DIRECTOR PATTY JENKINS was searching for inspiration for her “Wonder Woman” movie. It was to be DC Comics’ first major superhero film starring a woman, much less directed by one, and the first time Wonder Woman starred in her own big-screen story. Most of the population knew the character from Linda Carter’s high-camp 1970s TV show.
Jenkins wanted the film, which opens nationwide on Friday, to be different: epic and beautiful, as lush as an oil painting, with a color palette for each of the film’s four very different major acts.
“It’s very tricky,” she recalled. “It’s a fantasy land, turning period England, turning into war story, turning into special effects villain. We could so easily not be able to pull those things together.” As she prepared to film, however, one sequence — when Wonder Woman has chosen to leave her home and journey into a brave new world of World War I London — had her stumped.
A former art student, Jenkins (writer-director of 2003’s “Monster”) said she found what she was looking for in an unlikely place: the rich colors and textures in the works of John Singer Sargent.
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