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Everything you need to know about the acclaimed female director behind 'Wonder Woman'

The highly anticipated “Wonder Woman” hits theatres this weekend, and the superhero’s first standalone feature film (which took 76 years to become a thing) is already getting great reviews, despite recent critical flops from the DC Extended Universe.

By now you may have heard of Patty Jenkins, the director of “Wonder Woman,” who happens to be a woman, which, even in 2017, is pretty rare for a blockbuster.

“Wonder Woman” is Jenkins’ first feature since 2003’s Oscar-winning “Monster.” In between she was on board to direct “Thor: The Dark World” but dropped out. She’s directed TV shows including “Arrested Development” and “The Killing.”

If “Wonder Woman” is as successful as it’s shaping up to be, this definitely won’t be the last time you hear about Patty Jenkins, who’s out to prove that more women should be directing movies.

Here’s everything you need to know about “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins:

Patty Jenkins was born in 1971 in Victorville, California.

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But Jenkins spent the majority of her childhood moving from place to place because her dad was an Air Force captain. She lived in Thailand, Kansas, and Germany.

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'To be a director, you need to be reliable, on time, confident, calm, all of those things you see demonstrated in the military,' she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Jenkins attended Cooper Union in New York City, where she studied painting. There, she took a course in experimental filmmaking.

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After she graduated from Cooper Union, she spent nine years in New York learning filmmaking by working on commercials and music videos. Then she moved to L.A. and enrolled at AFI for directing.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Because of her years working on sets, Jenkins was fully prepared to direct her first full-length feature, 2003's 'Monster.'

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She raised money through several short films in order to fund the movie. Jenkins also wrote the screenplay.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

But that all changed when Theron won the best actress Oscar for her role in 'Monster.'

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'I said to her, 'You know, you're absolutely f---ing crazy,'' Theron remembers of her conversation with Jenkins over her casting. 'Nobody else would have done that. It was very, very unusual. She looked at me in a way that nobody has ever looked at me.'

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

After the success of 'Monster,' Jenkins had a child who's now 8. She focused on directing TV so she would have more time for her family.

She's directed episodes of 'Arrest Development,' 'Entourage,' and got an Emmy nomination for her work directing the visually stunning pilot of AMC's 'The Killing.'

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In 2011, one of her short films was featured in 'Five' on Lifetime. 'Five' was a collection of short films about the impact of breast cancer, with other female directors including Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, and Demi Moore.

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Source: IMDb

Jenkins was once set to direct Marvel's 'Thor: The Dark World,' but backed out. The sequel to 'Thor' received mixed reviews.

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'There have been things that have crossed my path that seemed like troubled projects. And I thought, 'If I take this, it will be a big disservice to women. If I take this knowing it's going to be trouble and then it looks like it was me, that's going to be a problem. If they do it with a man, it will just be yet another mistake that the studio made. But with me, it's going to look like I dropped the ball, and it's going to send a very bad message.' So I've been very careful about what I take for that reason,' Jenkins said.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

In 2010, Jenkins pitched her idea for a standalone Wonder Woman movie (an origin story set in World War I) to Warner Bros. But the studio chose another female director, Michelle MacLaren, known for episodes of 'Breaking Bad' and 'Game of Thrones.'

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

When MacLaren parted ways with the project due to creative differences in 2015, Jenkins stepped in and Warner Bros. let her make her Wonder Woman period piece.

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'I think it's beautiful because actually the superhero genre has always had a bunch of great (female) superheros,' Jenkins told Business Insider. 'And it's funny and interesting that there's anything new about doing Wonder Woman 75 years later. We have always loved her so I hope it's the beginning of many more.'

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

'I'm sure there's a long history of belief that certain jobs are masculine,' Jenkins told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017. 'But why a director would fall into that (category) makes me very confused. Because it feels like a very natural job for a woman. It's incredibly maternal in a way. You're caretaking all of these sorts of things.'

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

'Credit Patty for not turning (Wonder Woman) into a ballbuster,' star Gal Gadot said. 'Wonder Woman can be very charming and warm and have so much compassion and love for the world. She can be soft and naive. At the same time, she just happens to be this demigoddess who can beat the shit out of you and can be a super badass and smart and confident. Ultimately, she's very relatable.'

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

'Wonder Woman' comes to theatres on June 2, and it has already received critical acclaim and looks ready to take in a lot of money at the box office according to early numbers and projections.

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Business Insider's Jason Guerrasio calls it 'one of the best superhero movies ever made.'

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