Superman’s Richard Donner literally passes the baton to Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins

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Mar 26, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT (Updated)

This summer’s Wonder Woman was not only a massive critical and financial hit for the DC Extended Universe, the comic book movie directed by Patty Jenkins also brought back the wondrous sense of heroic optimism that was a staple of Richard Donner’s Superman.

Superman was all about you,” Jenkins said last year about the movie starring the late Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent/Supes. “It was about you watching and realizing what it would feel like to have great powers and do great things. It was full of love and emotion.”

Woefully absent from Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, that feeling of hope, compassion and earnestness that became one of the cornerstones of Jenkins’ superhero movie was directly inspired by Donner’s 1978 take on the Man of Steel. Basically, Superman passed the baton to Wonder Woman, and now that figurative baton has literally been passed from Donner to Jenkins, whose selfless heroine has brought much needed change to the slate of DC movies.

Jenkins recently attended a DGA (Directors Guild of America) event where Donner was on hand for a Q&A, and he literally gave Jenkins a red baton he had made her. Here's what Jenkins wrote: “At DGA tonight. Reminds me of last time there. Greatest honor ever! Q&A by Richard Donner who unwrapped and passed me a baton he'd made me.”

Patty Jenkins will return to direct and co-write Wonder Woman 2 with Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham (The Expendables). The movie will open on Dec. 13, 2019.

(via Comic Book)