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'Does Chris Pine Really Eat That Much' and Other Insights from Patty Jenkins' Reddit 'AMA'

By Petr Knava | reddit | June 12, 2017 |

By Petr Knava | reddit | June 12, 2017 |

So, some sort of lady-centred comic book movie came out recently I hear?

And I’m told it was also directed by a lady?!

My god, how far we’ve come!

I jest of course. Yes, Wonder Woman, that long-awaited, frankly criminally overdue, woman-centred superhero movie has been dominating at the box office and making critics very happy too. The movie’s director, Patty Jenkins, dropped by Reddit over the weekend to host an AMA. Here, some highlights for you to enjoy on a Monday:

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine sounds like a hoot to work with, any good stories.
PS. Does Chris Pine eat as much as everyone says he does?

I have no idea where that comes from - he seems to eat a normal amount to me but this made me laugh.


What was the hardest thing to do in making Wonder Woman that may have looked easy to an audience?

I don’t know if it looks easy but the tone - pulling all of those different worlds together into one movie, that was extremely difficult and complicated.

First off, I absolutely loved Wonder Woman, it’s great seeing someone who loves the character so much get to work on them, they need to sign you on for a sequel!
Now that’s out of my way, I was wondering, what other DC Superhero would you like to work on if you were given the opportunity?

Thank you so much. It’s no secret that I love Superman but right now I’m just happy doing Wonder Woman.

how much influence did Zack or Geoff John’s have on the movie? Would you be interested in a bigger role in the DCEU than director ? everyone did sooo well in WW so congratulations!!!
Since Diana is a modern woman by the time BvS rolls around here is a question I ask most modern women: What is her go to karaoke song ? Do you have a go-to Karaoke song?

I think Zack mostly had an influence in getting things back in order to be a good origin story, and then Geoff and I worked super closely to work on the script and the story and Zack was a great producer, but creatively they gave me the reins. I’m open to anything in the DCEU but mostly I just love making Wonder Woman. Mine would be “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey and hers would “To Be Human” by Sia (from our movie)!

Let me first congratulate you on all your well-deserved success with Wonder Woman. When watching superhero films, I always hope to be left feeling inspired and full of courage. Wonder Woman is a film that definitely left me feeling inspired and full of courage. It is a much needed film in this era. I can’t imagine anyone but you helming Wonder Woman 2.
Aside from Richard Donner’s Superman, what other films/Wonder Woman comics influenced the movie?

Casablanca the original Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark) the original Wonder Woman comic book the Lynda Carter show George Perez’s comic strips of Wonder Woman

Hey, just wanted to thank you for what have done for the industry, for Wonder Woman, and for the DCEU. In was blown away by this movie!
I just wanted to ask: what was the most important lesson you learned from this movie? And as a huge fan of both comic books and Greek mythology, would you delve deeper into that territory? Such as the story of the gods and having them reappear.
Thanks again!
Edit: it was my birthday yesterday. Can I get a shout out??

Huge happy birthday to you!! Faith in mankind at every step was restored by people’s passion for sharing this story - and now, by their support of it. I love the mythology too and I think we can’t help but delve deeper into it in the future to some degree.

Hi Patty, I really liked Wonder Woman and loved Monster. On the surface the two movies seem like complete opposites, Monster is a small budget, rather brutal movie while Wonder Woman is a blockbuster, and very inspiring.
So I was wondering, what was the same in your approach to creating Wonder Woman and Monster and what was different?

To me they are both character stories of people you might not think you could relate with, but we worked really hard to make them people that you could relate with. Telling their story was more similar than you think although the worlds they inhabit are very different - so that made the two stories very different.

Are there any movies you’re excited to see this year or have already seen?

Very excited to see a number of things, Baby Driver being the next one coming up, but also Spider-Man: Homecoming Justice League Thor: Ragnarok I also can’t wait to see Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time.

Hiya, loved the film. I was just wondering if there was any improvising that ended up in the movie, or was it all by the book scripted?

There was plenty of improvising. Great lines arrived every day, and particularly the boat scene, Chris Pine’s entire riff about not being an “average” man was improvised on the spot - as were many other great moments. I encourage humour all the time!

How did you get involved with Arrested Development?

It was my favourite show and I told everyone that. A little unknown thing about me is that I grew up around all comedians and I even thought I would be a comedy director before I had a chance to write and direct Monster, so I was missing comedy and really excited to excise some of the darkness by jumping into my favourite show.

Thank you for doing this AMA.
How do you feel about the concept of cinematic universes blowing up right now? Obviously we have Marvel and DC and, as of this week, the Universal Monster Universe. As someone who has worked inside one now, do you feel that working inside a managed universe affected your work in a positive or negative way?

I would say I have very mixed feelings about that. There’s a version of every kind of film that I celebrate, but there seems there’s also a tendency to make a mess if there’s too much going on - so it’s not something I think is always a great idea.

Would you consider directing a Star Wars movie?

I’m not sure.

What’s your favorite kind of ice cream?

Mint chocolate chip.


Petr Knava lives in London and plays music

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