Patty Jenkins changed Original Story in ‘Wonder Woman’
The 2017 Wonder Woman is often regarded as one of the best films Warner Bros. made for the DCEU. However, making it and the sequel Wonder Woman 1984 was anything but a walk in the park for Director Patty Jenkins and her cast. Now, it has been revealed that Jenkins also had to change the original origin story of the 2017 film because it was too troubling.
Patty Jenkins had to alter the troubling origin story of Wonder Woman (2017)
We found out about that origin story from Connie Nielsen, who played the role of Hippolyta (Mother of Gal Gadot’s Diana) in the 2017 film. She revealed that the Wonder Woman director refused for the Amazonians to have a traumatic backstory. While talking to Collider along with her co-star Robin Wright, Nielsen revealed the first origin plot that Jenkins later scrapped. She said:
She was very clear about what the Amazons were supposed to be. And I think that there had originally been some idea that the Amazons had been deeply traumatized by some kind of horrible event that involved mass rape. And Patty just said, ‘Hm, no. No, no, we’re not gonna put that on those Amazons. We don’t want to start out seeing them as victims, and why would we’.
Nielsen further revealed that Jenkins wanted Amazonians to be revered as heroes, not victims to a horrific past. And that played a massive part in the success of Wonder Woman. This helped her origin story be more meaningful and her civilization got the recognition of heroes that they deserved. Nielsen continued:
Let’s just get rid of that part and make sure that these are heroes in their own terms. They’ve not been part of the victims of history. They are these unbelievably courageous women and we’re not gonna saddle them with a trauma from the outset. We’re going to have them be received by people on the basis of who they are. What is their culture? Why are they so fierce? What does it mean to live on an island where there are no guys? It made so much sense, you know? You needed them to have a very uncomplicated background in order to be able to just accept them as the heroes that they are.
Jenkins almost quit the franchise once
This wasn’t the only thing about Wonder Woman that troubled Patty Jenkins. She almost once walked away from the franchise because Warner Bros. kept her underpaid. While talking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Jenkins revealed:
I totally did [come close to walking away], I started to walk away, I was going to walk away. I even said, ‘I would be happy to go to another studio and make a quarter as much because it’s not a sequel on principle. No problem.
In the end, it’s for the best that Patty Jenkins ended up leading the franchise. Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984 did not come without their flaws. But, the origin story planned by the studios at the start was appalling. And if Jenkins had walked away, Wonder Woman could have been a disaster like a lot of other DCEU films.