We’ve been learning quite a bit about the process behind the Wonder Woman films. The first Wonder Woman film is considered by many to be the best DCEU film to date, and there’s a good reason for that. Patty Jenkins fought hard to keep her vision intact. She wasn’t able to keep everything intact, sadly. We learned that the big fight with Ares was pushed on her from up above, which is unfortunate. We’ve now learned that Jenkins also had to fight to cut a controversial origin for the Amazons from the film. Honestly, this doesn’t even surprise me. The original idea that was floated sounds like exactly something DC would do to make it dark and edgy. I’m really glad they cut this. Patty Jenkins fought back on an Amazon origin with rape.
“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? 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?’” is what Connie Nielsen had to say about it.
Let’s be grateful that Jenkins got her way.
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