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How 'Wonder Woman' built a world of women, onscreen and off

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/30/2017 By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer
In this May 20, 2017 photo, Connie Nielsen, from left, director Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, and Robin Wright pose for a portrait at the "Wonder Woman" junket in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this May 20, 2017 photo, Connie Nielsen, from left, director Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, and Robin Wright pose for a portrait at the "Wonder Woman" junket in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Patty Jenkins figures that in a world of only women, there would be no phallic structures.

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from "Wonder Woman," in theaters on June 2. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from "Wonder Woman," in theaters on June 2. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

The "Wonder Woman" director says building a world of women onscreen and off is an aim of the film.

In this May 20, 2017 photo, director Patty Jenkins, standing left, Robin Wright, seated left, Gal Gadot,standing right, and Connie Nielsen pose for a portrait at the "Wonder Woman" junket in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this May 20, 2017 photo, director Patty Jenkins, standing left, Robin Wright, seated left, Gal Gadot,standing right, and Connie Nielsen pose for a portrait at the "Wonder Woman" junket in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP)

She helped develop the look of the Amazon island that gives rise to Wonder Woman, and hired some 120 actresses and stuntwomen to populate it.

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Robin Wright in a scene from "Wonder Woman," in theaters on June 2. (Alex Bailey/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Robin Wright in a scene from "Wonder Woman," in theaters on June 2. (Alex Bailey/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

And as the first woman to helm a major superhero movie, Jenkins is opening doors for other female filmmakers.

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Connie Neilsen and Lilly Aspell in a scene from "Wonder Woman," in theaters on June 2. (Alex Bailey/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Connie Neilsen and Lilly Aspell in a scene from "Wonder Woman," in theaters on June 2. (Alex Bailey/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

Jenkins says she wants the film to surpass expectations so that it sends a strong message about the viability of female protagonists and filmmakers. Early reviews indicate she may be successful — the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes currently has the film scored at 96 percent based on first reviews.

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from "Wonder Woman," in theaters on June 2. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from "Wonder Woman," in theaters on June 2. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Robin Wright in a scene from "Wonder Woman," in theaters on June 2. (Alex Bailey/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP): In this May 20, 2017 photo, director Patty Jenkins, standing left, Robin Wright, seated left, Gal Gadot,standing right, and Connie Nielsen pose for a portrait at the "Wonder Woman" junket in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this May 20, 2017 photo, director Patty Jenkins, standing left, Robin Wright, seated left, Gal Gadot,standing right, and Connie Nielsen pose for a portrait at the "Wonder Woman" junket in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP)
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