'Wonder Woman 1984' director Patty Jenkins says Donald Trump inspired villain character

Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for August 21

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking today in entertainment.

The villain in the upcoming DC superhero movie "Wonder Woman 1984" might look slightly familiar, according to director Patty Jenkins.

The 49-year-old filmmaker admitted she used President Donald Trump as inspiration for Pedro Pascal's Maxwell Lord. Jenkins told Screen Rant, "He's one of them," when asked if Trump influenced the development of the character.

"I mean honestly, the funny thing is he is, but I'm not trying to make … We even have the president in this movie, and I've gone out of my way not to make it look like Ronald Reagan," she added.

But Jenkins isn't using Lord to make a political statement in the "WW" comic book movie sequel. "I don't want to get political, it's not about being political," she explained.

Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord in ‘Wonder Woman 1984.’

"I don't have an agenda to have a political message to send to the world," Jenkins added. "Everybody needs to look at themselves right now, and our politics, our belief system of excess."

The producer/writer was also inspired by other real-life people and fictional villainous characters when creating Lord.


"Trump's definitely one of the people we looked at, but it's any of those kind of mavericks of business success that was big in the '80s. Who went on to be major players in our world in potentially questionable other ways," she said.

"Wonder Woman 1984" was originally supposed to be released in theaters back in June but had its date pushed back amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Now the film is slated for an October premiere.

Jenkins is already thinking ahead to the franchise's third and final installment, which has been greenlit. "The next one is probably my last Wonder Woman movie, so I have to put everything I want to show there. We have to think carefully," she said.


It's still not confirmed whether or not she'll direct but Jenkins is passionate about finishing the trilogy and has also envisioned how the character's "arc should end."

Source: Read Full Article