainment Weekly last summer, “Diana is really accessible. It’s very easy to relate to her. She has the heart of a human so she can be emotional, she’s curious, she’s compassionate, she loves people. And then she has the powers of a goddess. She’s all for good, she fights for good, she believes in great. I want to be her. And in Wonder Woman, she has this naiveté in her. It isn’t stupid, it’s magical. I would want to be naïve like that again.”

Gadot further says, “She’s a young idealist who’s been taught that the world is very simple: it’s black or white, bad or good. It’s how she was raised. It’s what she believes in and there is something charming about the simplistic way in which she sees the world. But once she falls in love and starts her journey with Steven Trevor (Chris Pine), he educates her about the complexity of mankind. There is no such thing as only good and bad, black or white. It’s complicated.” 

Wonder Woman is looking promising, and will hopefully be the course-correction the DCEU needs. The film hits theaters on June 2nd.