Years before Patty Jenkins directed Wonder Woman, she was linked to another superhero: Thor. Jenkins was the first director attached to what would become 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, but she left the project long before cameras started rolling.
Patty Jenkins (right) directs Connie Nielsen on the set of Wonder Woman. Image: Warner Bros.
“It was painful and sad because I really loved those guys and I loved the idea of us making a Thor together, but it’s one of those things,” Jenkins told IndieWire. “You have to make sure that the movie you want to make is fully the right movie for that studio too. It was heartbreaking, but I also knew that it was good.”
“I knew that it was good because I didn’t think I could make a great film out of their script,” she added.
According to the report, Jenkins wanted to make the sequel to Thor “a Romeo-and-Juliet-esque space opera that hinged on the separation of Thor and Jane Foster”. That, of course, is not the direction Marvel Studios took the film, which was eventually directed by Game of Thrones vet Alan Taylor. So she decided to leave the project.
“As heartbreaking as it was, I was also like, ‘Oh my god, I can’t do something I don’t believe in, in that big of a scale,'” Jenkins said. “I knew that that was going to set [not only] me back, but also women directors back.”
Thor: The Dark World would have been Jenkins’ second feature after 2003’s Oscar-winning Monster, a 10-year-gap. It would then take four more years to get her second film into theatres. At least that film is the one she really wanted the whole time, Wonder Woman.
“I was the person who had been coming and talking to [Warner Bros.] about it for a long time and talking about doing it in a very specific way,” Jenkins said. “When the studio finally realised that was the way they wanted to do it, too, I was the obvious choice.”
Wonder Woman is in theatres now.