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Director springs to defend ‘Wonder Woman’

Patty Jenkins takes to Twitter to combat rumor the movie’s ‘a mess’

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (Zack Snyder/Warner Bros)
Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (Zack Snyder/Warner Bros)

Even Wonder Woman can do with a little extra protection sometimes. The upcoming movie depicting the DC comic heroine got some defense this week from director Patty Jenkins after a letter published online claimed that, inside the production studio, the film is seen as “a mess.”

“Woah, just saw this press about WW having problems,” Jenkins wrote. “Are they serious? This is some made up bs right here. Made up! Produce a source, anyone.”

The letter sharply criticizing senior executives at Warner Bros was posted last week under the name of Gracie Law, who claims to be a former employee at the studio.

“Wonder Woman” is scheduled to hit theaters on June 2, 2017, focusing on the classic superheroine introduced earlier this year to moviegoers in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Screen shot of Israeli actress Gal Gadot depicting Wonder Woman in a trailer for Warner Brothers' "Wonder Woman." (YouTube screen capture)
Screen shot of Israeli actress Gal Gadot depicting Wonder Woman in a trailer for Warner Brothers’ “Wonder Woman.” (YouTube screen capture)

In the missive, which singles out Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara with particular vitriol, Law said that the studio had mismanaged a string of films including “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman,” while also laying off hundreds of workers.

Law then claimed that “Wonder Woman,” which stars Israeli actress Gal Gadot, is also a “mess.”

“Don’t try to hide behind the great trailer,” the letter said. “People inside are already confirming it’s another mess. It is almost impressive how you keep rewarding the same producers and executives for making the same mistakes, over and over.”

Jenkins, the director, took to Twitter and in a series of posts dismissed the claims as unfounded.

“Isn’t until you are intimately involved in these things that you realize how totally false these rumors can,” she wrote. “Let me reassure you zero about the movie we are making has been called a mess by anyone in the know.

“You can’t because it’s entirely false. Don’t believe the hype people. Someone’s trying to spread some serious misinfo,” Jenkins said.

Set during the World War I era, “Wonder Woman” will introduce the hero’s alter ego, Diana Prince, and her origins on the Amazonian island of Themyscira.

Referring to a piece of equipment carried by the main character that enables her to induce honesty in anyone she captures, Jenkins wrote: “Real lasso of truth, time, will reveal that letter to be false soon enough. But lame something so transparent in its agenda gets traction.”

Last month Gadot was attacked on Twitter for being a “Zionist,” and in the run-up to “Batman v Superman” came under intense scrutiny for her bust, which some deemed too small for Wonder Woman.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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