Star Wars fans should give Patty Jenkins another chance after Wonder Woman 1984.
Wonder Woman 1984 released on Christmas on HBO Max giving fans a much-needed superhero movie while remaining safe at home during the pandemic. The movie, however, was met with a lot of criticism.
Issues stemmed from a wild plot to manipulating people by taking over their bodies. Also, where was all the great ‘80s music? Many of the criticisms were put on Patty Jenkins’ shoulders as she directed and wrote the movie.
With all the backlash, Star Wars fans wondered what it meant for Rogue Squadron, the Star Wars movie Jenkins has been tapped to direct and is slated to come out in 2023. According to IGN, it is not an adaptation but an original story. The treatment is nearly for the movie, according to Collider.
This is where the concerns come in for fans.
Wonder Woman was a fantastic movie, lauded as one of the best superhero movies to hit the big screen. Wonder Woman 1984 was anything but that. The difference is Jenkins doesn’t have a writing credit for Wonder Woman, so given the issues with Wonder Woman 1984, it seems the issues with the film rest predominantly on her.
Why Star Wars fans should trust Patty Jenkins
I’m not as concerned as other Star Wars fans. One movie doesn’t make or break someone. After Wonder Woman, fans wanted to see her helm a Star Wars film. After Wonder Woman 1984, they have questions. But Jenkins has worked on other good films, including writing and directing Monster, which was highly praised and for which Charlize Theron won an Oscar.
The fickleness of Star Wars fans is well known. They loved J.J. Abrams and then didn’t. They were excited for Rian Johnson and then not. Thrilled to see Abrams back and then not.
The only thing that truly seems to get Star Wars fans excited is The Mandalorian and anything Dave Filoni works on – and for good reason. It just seems difficult for fans to want to accept anything new.
I get it. As a Star Wars fan, I want to see amazing work. I want the movies to make me feel excited like I did as a kid seeing Leia for the first time. She changed my entire world.
I also think fans should give people a chance. Is there a perfect option that’s going to make everyone happy?
Fans are excited about Taika Waititi, though. His movie won’t be out until 2025, but what happens if he comes out with a film that is a flop between now and then? Will Star Wars fans jump off the bandwagon?
Fans just need to give Jenkins a chance. One rough movie doesn’t make or break someone’s career. Also, considering a third Wonder Woman film is already planned, Warner Bros., didn’t think so either.