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“I think I would be perfect”: Before Patty Jenkins, ‘Drive’ Director Wanted to Make Wonder Woman Movie With Christina Hendricks Playing Lead

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With DC on the verge of getting reset, which will finally erase the struggling DCEU and create a fresh slate for the upcoming projects, it will be engrossing to witness the new DCU bloom under James Gunn and Peter Safran. But despite its flaws, the DCEU did give fans several reasons to smile and Wonder Woman was one of the best things to come out of this universe, which remains one of the best DCEU entries to date.

However, before Patty Jenkins was allowed to lead the project with Gal Gadot at its forefront, there were rumors surrounding several other directors and actresses to lead the project. Among them, Christina Hendricks was rumored as one of the favorites for the role and the Drive director once showcased his interest in leading this project.

Also read: “Women don’t want to see that”: Patty Jenkins Went Against WB’s ‘Dark’ Wonder Woman Script, Refused to Portray Gal Gadot Chopping Heads in $822M Film

Wonder Woman (2017)
Wonder Woman (2017)

Nicolas Winding Refn once expressed his desire to craft a Wonder Woman film

Following the release of Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, director Nicolas Winding Refn soon rose to stardom and garnered immense appreciation for the critically acclaimed film. But considering that in the early 2010s Marvel was starting to blow and DC would soon kickstart their own Cinematic Universe, Refn showcased his interest to lead a prominent DC hero to the big screens. He said,

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“I would love to make Wonder Woman, I think I would be perfect to make Wonder Woman”.

On asked who will be the actress to lead his vision for the character, the director stated, “If I ever get to do it, she’s going to be it.” referring to Christina Hendricks, But he isn’t the only one who showcased an interest in diving into the Wonder Woman project, as Christina Hendricks too once shared her desire to play the role of the Amazonian princess.

Also read: “She is so impossibly beautiful but you don’t hate her”: Margot Robbie Reveals Dorky Gal Gadot Refused to Play Lead Role in $100 Million ‘Barbie’

Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn

Christina Hendricks would have loved to play the role of Wonder Woman

Although the future of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the DCU remains uncertain, it is hard to imagine anyone else as Princess Diana, as Gadot nailed the character in all of her appearances. However, before she was brought into the mix, Christina Hendricks was rumored as the top choice for the role, and the actress too showcased an interest in starring in this project. She stated,


“I’ve been wanting to wear that outfit my whole life … I had Underoos — I had Wonder Woman Underoos. I heard that rumor… I love it! I’d love to [do it]. That would be such fun! Let’s put it out there!”

Also read: “Maybe if it gets a sequel they’ll cast her”: Margot Robbie Regrets “Impossibly Beautiful” Gal Gadot isn’t in Barbie, Says Wonder Woman Star Has “Barbie Energy”

Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks

Even though witnessing Refn’s interpretation of the character would’ve been fun, considering that the Jenkins-led film was one of the few great things to come out of the DCEU, things worked out for the best.

Wonder Woman is available to stream on Max.

Source: Comic Book Movie


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Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a content writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.