Surprise Lady 1984, Warner Bros. had severe doubts that it might work in the midst of manufacturing
Patty Jenkins' much-anticipated sequel to her 2017 feature Wonder Woman is preparing for release. Wonder Woman 1984 is the film chosen to lead Warner's daring experiment in getting her films out on HBO Max at the same time as they are in theaters. Obviously, the studio has great faith in what Jenkins came up with. This wasn't always the case, however, as the filmmaker revealed during a Variety interview that Warner had doubts about the 1984 Wonder Woman's viability throughout the production.
"The biggest challenge [in filmmaking] is keeping the card in your head and not losing faith. I think it's absolutely essential that you have your script ready and that you think it's great. I don't understand how people do it do it when things change I don't know how to keep track of things. I don't believe in it. I don't believe in studios that do that. I wish they would stop doing this – bring your shit together and get you wrote your script before you start making a film. "
"It drives me crazy. So we wrote very thoroughly, and then every day you have to have faith in the writer in you, and then in the artists you've worked with to make a plan that the plan will work. But let me tell you, it's absolutely fascinating to have to wait so long for it to come together, this was such a complicated movie that the studio itself in the middle said, "I don't know about these things." You can't judge it yet. We have no impact. So it looks stupid now, but you'll have to wait. "Wearing that is very lonely."
This is far from the first time Warner has hesitated to endorse a filmmaker's vision for one of his superhero films. David Ayer's suicide squad is known to have fallen victim to severe studio interference, and the filmmaker has since claimed that the serious drama he set out to set was heavily edited to make it into an action comedy similar to Deadpool.
Meanwhile, Warner was so unhappy with Zack Snyder's take on Justice League that they fired him in the middle of filming and got Joss Whedon to finish the rest of the film. Finally, there was Todd Phillips' Joker with Joaquin Phoenix, who allegedly was so controversial for Warner that the studio tried to close the project by steadily slashing the movie's budget.
More and more, it seems like Warner's superhero films work despite the studio, not because of them. Given that Wonder Woman's initial reviews glowed in 1984, it looks like Jenkins has yet another homerun for the DCEU, making Wonder Woman the most successful franchise again.
Director and co-author: Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 with Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal and Natasha Rothwell. The film will hit theaters and on HBO Max on December 25th. This news was first released on Variety.
Subjects: Wonder Woman 2, Wonder Woman
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