How Wonder Woman Cracked The Superhero Movie Glass Ceiling


How Wonder Woman Cracked The Superhero Movie Glass Ceiling
  1. How Wonder Woman Cracked The Superhero Movie Glass Ceiling
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    On set, Jenkins can be a physical director, demonstrating to her actors - including star Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman - the precise hand-to-hand combat moves she's looking for. She also summons…
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In the new film Wonder Woman, our title hero leaves her empowering, all-female island of Themyscira for the tightly corseted society of World War I-era London. As her companions coax the Amazon-tribe warrior into trading in her free-flowing leather skirt for the confining bustle of a male-dominated Western world, Diana Prince has a natural question: How do you fight in this attire? The scene also reflects the challenge for the film's director, Patty Jenkins: In an industry forever plagued by sexism, she wondered, how do I succeed as the first woman to direct a big-budget superhero feature? Like some other female directors, her answer is that she refuses to be bound by that question, instead asking: How do I succeed as its director, period? On set, Jenkins can be a physical director, demonstrating to her actors - including star Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman - the precise hand-to-hand combat moves she's looking for. She also summons the emotional truths she's seeking from Diana Prince, a woman who might be new to this patriarchal civilization, yet rarely abandons her sword or her sense of powerful self-possession. Jenkins says her emboldened approach applies to both mythic fiction and real Hollywood machinery. "My mom was a second-wave feminist, and I heard a lot about it and thought a lot about it," Jenkins tells The Washington Post. "The way she raised me was both super-aware that there had been sexism but also: 'Congratulations - thank you, now I get to do whatever I want, Mom!' " By presuming as a young woman that equality had been achieved, she wore the armour of a certain naivete that sometimes served her well, recalls Jenkins, 45. She was not intimidated by what she did not even recognize. She also says she grew empowered by her peripatetic childhood; her father was an Air Force captain and her mother an environmental scientist, so she grew up around the globe, from the West Coast to the American Midwest, and from Germany to Thailand. "Interestingly, the real revelation for me was: 'Oh my God, it's so wonderful, I'm 7 years old and we finally have Wonder Woman the show, and I'm so in love with Lynda Carter - I can't wait, how great," Jenkins says of seeing female empowerment in that '70s network series. Jenkins studied painting and performance as a young woman before discovering her chosen career path. "'Oh that's it, I want to be a filmmaker," she says of the epiphany. "It never occurred to me that I couldn't be a director, that I couldn't be a successful director. And not a woman director, just a director. And so it's stunning to me now, (to think): 'I'm the first person to do this - how did that happen?'" "But the reason it happened is because, like Diana, it never occurred to me that it couldn't happen, because of the way I was raised," she added. Jenkins created the 2001 short Velocity Rules, about a physically awkward housewife turned superhero, and then guided Charlize Theron to an Oscar-winning performance in 2003's Monster. The director has worked mostly in TV since, turning down an opportunity to direct a film in Marvel's "Thor" franchise once she realized that she and the studio wanted to tell different stories. Now, as Jenkins receives mostly glowing feedback for Wonder Woman, she feels affirmed in hewing to her egalitarian outlook. "I don't think about Wonder Woman as a female film. She's a major superhero." Other directors have their own strategies for thinking past the bias. Amy Heckerling, who has directed such comedies as Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Look Who's Talking, says that while she has faced discrimination in her career, "I just tried not to think about it. I could say a million things about different types of unfairness, but I'm like the person who's covering their eyes going, "Alalalala!' " Heckerling, in town for a 20th-anniversary screening of her movie Clueless last week at the Washington Jewish Film Festival, notes: "If I'm (worrying) about stuff, it just makes it harder. I try not to even acknowledge the reality." The director also emphasizes the difference between creating empowering work and choosing to be on the front lines as a prominent activist. "It's like the Chaplin film where a truck goes by and a red flag falls off. (The tramp) is sort of running up to say that they dropped it and meanwhile, a Socialist parade comes up behind him and they all think he's leading up," she says. "And you go: 'No, I don't want to pick up the flag and run.' I want to forget that it's happening.' " Last weekend at Cannes, one of the film festival's jurors, Oscar-nominated actress…
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    On set, Jenkins can be a physical director, demonstrating to her actors - including star Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman - the precise hand-to-hand combat moves she's looking for. She also summons…
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