Patty Jenkins Hopes 'Wonder Woman' Creates Opportunities for Women Beyond Film

When the Warner Bros. movie surpassed $400 million at the domestic box office, the director said it "exceeded all of the projections, although not our own hopes."
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Patty Jenkins (left) and Gal Gadot

Wonder Woman is the highest-grossing live-action film ever by a female helmer, and Patty Jenkins hopes the Warner Bros. superhero movie's success will lead to more job openings for women, including those beyond the director's chair.

"I hope the success of the film will lead to change and lead to other people getting opportunities," Jenkins on Wednesday told reporters during a conference call ahead of the film's home entertainment release. "I hope women become a diverse, easy hire for all sorts of jobs in the future." 

When Wonder Woman surpassed $100 million at the domestic box office in its first week, Jenkins said, "It sort of defied expectations." As the film continues to dominate — surpassing $400 million at the domestic box office and passing other superhero hits like Iron Man, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad — it "exceeded all of the projections, although not our own hopes."

Lucy Davis, who plays Etta in the movie, credits its success to the ending scene when Diana (Gal Gadot) realizes the most effective way to defeat evil. "I felt that in that moment, there was a big message for the world that love wins," said the actress. "I would love for that to be something we implement more in our world today, because there are so many hard things going on that we think we have to fight against and be angry about, but actually, love wins."

Wonder Woman will be released digitally on Aug. 29, with physical copies to follow on Sept. 19. A sequel is set to hit theaters on Dec. 13, 2019.

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