4 things you should know about record-breaking Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins
Wonder Woman landed in cinemas last weekend, pulling in $100 million in the United States and $223 million worldwide. It's not only a big achievement for Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman in the film, but also for director Patty Jenkins, as the numbers represent the largest-ever opening weekend for a female director.
Here are four things to know about Jenkins.
1. Jenkins began studying painting, not filmmaking
Jenkins' big break came in 2003, directing Charlize Theron to a best actress Oscar as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster. Prior to that, she had made a couple of low-budget short films and had worked on a number of sets for documentaries, television commercials and music videos. But her initial schooling was in painting at The Cooper Union in New York City.
2. She turned down a chance to work on another superhero film before Wonder Woman
Jenkins was initially slated to direct Thor 2, but her plan to turn the plot into a film based loosely on Romeo and Juliet was rebuffed by the studio and Jenkins parted ways with the project due to creative differences.
3. She first discussed directing Wonder Woman over a decade ago
After the success of Monster, Jenkins discussed her desire to make Wonder Woman into a movie with Warner Bros., but things did not progress at the time. She would eventually turn her attention to directing episodes of television shows like Arrested Development and Entourage as the schedules were more conducive to her family life. Even when Wonder Woman was eventually given the green light, Jenkins was not the first choice. The film was initially meant to be directed by Michelle MacLaren, who had directed episodes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, but she left the project in the early stages of development.
4. She's working on a long-gestating project with Canadian actor Ryan Gosling
Jenkins has been working on a film entitled I Am Superman with Ryan Gosling for a number of years. Contrary to what the project's title might imply, it isn't another superhero vehicle. Instead, the proposed film explores how "a fighting pitbull finds itself on a strange and unexpected journey that will ultimately decide its fate."
— Del Cowie, q digital staff