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Patty Jenkins Discusses WONDER WOMAN Sequels, Oscar Chances

Patty Jenkins Discusses WONDER WOMAN Sequels, Oscar Chances

As director Patty Jenkins has been promoting the digital release of her hit comic book film Wonder Woman, she has also been pondering what it all means and what it could mean for the future.

Jenkins, who, let’s face it, is quickly becoming a household name and may even more so in the coming months and years, first talked about what the overwhelmingly positive reactions to the movie meant to her.

Jenkins told ET:

“It’s actually been interesting seeing peoples’ reactions to this. Particularly women coming up and saying, ‘That action scene was made for me! I don’t even like action movies!’”

Jenkins added in the Q&A with ET:

“There is something about this movie that felt like it was speaking to [women] more than they had seen before because of the point of view being slightly different. I think that has been remarkable”

And while not a whole lot is known about the plot or settings for what should be a highly anticipated sequel slated for release about two years from now, Jenkins did discuss with ET her general outlook.

Jenkins noted:

“The greatest thing about making this movie was the fact that you’re really building to the Wonder Woman that we all love, but not until the end of the movie. The most exciting thing about [the sequel] is literally seeing her loose in the world now, living those classic stories. Here’s Wonder Woman, and what can she do? It should be a totally different movie, but a grand and now full-blown Wonder Woman in the world.”

And, of course, the topic everyone wants to know about is how she feels about the Oscars campaign that Warner is said to be planning for her.

“It’s an amazing honor. It was never what we thought. You don’t make a movie like this assuming it would happen so, wow, it is an honor.”

As I mentioned before, I remain a skeptic that this could actually happen. It would thrill me, but after years and decades of Oscars watching, they’re very resistant to this kind of popular film. The widely-admired Deadpool received a plethora of nominations and prizes from all sorts of guild and precursor awards, only to find itself alone at the ball on nominations morning.

Perhaps that movie was to lewd or graphic for the Academy? On the other hand it had that feeling of “different,” whereas Wonder Woman paints inside the lines at all times– except for the woman star of course. Will that be enough? Once awards start dropping in December we will know more.

About The Author

J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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