Wonder Woman revolutionized the filmmaking industry this weekend, and the film’s director, Patty Jenkins, has gone on Twitter to thank the fans for its overwhelming success. It has been a long and arduous journey getting Wonder Woman onto the big screen. Warner Bros. has been trying to give the iconic superhero her own live-action film for decades, even going through a failed adaptation with Joss Whedon in the mid-2000s. It wasn’t until Jenkins came on board that things finally started to move forward.
Jenkins’ movie tells the origin story of Diana Prince, played by Gal Gadot, during her battle with Ares, the God of War, at the height of World War I. Prior to taking center stage in Jenkins’ film, though, Gadot made her debut as the Princess of Themyscira in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice last year. It was the first time the character appeared on the big screen in live-action, and the actress will be reprising her role in Snyder’s Justice League later this year alongside the rest of the world’s finest heroes.
Wonder Woman released this past weekend to critical acclaim (being “certified fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes) and has since raked in over $220 million at the worldwide box office. It even broke the record for biggest opening weekend for a film directed by a female director. In response to the movie’s success, Patty Jenkins has gone on Twitter to thank all the fans for their continuing support. Here’s what she had to say:
I want to send out the deepest and sincere THANK YOU to all of you who made this so. YOU have helped us make change. Amazing!! #wonderwoman pic.twitter.com/vQQQfOzPyM
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 5, 2017
Ever since Wonder Woman released on Friday, people from across the filmmaking industry have expressed their congratulations to the cast and crew behind the movie, particularly to Jenkins and Gadot. Aside from being the first universally acclaimed installment in the burgeoning DC Extended Universe, though, Wonder Woman has set the foundation for future female-led superhero movies as well as big-budgeted blockbuster films. Of course, it’s unfair to only look at the movie as being an achievement for female superheroes and female directors.
It’s safe to call Wonder Woman a success at this stage, and so the attention has turned to the character’s future on the big screen. As previously mentioned, Gadot will be appearing in Justice League this November, but after that, she will be returning for another standalone film. Jenkins has confirmed her return as director for the Wonder Woman sequel, which will be moving to the modern era and take place in the United States. Granted, there are many questions that still need to be answered, but we’re sure those will all come in due time. Until then, people can enjoy Wonder Woman‘s long overdue standalone film.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Wonder Woman release date: Jun 2, 2017
Justice League release date: Nov 17, 2017
Aquaman release date: Dec 21, 2018
Shazam! release date: Apr 5, 2019
Cyborg release date: Apr 3, 2020
Green Lantern Corps. release date: Jul 24, 2020