The DC Comics film adaptation starring Gal Gadot grossed an estimated $100.5 million in the U.S. and Canada in its debut weekend, well above analyst projections of $80 million to $90 million. Internationally, the film made $122.5 million.
It’s the first female-led superhero film in more than a decade, while simultaneously being the first to be directed by a woman. Patty Jenkins is just the second female to make a movie with a budget of more than $100 million, and she now holds the record for the largest opening of all time for a female director.
Compared with other superhero flicks, “Wonder Woman’s” $100.5 million outranks the domestic openings of “Iron Man” ($98.6 million), “Doctor Strange” ($85 million) and “Thor” ($65.7 million). (latimes.com)
Jenkins believes there’s a new market for independent female films emerging — and “hopefully more diversity. … So much of the entertainment industry is moving to online and digital streaming that it’s now shrinking up the studio system, but it’s still not been easy,” she said.
“If the movie is financially very successful, it will make a huge impact. Hollywood is really driven by money, but they’re slow to believe … even despite the success of The Hunger Games, despite the success of many female audience–driven movies.” -Patty Jenkins
When it came to constructing her lead character onscreen Jenkins was inspired not just by Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston’s vision, but also by how the superhero is perceived and celebrated by her large fan base. “the Wonder Woman that I see women dress up every year at Halloween as. … The reason I love Wonder Woman is how positive and wish-fulfillment-esque she is. She stands for positive things and love, yet she’s cool and sexy.” (buzzfeednews)
“It shouldn’t have taken until 2017 for a major studio to hand over the reins of a big-budget blockbuster to a female director as well as a female star, and DC deserves credit for beating Marvel to the punch.”
Female representation on screen has been a long-going issue, especially in superhero movies. The Marvel franchise has been thrown under fire due to their lack in female leads multiple times before-. In 2015, during the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel studios failed to include Black Widow in its merchandising line. “Considering that Black Widow is a member of the Avengers, and Johansson is a worldwide movie star, her exclusion was headscratching.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
“Wonder Woman” is a huge step for female film-making both on and off the camera, and I can’t wait to see what doors are now being opened for women in film due to Jenkins’ success.