Patty Jenkins turned down 'Justice League' because there were too many characters

Gregory Wakeman
Contributor
Patty Jenkins had no interest in directing Justice League (Image by Warner Bros)

Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins turned down the chance to direct Justice League, as there were too many characters and she wasn’t interested in the connecting it to DC’s cinematic universe.

Jenkins made this candid admission to Premiere Magazine, via ComicBook.com, remarking, “Unlike other directors, I don't really care about shared universes, continuity, and that kind of detail.”

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“I’ve been contacted to make a Justice League movie in the past, and it doesn't connect to me. Too many characters."

Before that point of the conversation, Jenkins had been talking about why she loves working with Warner Bros and DC so much. 

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 26: Patty Jenkins of 'I Am The Night' attends The IMDb Studio at Acura Festival Village on location at The 2019 Sundance Film Festival - Day 2 on January 26, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

"I really like the people who work there, but they want full control over their movies. The director is under control. Yes, it can happen. Furthermore, It shows immediately if a director cannot impose his/her vision. When this is the case, I get the impression that these people are doing a different job than me.”

As a result of this approach, Jenkins says that she got to do exactly what she wanted with Wonder Woman 1984, before then adding, “And then, everything a superhero movie needs comes naturally to me: I love shooting great action scenes versus great sets. I really enjoy it."

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"I love comics, but I've come to superheroes through films. There is in me this desire to emulate compared to the movies I saw as a child. A certain spirit that reigned in those times. Is that relevant when I shoot? I don't know.”

Wonder Woman 1984 is currently scheduled to hit cinemas on August 12, 2020, but that could be pushed back due to the Coronavirus.