Patty Jenkins On The ‘Justice League’ Film She Turned Down, Explains Why She Won’t Go To Marvel

Patty Jenkins hasn’t made a lot of superhero movies. In fact, she’s only made one up to this point, 2017’s Wonder Woman, which will be followed up soon by sequel Wonder Woman 1984. She came close to directing Thor: The Dark World for Marvel, but…well, that didn’t work out so hot. Despite the success she’s found, Jenkins is not some die-hard comic book fan and has to connect with something for her to take one on.

Jenkins said as much in a recent interview with Premiere, in which she talks about turning down a Justice League movie that was offered to her…

“I love comics, but I’ve come to superheroes through films. There is in me this desire to emulate compared to the movies I saw as a child. A certain spirit that reigned in those times. Is that relevant when I shoot? I don’t know. The point is, unlike other directors, I don’t really care about shared universes, continuity, and that kind of detail. I’ve been contacted to make a ‘Justice League’ movie in the past, and it doesn’t connect to me. Too many characters.”

Speaking of that past bad experience with Marvel, in which she left over creative differences, Jenkins still has some lingering feelings about it. Basically, don’t look for her to be part of the MCU any time soon…

“I really like the people who work [at Marvel Studios], but they want full control over their movies. The director is under control,” she explained. “Yes, it can happen. Furthermore, It shows immediately if a director cannot impose his/her vision. When this is the case, I get the impression that these people are doing a different job than me. But with ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ I think I did exactly what I wanted. And then, everything a superhero movie needs comes naturally to me: I love shooting great action scenes versus great sets. I really enjoy it.”

Wonder Woman 1984 opens August 12th.
Travis Hopson
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