Long story short, while exploring a mysterious artifact for the FBI, Diana and Barbara unconsciously crave the “Dream Stone” that allows Steve back for Wonder Woman and the ability to defend themselves from drunken cats and look hot while doing so for Barbara – she wanted to be more like Diana, okay? Of course, there is a catch, and Diana must destroy the stone or give up her true desire before she loses power. Unfortunately, Barbara – now known as the Cheetahs – is less willing to give up her new strength, even though it takes her away from humanity.
What follows is two hours and 35 minutes of capricious escapism with a pinch of the heart and a glimmer of hope of idealism. I spoke to Patty Jenkins about the message of the film, fighting for her salary and opportunities The Wonderful Woman III. Warning: spoilers in front of us.
I wanted to start with the question: If you don’t know the consequences of the dream stone, what would you want right now and what would it cost you?
That is hard. I think I would like the end of climate change and for people to be better than they are – for humanity to be much better. I think it would cost me my family. It is my thing that is most valuable to me. I don’t know if that’s my biggest strength. It would be awful to lose my ability to make movies.
In a recent interview, you said it was Trump not inspiration behind the touching moment of the film. But I found that in the character of Pedro Pascal, Maxwell Lord, there is so much Trump, from his hair to the line, “I’m not a fraud, I’m a television personality.” How deliberate was that?
You know what’s funny that none of that was supposed to be about him. You may feel like I’m lying or trying to hide it, but it’s actually true. It was about someone who wanted to be Trump. U [comic book] you know, Max Lord is someone who is a powerful businessman, right? The way we’ve planted that a little bit is to actually, in this case, end up with someone trying to emulate a powerful businessman.
So there’s definitely Trump, Madoff and Gordon Gekko – all of these guys are definitely there – but how he got there was just trying to be just that kind. If Lord had been Trump, the story would have ended much differently. I couldn’t tell the story of Trump.