The MCU almost beat Warner Bros. to the punch when it came to hiring the first female director in this new era of superhero films, although they are now following close behind with Anna Boden, who’ll be co-directing Captain Marvel.
Director Patty Jenkins was once in talks to direct the Thor sequel, Thor: The Dark World, but things didn’t quite work out. The usual “creative differences” were cited at the time, but Jenkins has now shed more light on what went down.
In an interview with Indiewire, Jenkins talked about what it was that her and the studio couldn’t agree on: the angle of the film. As Indiewire describes it, Jenkins’ plan for Thor: The Dark World was to make it “a Romeo-and-Juliet-esque space opera that hinged on the separation of Thor and Jane Foster.”
“It was painful and sad because I really loved those guys and I loved the idea of us making a Thor together, but it’s one of those things,” Jenkins said. “You have to make sure that the movie you want to make is fully the right movie for that studio too. It was heartbreaking, but I also knew that it was good.”
Jenkins put it simply. “… I didn’t think I could make a great film out of their script.”
Marvel eventually chose Terminator Genisys and Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor, who has since talked about his “wrenching” experience making the film. While it’s certainly up for debate as to whether the studio made the right decision or not, it’s interesting to note that Thor: The Dark World received mixed reviews upon release and ended up with a 66% Rotten Tomatoes score, the lowest-rated MCU film thus far.
The director also explained she was worried that entering a high-profile picture like Thor: The Dark World without the right approach could have wide-reaching consequences, not just for her career, but for other female directors in the industry.
“If I do it, and it’s what I think it’s gonna be, I can’t help the fact that it will represent women directors everywhere, and then that’s going to be bad for everybody,” Jenkins said.
While having back and forths and being unable to find an agreement with a studio the size of Marvel would no doubt be a troubling period for any filmmaker, Jenkins said she looks at it like a great learning experience. “Every moment ended up only helping what we’re doing now.”
Wonder Woman is currently rolling out into cinemas. You can find our review HERE.