Patty Jenkins talked with Variety during her cover shoot for the Power of Women L.A. issue about her work with the ARC Foundation, Gal Gadot and Chris Pine's on-screen chemistry in "Wonder Woman," and sparking a conversation with the film."I didn't start to make the connection about the lightning rod it was going to hit about the conversation that wanted to be had until it opened," she said in our "Variety Uncovered Presented by Dermstore" video. "I assumed it was going...
With all the talk of Hollywood’s lack of diversity, “Wonder Woman” marks several firsts. On the plus side, it makes Jenkins the first female director to helm a DC Comics movie, and she’s also made the first superhero movie with a female protagonist since 2005’s “Elektra” with Jennifer Garner.
On the other hand, “Wonder Woman” also highlights the glacial progress being made by female directors, as it’s Jenkins’ first full-length film since her 2003 feature film debut, “Monster,” the acclaimed biographical crime thriller about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, which she also wrote. That success put her on the map, but her career stalled. After being attached to Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” she left over creative differences and moved to television, where she directed episodes of “Arrested Development” and “ Entourage” and a segment of the 2011 Lifetime movie “Five.”
In 2011 she directed the pilot for AMC’s “The Killing,” which earned her a DGA award and a nom for a directing Emmy, and in 2013 she directed the pilot for “Betrayal.” Her much anticipated “Wonder Woman” action-adventure for Warner Bros. was the summer blockbuster hit of 2017, and she has sealed a deal to direct a sequel.