Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins: Story gave birth to the need for two villains in film

Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman 1984, says that the story of the new film required two villains.

Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984.
Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984.

Filmmaker Patty Jenkins has made it clear that it wasn’t her idea to have two villains in her upcoming movie Wonder Woman 1984 and says it happened organically.
The much-awaited film is a sequel to Jenkins’ 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the titular DC superhero.
In the sequel, which will come out in August, Gadot’s Wonder Woman will face-off against Barbara Ann Minerva aka Cheetah (Kristen Wiig) as well as businessman Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal).
"It turned out that the story was the thing that gave birth to the need for both (villains)," Jenkins told Total Film in an interview.
"It wasn't that I thought I needed both. Cheetah was the villain that we were focused on having in this movie, but then Max Lord, throughout the history of Wonder Woman comics he serves a very mechanical purpose, often," she added.
The filmmaker also explained her decision to cast Wiig opposite Gadot in the sequel.
"It doesn't have to be against expectations, I think it has to be fresh, you know? If it was just a vixen like, Gal's a model, a full-blown model. If we cast another full-blown model and it’s a cat fight?
"That felt a little dull, versus a beautiful woman who’s totally different Kristen who's really funny but a total juxtaposition to Gal. So they have such a different space. I thought that was an interesting way to tell the story," Jenkins said.
As for Pascal, the director said the Narcos star has done a "fantastic" job with his character.
"Max Lord is a great Wonder Woman character. I love him serving the role he is right now. Pedro Pascal is fantastic at this role. It's like you’ve never seen him before too," Jenkins added.

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