Wonder Woman has become a milestone success story for DC Films. Not only did the first major female superhero solo film in DC/Marvel cinematic universes shatter box office records and inspire millions of young people, it also marked a much-needed course-correction in the DC Films brand.
If there was one piece of collective praise that Wonder Woman received from viewers, it was being the best representation of inspiring heroism since the classic that started it all, Superman: The Movie. Well, now Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins can officially wear that particular badge of honor, as Superman director Richard Donner literally and figuratively passed the baton of C movie greatness to her!
At DGA tonight. Reminds me of last time there. Greatest honor ever! Q&A by Richard Donner❤️who unwrapped and passed me a baton he'd made me. pic.twitter.com/VCZI7wBYFu— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) October 25, 2017
As you can see above, Jenkins was attending a DGA (Directors Guild of America) event, which included a Q&A with Richard Donner. During that exchange, Donner gifted Jenkins with a Superman-themed baton he had made for her - a symbol of her carrying the legacy of DC superhero movies into the future.
Needless to say, Jenkins felt pretty good about it:
Truly one of the most incredible and touching moments I've ever experienced, from a man who changed my life when I was 7. https://t.co/IG07lgelwo— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) October 25, 2017
For a lot of young people (especially young girls), Wonder Woman has become their Superman. The feeling of inspiration from seeing a Wonder Woman come into her power and compassion for others is the sort of positive response that has been missing from DC Films like Batman v Superman or even Man of Steel. It's good to see Jenkins getting more and more love for her great accomplishment.
...Now bring on Wonder Woman 2!
You can next see Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in Justice League on November 17th; Wonder Woman 2 is slated for release on December 13, 2019.