Wonder Woman's Director Reveals The Real Reason She Quit Thor: The Dark World

Patty Jenkins opens up on the simple reason why she did not want to direct the Chris Hemsworth superhero film.

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Marvel originally hired Patty Jenkins to direct Thor: The Dark World, following her Oscar-winning movie Monster starring Charlize Theron. However, Jenkins dropped out just three months after joining the project, citing "creative differences." But now, years later, Jenkins is speaking more about why she quit the movie, and it's now plain to see why did not want to be a part of it.

She told Vanity Fair that she was wary to direct the movie because the script wasn't good enough. She feared that, if the movie was a dud, people would blame her.

"I did not believe that I could make a good movie out of the script that they were planning on doing. I think it would have been a huge deal--it would have looked like it was my fault," Jenkins said. "It would’ve looked like, 'Oh my God, this woman directed it and she missed all these things.' That was the one time in my career where I really felt like, 'Do this with [another director] and it's not going to be a big deal. And maybe they'll understand it and love it more than I do."

Jenkins added: "You can't do movies you don't believe in."

After parting ways with Jenkins, Marvel hired Game of Thrones and The Sopranos veteran Alan Taylor to direct Thor: The Dark World. The movie was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who also wrote the final Avengers films, alongside Christopher Yost, who would go on to write Thor: Ragnarok.

Jenkins did get another shot in the superhero movie space with 2017's Wonder Woman, of course, and this movie was an enormous critical and commercial success. She said in the interview that she has "nothing but positive things to say about Marvel," in part because they gave her the chance in the first place. Jenkins also mentioned that Thor has finally found its "rightful director" in Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarok and is also attached to direct Thor: Love and Thunder.

Jenkins directed Wonder Woman 1984, which was scheduled for an early June premiere before Warner Bros. delayed the movie to August due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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dunno I thought thor 2 was one of the better ones , I mean watching it the first time I didn't like it but after watching the whole MCU it was one of the better ones.

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The same people who wrote Thor:DW did Infinity War and Endgame? Doesn't sound right, DW was, to be fair, a bit shit whereas the final two Avengers movies are the perfect bookend to the MCU.

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It was better than Wonder Woman, though that's not saying much.

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@cboye18: Both in scripting, directing, and bringing what fans of these comics have loved for many years, Wonder Woman was far better then Thor, Dark World. Thor DW was not a bomb or bad, it was decent. But also WW was good, but not especially a great film classic. But on that, there is a noticeable between how much better WW is then Thor DW.

WW was actually a very well done movie, Chris Pine deserves more credit, as his reactionary character, is done perfectly. Pacing is decent, act 2 to act 3 feels right, and though 3 was heavy handed, it hit all the right marks. WW weakest point was its villain and DC low budget special effects or cgi.

But each their own, Hell I still think Nacho Libre is a hidden gem of a movie.

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@jenovaschilld: Aside from the lame villain(s) and the low budget the film seem to have, my biggest issue would be the chemistry between Chris Pine's character and wonder woman.

Knowing that the events of the movie takes place in 1918, his behaviour (but also from those in their surroundings) towards wonder woman was odd and unnatural to say the least. I don't want to be the guy that mentions social agenda here, but the characters just felt out of place in time and it created a sense of disbelief that brought down the immersion for me. I also thought the overall plot was pretty weak, though I find Dark World to be just as weak.

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@jenovaschilld: Nacho Libre is a hidden gem.

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@jenovaschilld: How can one bring up Nacho Libre and not talk about the School Of Rock?

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@gamingdevil800: School of Rock was praised, loved, and watched by many. But Nacho Libre was panned and now has become a cult classic,... that btw is based off a real monk turned wrestler!! ... and years later, watching it again.. it holds up better.

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I'm trying to remember anything about Thor2... Some space-Drow knockoffs, generic big battles, another Loki hologram trick... Oof. Makes you appreciate how much better the 3rd one (surprisingly) was.

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@Pyrosa: ...right before they emasculated both Thor and Hulk so as to signal to boys that Tough Masculinity Is Bad(tm).

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@Pyrosa: The Thor character has been through quite the roller coaster these past few films. In Ragnarok he was nonthreatening comedic relief, though he had a decent showing in the third act. In Infinity War he was a total bad a%% that took control in every scene. Then in Endgame he was totally neutered and couldn't even take non-gauntlet Thanos with extra help. I mean, we all have our ups and downs, but it seems like every other film he's trying to get his mojo back. Far cry from the over confident character we met in his first film.

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@Pyrosa: There truly isn't enough yawn in the universe to describe how boring your incel shtick has become.

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@Pyrosa: My God, you are reaching

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Thor Dark World SUCKED, like most superhero movies did. Same story over and over.

Now, her logic is a prime example of how we make up stories to feel better about ourselves.

She didn't want to do a "Chris Hemsworth" Movie, but Gal Gadot's movie/// NO PROBLEM.

Then, she basically took a xerox of the 1st Captain America Movie script, copied the slow walks with the explosions happening in the back and done.

Pats on the backs.

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@tlpina: Aaaaw, you have a rationalization for your misogyny....how cute...

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@esqueejy: In what planet was anything I said misogynistic? And really, I would love to understand your rationalization on this one.

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@tlpina: You completely and deliberately mischaracterized what she said were her reasons for not doing the movie, put words in her mouth, made it about whether it was a man's movie or a woman's movie and the implication was more than clear. Nobody's fooled. Cry about it.

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@esqueejy: Ohhh I see... You read the tidbits in this article AFTER it was edited.

You didn't actually see a the part where she didn't want to direct a "Chris Hemsworth movie".

You see the 6 or 7 likes on the comment. That was before HER statement that she " didn't want to direct a Chris Hemsworth movie" was removed from the article.

So... Just to be clear... First, she said that she didn't want to direct a Chris Hemsworth Movie... Then, years later, the story changed.

I'm not surprised you haven't read any of it. SJW Trolls are usually like that.

Now... Go find your Safe Space before you brain melts.

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The movie was a dud but party Jenkins would have made it an even worst one. Never heard of this woman existence before wonder woman came around and was hoping the she'll be back in her cave and someone else would have taking over the next wonder woman.

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@angrycreep: FYI Patty Jenkins is a monster director with some strong street cred under her belt. She did, The Killing, Entourage, Arrested Development, and the movie Monster with Charlize Theron. And of course WW. More importantly she has done, a Rhodes Scholar of film. Film, TV, Commercial. Drama, comedy, action. Writer, Director, producer.

At this point, she just wants awards instead of nominations. While she has directed a winning Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG Award, -she herself has only been nominated for Oscars, Emmys

For her age, she has got time and the luxury of getting to pick what ever she wants.

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She was right.

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@ak_13: Which just makes the 8chan monkeys even more butthurt.

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I’m impressed she had the presence of mind to realize the movie was a dud.

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