Wonder Woman has succeeded on just about every level, as the film has not only dominated the domestic and worldwide box offices, but also earned critical acclaim, sitting at an impressive 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences can’t seem to get enough of the DC Extended Universe release, which is the most-tweeted film of 2017.
Gal Gadot stars in the title role, but the hero behind the camera is director Patty Jenkins, who appeared Thursday on Conan to discuss what makes Wonder Woman so timely and poignant.
When asked by host Conan O’Brien whether she agreed the world seemed more than ready for a movie where a woman “completely kicks ass and takes over the world,” Jenkins replied, “I totally feel that way. It’s amazing ’cause it feels like a long time coming, and I wish that the movie had happened a long time ago for many other reasons. But it feels like it hit this perfect pocket, and I’ve loved that people have embraced it for that reason.”
She elaborated on what makes Diana stand out, explaining, “Wonder Woman stands for love and truth, and [it’s] hitting home really hard that she is a superhero for everyone. She stands for ‘Great, I’m an incredible badass and I can do all of these things, but it’s actually not what I’m here for. I’m here to inspire you that being a hero is something bigger than that.'”
In theaters now, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Sir Patrick, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy.