Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman, was originally slated to direct a very different kind of sequel for the second Thor movie, The Dark World, that would have seen a romantic battle instead of a fight against dark elves.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins talked at great length about her vision for the Marvel movie that never came to be.
In Jenkins’s take on the Norse god, Thor and love interest Jane Foster would have been separated in something of a space opera along the same vein as Romeo and Juliet. It was an idea too far removed from what the studio envisioned, which is what led to her leaving due to “creative differences” after only two months on board.
She had the following to say about the separation:
“There have been things that have crossed my path that seemed like troubled projects. I thought, ‘If I take this, it’ll be a big disservice to women. If I take this knowing it’s going to be trouble and then it looks like it was me, that’s going to be a problem. If they do it with a man, it will just be yet another mistake that the studio made. But with me, it’s going to look like I dropped the ball, and it’s going to send a very bad message.’ So I’ve been very careful about what I take for that reason.”
The Thor sequel that eventually did come to fruition was a world-hopping, clumsy affair that’s widely panned as one of Marvel’s worst, with Jane Foster coming under the possession of a dark force known as the Aether.
“I can’t do something I don’t believe in, in that big of a scale,” Jenkins also said of the project. “I knew that that was going to set [not only] me back, but also women directors back.”
Wonder Woman is out now in theaters.