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Wonder Woman, Like Director Patty Jenkins, Is All About “Thinking For Yourself”


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Can we just talk about how badass director Patty Jenkins is for, like, a minute?

In this awesome profile of the Wonder Woman director over at The L.A. Times, Jenkins talks about appreciating Diana of Themyscira for exactly who and what she is, not who we think she should be; about how she’s been interested in superhero stories long before Wonder Woman and even long before her Oscar-caliber turn as writer-director on the Charlize Theron vehicle, Monster; and we even hear about how a huge car accident allowed Jenkins to basically start her life from scratch and make decisions from a more fearless place.

Ultimately, this all boils down to the thing that Jenkins values above all else; her advice to all aspiring filmmakers; the thing that she believes makes Wonder Woman so important: thinking for oneself.

Wonder Woman is important, Jenkins says, “To teach people the lessons of thinking for yourself and doing the right thing and trying to be a good person.”

“There’s so many things making it particularly difficult for people to learn to think for yourself,” she continues. “You are responsible. You are. For being a hero. Because no hero’s going to come. It’s going to be you. And you have to do it every day, not because anybody deserves it or anybody will know. You have to do it because that’s who you are and that’s what you believe.”

Here’s hoping that Wonder Woman inspires all of us to be our best selves, and to do our parts to make this world better.

(image: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock)

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