Here’s when the success of “Wonder Woman” really hit director Patty Jenkins, and we’re crying all over again
How many times have you seen Wonder Woman? At least three, right? The film made us cheer with feminist joy one minute and bawl hysterically the next, which is the sign of a truly great movie, if you ask us.
Months after its release, Wonder Woman continues to break box-office records and reach new milestones. And while it’s still playing in theaters, Wonder Woman 2 already has a release date. All things considered, it’s clear that audiences fell head over heels in love with the film. And we’re so happy for director Patty Jenkins and everyone involved with making such an important, empowering movie!
At a recent press event in New York City, we asked Jenkins when the success of Wonder Woman truly hit her.
"I think it was a week after it came out, when everybody came [to theaters] again the way that they did, and our drop was so low. Women were bringing other women back in huge gangs. I was like, 'Wow. This is unbelievable.' It was so early on, but still."
Despite Wonder Woman‘s massive popularity, there was a moment during filming when Jenkins wasn’t sure people would understand her vision.
"I remember at the very end of making the film, saying to Gal [Gadot] literally, 'Gal, I don't know. Listen man: We don't know. But maybe somebody will see the movie we tried to make. I've lost the forest for the trees. I know that's the best we can do. It is what it is,'" Jenkins recalled.
“So when anybody says, ‘I saw the movie you were trying to make and it affected me,’ you’re like, ‘Wow, thank you!’ For a number of people to be saying it was like, ‘Oh my God! They saw the movie we were trying to make!’ And that’s incredible.”
Actress Lucy Davis, who plays Etta in the film, agreed that the reception has been truly incredible.
"When I first saw [Jenkins] after the premiere, I looked at her and the first thing I said was, 'What just happened?!' What a journey it has been. It really has been a joy to be on."
Davis also said that being part of Wonder Woman has been a truly special experience.
"As an actor, sometimes I think we’re maybe meant to say 'Yeah, it's great! It's another job.' But it's not another job. It was joyous from start to finish, and it keeps going. To not be thankful for that would be childish. I've loved all of it."
Congratulations, Patty, Lucy, and the Wonder Woman team! You deserve ALL the praise. Now, is it December 19th, 2019 yet?