How ‘Wonder Woman’ lassoed the first female director of a studio superhero movie

“Wonder Woman” doesn’t look like a comic book.

With all the other things noteworthy about Patty Jenkins’ movie — it’s the first feature film about DC Comics’ third most enduring character (while her Justice League cohorts Superman and Batman have had tons), the first major superhero film directed by a woman, Warner Bros.’ latest and greatest hope to earn the critical cachet for one of its DC Extended Universe entries that Disney’s rival Marvel regularly enjoys — it should not be overlooked that Jenkins has made something very close to a personal auteurist vision here.

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“I had a surprising amount of control,” says Jenkins, whose only previous feature was a 2003 indie — but that movie was “Monster,” which won its star Charlize Theron a Best Actress Academy Award. “I didn’t have that different of a relationship from the one I did making ‘Monster.’ However, I also am conscientious that I am caring for something for other people. I’m not the kind of director that would have gone willy nilly against something that I thought would hurt the DC Universe. They had input, but I did feel incredibly supported to make the movie that I wanted to make.”

It shows. Jenkins may not have been responsible for “Wonder Woman’s” unique, World War I setting; that idea came from Warners’ DC movie braintrust, which includes, among other producers and writers, Zack Snyder, the director of last year’s “Batman v Superman,” the film that introduced Israeli actress Gal Gadot as the immortal Amazon Princess Diana, and the upcoming “Justice League” movie, where she’ll appear for the third time. But did Jenkins ever make it her own.

“It took me a second when I first thought about it,” says Jenkins, a longtime comic book fan who’d not only been in and out of the running to make a “Wonder Woman” for…

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