Director Patty Jenkins has been widely credited for the success of Wonder Woman of DC, but before that she had to direct Thor 2 for a competitor of the Marvel Studios. Jenkins hadn’t made a film in more than ten years when Marvel offered her a role in Thor’s second film, but in the end she gave up.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Jenkins said she knew that if the film failed, everyone would blame her. She said: I didn’t think I could make a good movie out of the script I had in mind. I think that would be very important – it would seem like it’s my fault. That’s what it looks like: Oh, my God, that woman staged this, and she missed all the stuff. It’s the only time in my career that I really wanted to do it with [another director] and it wouldn’t have made much difference. And maybe they understand him and love him more than I do.
She moved on: You can’t make movies you don’t believe in. The only reason to do this is to prove to people that I can do it. But it wouldn’t prove anything if it didn’t. I don’t think I’ll get another chance. So I’m very grateful to you.
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But Jenkins praised Marvel for taking the risk. I really have nothing to say about Marvel, because frankly they gave me that chance in the first place, and it was old-fashioned, she says. She also applauded Marvel’s decision to appoint director Taika Vaititi. Whiteytie has won many awards for giving a new life to Tora. They’ve found Thor’s rightful leader. Tyke is so good for Thor. Oh, my God, I love this movie. His tone with Thor was just a workshop. I thought it was pure Tyka, she said.
Thor’s second film is often referred to as the Ugly Duckling of the UCM. Even Chris Hemsworth said in an interview with GQ… The second one’s fur. Led by Alan Taylor, who was eventually hired to replace Jenkins, Uproxx said: Marvel’s experience was particularly impressive because I was given some kind of absolute freedom during the shooting and he then shot another film at his post. So I hope I’ll never repeat it and I don’t wish it on anyone else.
Jenkins now looks forward to the release of Wonder Woman 1984, which was recently postponed to August due to the coronavirus pandemic.