Exclusive: Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins on creating the mythic world of Themyscira

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Aug 29, 2017

Wonder Woman plunged audiences into a sweeping world filled with myth and, yes, wonder. And early on, moviegoers got their first real glimpse of that world with a journey to Diana's home of Themyscira: the utopic island shrouded from mankind’s gaze that’s ultimately pierced by encroaching enemy soldiers.

Conjuring that island on-screen, however, took some mighty heroics of its own.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes peek from Wonder Woman’s home-video release, director Patty Jenkins opens up about the challenges of creating the Amazons’ homeland, as the filmmakers strove to stay true to creator William Moulton Marston’s vision of it.

“You go back to what, emotionally, he was going for, which was a paradise on earth,” Jenkins says, adding that she wanted to strike a balance between “what he imagined Themyscira to be like, but then trying to update it to our day and age of like, where is the paradise of our land, that you would want to go to, you would want to live at.”

That, apparently, was in the Mediterranean, and Jenkins and her creative team went to great lengths to envision the backstory of a whole new civilization, down to how they gardened and farmed.

“It was truly one of the hardest things that I did on the film, and one of the most fascinating,” Jenkins says.

As fans — and a colossal box-office haul — will attest, it all paid off.

Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, is available now via digital download, and will be out on Blu-ray on Sept. 19.