Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins was once slated to direct 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, but that honor eventually went to Terminator: Genisys director Alan Taylor. Jenkins dropped the movie less than two months after having been hired to direct it, citing creative differences. While she’s remained tight-lipped about her plans for the film, she’s now revealed that she wanted to base her version of the movie on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Jenkins recently too a deep dive into what her version of Thor 2 would have looked like, had she stuck with the project. In an interview with BuzzFeed, the director described the main crux of the plot she pitched Marvel, as well as her reasons for leaving the film:
“I pitched them that I wanted to do Romeo and Juliet. I wanted Jane to be stuck on Earth and Thor to be stuck where he is. And Thor to be forbidden to come and save Jane because Earth doesn’t matter. And then by coming to save her… they end up discovering that Malekith is hiding the dark energy inside of Earth because he knows that Odin doesn’t care about Earth, and so he’s using Odin’s disinterest in Earth to trick him. And so it was like, I wanted it to be a grand [movie] based on Romeo and Juliet… a war between the gods and the earthlings, and Thor saves the day and ends up saving Earth.”
While Jenkins described herself as “heartbroken” that she couldn’t bring that vision to Thor 2, she eventually accepted that her departure was for the best.
“I don’t think I could have made a good movie out of Thor 2 because I wasn’t the right director,” Jenkins said in an interview with Uproxx. “And I don’t think I would have been in the running for Wonder Woman as a result. And that’s one of the reasons why I’m glad I didn’t do it because I could have made a great Thor if I could have done the story that I was wanting to do. But I don’t think I was the right person to make a great Thor out of the story they wanted to do.”
The desire to bring a Shakespearean angle to the franchise would have fit with the original Thor movie, which was helmed by famed Shakespearean director Kenneth Branagh. In an interview Comic Book Resources during that film’s production, Branagh talked about how his experiences directing Shakespeare compared with and affected Thor.
The next installment in the Thor franchise will be Thor: Ragnarok. Opening November 3, that film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.
Jenkins next film will be Wonder Woman, which opens June 2. The film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui and David Thewlis.