When Patty Jenkins took on the challenge to the iconic Wonder Woman character to the big screen for the first time, she reached out to a woman for support: Lynda Carter.
“She is like a sister to us on this journey,” said Jenkins on the now 65-year-old, who famously played Wonder Woman on TV in the 1970s.
“I wanted her to know: Lynda, we are not the next generation were busy with their version of Wonder Woman,” says Jenkins. “We are born of your Wonder Woman and it is a rule, it is a chain. We are a continuation of a vision and a dream of a great character.”
Jenkins grew up watching Carter’s take on the superhero, and has wanted to bring the character’s story to the big screen for more than a decade. Wonder Woman was created in 1941 by DC Comics, but this is the character’s first solo theatrical adventure.
It opens Friday, faced with high expectations of moviegoers, and Warner Bros., who hopes that it will boost a DC world is tempered by “Batman v Superman in November, the “Justice League.”
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Jenkins wants the film to inspire the public as much as Carter and the TV show did. And Carter wants the same.
“Well, I think it is time,” says Carter. “It’s now on a new generation of people and I am happy.”
The film tells the story of the origin of comics’ Amazon princess Diana, played by Gal Gadot, and why they left the idyllic island of themyscira to fight for justice between people. Chris Pine plays Steve Trevor, the charming spy who lures Diana to London, where she discovered her super powers.
Jenkins said Carter told her that fans still approach her to talk about the “Wonder Woman” and they wanted the same kinds of connections for the driver.
“What a beautiful, beautiful thing,” Jenkins said. “We strive to be as graceful and beautiful as she is as the representative of Wonder Woman.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.