Patty Jenkins' Thor 2 pitch was a galaxy-spanning Romeo and Juliet

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May 30, 2017

Although Wonder Woman is director Patty Jenkins’ first foray into the comic book movie genre, some of you will recall that she was originally slated to helm Thor: The Dark World, until she and Marvel parted ways over “creative differences.”

In a recent interview with Buzzfeed, Jenkins revealed that her original pitch for the second Thor movie (which was ultimately directed by Game of Thrones helmer Alan Taylor) would have featured a slightly different take for the superhero movie, one inspired by William Shakespeare’s iconic play Romeo and Juliet.

“I pitched them that I wanted to do Romeo and Juliet. I wanted Jane to be stuck on Earth and Thor to be stuck where he is. And Thor to be forbidden to come and save Jane because Earth doesn't matter. And then by coming to save her ... they end up discovering that Malekith is hiding the dark energy inside of Earth because he knows that Odin doesn't care about Earth, and so he's using Odin's disinterest in Earth to trick him. And so it was like, I wanted it to be a grand [movie] based on Romeo and Juliet ... a war between the gods and the earthlings, and Thor saves the day and ends up saving Earth.”

 

So, that’s what Jenkins wanted to go with for Thor. In a separate interview with UPROXX, Jenkins admitted that this would have been the wrong way to go with the Marvel film; and that had she made the movie at the time, she wouldn’t have gotten the highly sought-after Wonder Woman gig (which is, by the way, currently sitting at 96 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), saying:

“I don’t think I could have made a good movie out of Thor 2 because I wasn’t the right director. And I don’t think I would have been in the running for Wonder Woman as a result. And that’s one of the reasons why I’m glad I didn’t do it because I could have made a great Thor if I could have done the story that I was wanting to do. But I don’t think I was the right person to make a great Thor out of the story they wanted to do.”

What say you? Are you glad Patty Jenkins departed Thor 2 and got the chance to helm Wonder Woman instead? What do you think of her original pitch for the MCU movie?

(via Buzzfeed)