Patty Jenkins On Why Wonder Woman Is The Greatest Woman Of All-Time

When Gal Gadot's version of Wonder Woman hits the silver screen in just over two weeks, the character's first live-action solo film features one of the first times a woman has been a lead in a movie in the superhero genre.

Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster), Wonder Woman follows Diana of Themyscira throughout her superhero origins as an Amazon until she leaves the island to help stop World War I.

No matter what way you look at it, Wonder Woman is truly one of a kind — one might say she's the greatest woman of all time, according to Jenkins.

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"I think the coolest opportunity with Wonder Woman is that she is the archetypal ideal of the greatest woman of all time. She's not a certain kind of woman," Jenkins said in a Warner Brothers' promotional video. "She's not any smaller than that, you know? She's not a specific woman of only a certain kind. She's the idealized universal woman, not unlike what Superman is to men."

Being one of the three members of "The Trinity" — DC Comic's group of mainstay characters consisting of Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman — Jenkins explained that Wonder Woman is to women as to what Superman is to men.

"Superman is the great hero, you know? That's who he is, that's what he stands for. He stands for good and triumph and vulnerability and having a sense of humor but wanting to be great and all those things. Wonder Woman the one and only version of that for women," reflected Jenkins. "I think the thing that is so unique about her — and that was both instilled in Marstens' original work and also beautifully celebrated by the show and Lynda Carter — is that she wasn't compromised for her strength and that was something very, very, very new when it was first written and continued to be new and continues to be new now."


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Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and is written by Allan Heinberg, Geoff Johns, and Zack Snyder. The film stars Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Robin Wright (General Antiope), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis (Etta Candy), Danny Huston, Ewen Bremmer, Doutzen Kroes, Samantha Jo (Euboea), Florence Kasumba (Senator Acantha), Said Taghmaoui, Eleanor Matsuura (Epione), Emily Carey (Young Diana), and Lisa Loven Kongsli (Menalippe)