Patty Jenkins, the director of the “Wonder Woman” movie, recently told EW.com how she was inspired by Richard Donner’s “Superman: The Movie”, even inserting a number of tributes to the film into her movie.
What the heroine stands for – core values like freedom and equality – aren’t too far removed from Superman’s principled pursuit of truth, justice, and the American Way, and it was Richard Donner’s landmark origin story that sealed Jenkins’ passion for superhero cinema. “It was my Star Wars,” she says.
Jenkins held that film close to her heart while she toiled away on Wonder Woman, ensuring that the spirit of Superman was felt in her superhero film. You’ll see it in some of the film’s smaller moments – like when Diana and Steve Trevor are cornered in a London alley, or the unabashed love affair the two main characters share in the piece.
The alley scene isn’t the only nod to “Superman: The Movie” in the film. Not only does Diana don a pair of glasses to form her secret identity, but she also has trouble exiting through a revolving door… Something Christopher Reeve’s Clark Kent did in “Superman: The Movie” as he exited the Daily Planet building as he follows Lois Lane outside.
If you haven’t yet seen “Wonder Woman”, in theaters now, I’d highly recommend you go see it. The film has the perfect balance of action, drama and humor, and is breaking box office records in its first week of release, already taking in $100.5 million in North America and an additional $122.5 million internationally.
If I didn’t know any better it would be nearly a dead ringer for those bullet scenes. It’s a wink and a nod to Richard Donner for what he did for Superman.
Now about the first time Diana Prince changes into Wonder Woman…hmmm
The movie was excellent. Patty Jenkins did a phenomenal job with the film and the character. Makes me wish they had considered her for both MOS and BvS. I think she should absolutely be considered for any Justice League follow up in addition to the Wonder Woman sequels. I enjoyed catching all the nods to the Donner film. Speaking of sequels… Is there any more news on Matthew VAughn or Bayona doing Man of Steel 2? As much as I’d love to see a WW2 or a new Batman film, they need to make A true Superman Sequel before they… Read more »
p.s. My hope is that this film solidifes the idea that these characters should be portrayed as they’re meant to be portrayed and move away from the idea of every hero needing to emulate another character in order to be successful. If you do a good job and make a great film like Patty Jenkins did here, the people will enjoy and embrace the characters for who they are. She seemed to truly understand the character as well which certainly helped.
WW is indeed an excellent and now historic movie and has received praise from all quarters of the Hollywood community including many Marvel personalities. How do you like that? Patty Jenkins also mentioned in an interview somewhere that she drew inspiration from Indiana Jones and Casablanca for the movie. I’m still waiting for a truly great Superman movie for this century. MOS was good, but not great. I really hope WB announces a Superman sequel at next month’s Comic-Con and finally give us Brainiac as a villain and introduce SuperGirl into the DCEU. The cutscenes of Brainiac in the Injustice… Read more »
The film was awesome, if you haven’t seen it make sure you do.
After watching Wonder Woman I felt like she had a lot of what Man of Steel was missing, what people want in a hero, compassion and the desire to do good.
I agree. They had this idea at that point that people wouldn’t respond to a character like Superman, but it’s been proven that if a character is written well and care is taken to bring them to life, people will respond positively. Captain America and Wonder Woman have both now proven this. My hope is that they do that going forward with Superman.
Exactly, I think there’s this loud minority that thinks Superman being traditional Superman is boring. Yet when you add those character aspects to other characters it’s met with praise.
I think people confuse the corny over the top boy scout we saw in the Donner movie with how Superman is supposed to be. It’s the character traits that define Superman IMO, not cheesy one liners and saving cats from trees.
What character traits do you Want to see in soldiers, police officers, doctors and your leaders? Those traits will give you what, IMO, makes for the best Superman.
i couldn’t have said that better myself!
Eh, I get where you’re coming from, but there are things to point out. For one thing, it’s not a loud minority that thinks Superman is boring; it’s a silent majority and we call them the “general audience”. For another, don’t forget that there is a reason why WB -stupidly- decided to emulate the Dark Knight trilogy; it wasn’t because they were reading the Homepage; it was because the Donner-based “Superman: Returns” didn’t work as a jumping off point. People do like Superman, but for WB what SR showed was that audiences wanted a different kind of movie. And, much… Read more »
After reading you wrote, I started to retort but felt I’d rather not have another “oh you poor simpleton, let me impart on you my grand knowledge because you’re a fool” explanation as had so eloquently written above.
Well like we were saying, the general audience has proven to accept a character with similar traits as superman that may perceived as ‘boring’ with Captain America and now Wonder Woman. To your other point, WB has proven, especially lately that they can and are usually very reactionary when it comes to these heroes. They saw that the dark knight worked and made billions and said to themselves ‘that should be the blueprint for all the heroes! Dark and brooding.’ Ignoring the fact that the DK trilogy worked so well because of quality writing and directing. In my opinion, superman… Read more »
I don’t disagree with most of what you wrote; what I’m saying is that WB moves based on the reception they see from the audience. Not only did SR fall well-below expectations for them, but let’s also not forget Green Lantern; a movie that was fairly upbeat and it was very badly received, even though it’s really not a bad film in itself (CGI suit notwithstanding). Also, I’m not sure the Cap comparison is entirely accurate; I don’t read Captain America and so I can’t personally verify this, but the Russo brothers have gone on record saying that when they… Read more »
What might seem “corny” now sure wasn’t then. Not only was STM new for it’s time, complete with great special effects but it had a credible story. In saying that, it was 1978. No cell phones, no computers, no internet. Him saving the cat in the tree was just another scene that depicted how good he was. No one thought anything about the girls mother slapping her for what she thought was lying. I’m sure if we had all this techno stuff back them, how STM would be regarded today might be quite different.
Hey all, I haven’t seen WW yet, but I was concerned there would be some gender bashing in it. How ‘anti-male’ is it, if it is at all? Thanks in advance.
None. It stayed neutral in that respect and that was wise in my opinion to choose to do that. There were definitely a couple of scenes where you thought you might get a cringy line, but they didn’t go there and it was all the more successful as a result. All inclusive superhero film for sure!
Glad to hear it!
Thanks for taking the time to respond!
Just got back from WW. It was obvious that ZS had a big hand in this movie. One of the best reasons to watch it! Now I thought the movie was good. Did I think it turned some kind of corner as far as content or even from a visual aspect?-No! Any time they have an origin story they can spend a significant amount of time on that. BUT….I certainly didn’t see anything that would have put it miles ahead of MOS or BvS, at least the way the movie critics graded it. I am stilled puzzled at how. let’s… Read more »
While the nod towards Donner STM was great, I’m pretty sure that the majority of movie goers didn’t have a glue. But since these movies are really made for two reasons, profit and entertainment, both of which looks like WW is accomplishing, we really won’t know much until the profits are in. I’m probably going out on the limb here but I figured WW would settle out with somewhere between 5 and 6 hundred mill area. A vast majority of that (maybe more) will probably come from the overseas market.
Donner was actually honored this week for all his accomplishments. A lot of praise was given to him for developing the essential modern superhero movie blueprint. Kevin Feige praised him as well and said that Marvel follows that blueprint and Patty Jenkins was also in attendance. Pretty cool!