Wonder Woman is Patty Jenkins’ first full length feature film in 14 years
In 2003, Patty Jenkins directed and wrote her first feature film Monster, a film that earned Charlize Theron’s performance as a prostitute turned serial killer multiple awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Before that, she had just been sticking to the small screen with TV films and shows such as Five and Entourage.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins said that she has been fighting for Wonder Woman to get her own film for over a decade since she first met with Warner Bros. It might have taken years before it was realized, but now, Jenkins is the very first female director of a studio superhero movie with the biggest opening weekend for female directors. In the competitive and sometimes sexist world of Hollywood, Jenkins has surely made her mark. Can you hear those glass ceilings shattering?
It doesn’t pander to the male gaze
In film theory, the “male gaze” points out how the world in visual arts can be seen through the point of view of men, and this means that sometimes, films show women as merely objects of pleasure. In an industry that is dominated by men, it cannot be denied that Jenkins did a wonderful job of showing who Wonder Woman is without focusing on her physical appearance alone. Every scene and costume played an important role in showing who Wonder Woman is: a strong, independent superhero who will not be defined by preconceived gender ideas.
It’s the biggest grossing female led superhero movie ever
Within the first three days since its release, Wonder Woman has garnered over $100.5 million domestically and a total of $223 million globally. In terms of domestic opening weekends, Wonder Woman ranked higher than Iron Man ($98.6 million), Thor ($65.7 million), and placed just behind Deadpool ($132 million) and Man of Steel ($116.6 million). It is certainly a far cry from the combined (combined!) domestic total of other female superhero films such as Sheena (1984), Supergirl (1984), Red Sonja (1985), Tank Girl (1995), Barb Wire (1996), Catwoman (2004), and Elektra (2005) which amount to a little over $95.6 million. Maybe it’s time for those movie execs to rethink their priorities?
It’s currently DC Comics’ best film
What makes Wonder Woman stand out though is that it has already reached 93% on RottenTomatoes.com making it the highest rated DC Comics film to date. Miles away from Batman v. Superman’s 27% and Suicide Squad’s 25% rating. The critics who gave Wonder Woman all those fresh tomatoes surely trump the votes of those who question the validity of women-only screenings.