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“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

"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

Director Patty Jenkins had her own vision of Wonder Woman when she created the 2017 masterpiece. Talking about the mistrust and her horrible experience at Warner Bros. Discovery (formerly Warner Bros.), Jenkins went against the dark portrayal of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and instead toned it down for audiences.


With changes in the script and over 30 changes, the director revealed that WB wanted to showcase a darker side of the universe where Gal Gadot’s character was chopping heads and they didn’t even read what Jenkins had to read.

Director Patty Jenkins with Gal Gadot on the sets of Wonder Woman (2017).
Director Patty Jenkins with Gal Gadot on the sets of Wonder Woman (2017).

When Director Patty Jenkins Stood Up For Wonder Woman

Back in 2016, Zack Snyder created a benchmark for the DCU when he created Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Introducing the character of Gal Gadot‘s Princess Diana in the movie, it was high time that the backstory of the Themyscira princess should be told in detail.

Patty Jenkins along with Gal Gadot.
Patty Jenkins along with Gal Gadot.

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Director Patty Jenkins was hired for directing the movie and she had a lot of changes in the script. Talking about those said changes, Jenkins revealed that Warner Bros. and DC Studios wanted her to become the face of the movie while they worked in the background controlling everything. Stating that a darker side of the movie was in development, Patty Jenkins quickly corrected the script stating that “women don’t want to see that”.

“They wanted to hire me like a beard; they wanted me to walk around on set as a woman, but it was their story and their vision,” Jenkins said. “And my ideas? They didn’t even want to read my script. There was such mistrust of a different way of doing things and a different point of view.”

The American director further continued,

“Even when I first joined ‘Wonder Woman’ it was like, ‘Uhh, yeah, OK, but let’s do it this other way.’ But I was like, ‘Women don’t want to see that. Her being harsh and tough and cutting people’s heads off… I’m a ‘Wonder Woman’ fan, that’s not what we’re looking for.’ Still, I could feel that shaky nervousness [on their part] of my point of view.”

Following a long and heated to-and-fro movement that lasted years, Patty Jenkins was finally hired as the director of Wonder Woman and she created a masterpiece. Considering that she wanted to make the movie her way, there were a lot of script changes and scenarios that she had to oversee.


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Patty Jenkins Saw Over 30 Screenplays For Wonder Woman!

Patty Jenkins.
Patty Jenkins.

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In trying to create her own version of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins saw over 30 different scripts and screenplays. She further stated that the variations were so many in number that she could see them written on the walls.


“During that period of time, there were so many scripts, I could see the writing on the wall. This was an internal war on every level about what ‘Wonder Woman’ should be.”

In the end, the director got the final call and created the 2017 Wonder Woman and its sequel Wonder Woman 1984 in 2020. Jenkins recently walked out of the set of Wonder Woman 3 due to her disputes with the DC Studios. There has not been any confirmed news of the third installment of the beloved DCU franchise.

Source: IndieWire

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