Ahead of the film’s release this weekend, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins spoke with IGN about the iconic hero’s first solo film, including what it would take for the character to kill and the key difference between her and most other heroes.
According to Jenkins, the fact that Wonder Woman is one of the few superheroes that isn’t adverse to killing when needed is fascinating to her. However, that doesn’t mean she’ll kill before considering other options. “Se will always try anything else before she will resort to killing anyone. That’s an incredible balance of Wonder Woman,” Jenkins said.
Per the trailers for the film, Diana clearly doesn’t have a problem with killing when needed, as she’s seen using the Godkiller sword to take down plenty of men along her way to Ares — but just because Diana is willing to kill doesn’t mean the decision to do so doesn’t weigh heavily on the hero.
“I always think of it like putting a wounded animal down. It’s like there’s something very maternal Wonder Woman, when push comes to shove if nobody else wants to do it, Wonder Woman would step up and take care of business,” Jenkins explained. “But she doesn’t want to do it, and she would never take any delight in it. That’s Wonder Woman to me.”
Even as the film is compared to The Dark Knight, arguably one of the best superhero films of the past decade, it’s not entirely surprising that Wonder Woman continues to set itself apart from the rest of the DC Extended Universe in other ways. Although this will be Diana’s first solo film, it will actually mark the second appearance of Gal Gadot as the Amazon Princess, as the actress originally debuted as the character during 2016’s Batman v Superman. The film was not only criticized for being too gritty, but also for its take on Batman, who had quite a large kill count by the end of the film.
Batman’s large body count has only been a small part of the discussion of what the DCEU had gotten wrong. Superman’s decision to kill Zod in 2013’s Man of Steel is also a decision that is still divisive among fans to this day. With many feeling that these characters had crossed a certain line in their debuts, it isn’t entirely surprising that Jenkins was asked about Diana’s stance on killing.
Wonder Woman tells the story of the Amazon princess who, after discovering the body of American fighter pilot Steve Trevor washed ashore on Themyscira, sets out to bring an early end to World War I.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers … and her true destiny.
Opening this weekend, 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. The film is expected to open to $175 million-plus globally this weekend, with tracking predicting a $65 million opening stateside.