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Patricia Lea Jenkins[1] (born July 24, 1971) is an American film director and screenwriter. She directed Monster (2003) and Wonder Woman (2017), and is slated to direct the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984.

Patty Jenkins
Patty Jenkins at the 2018 Comic-Con International.jpg
Jenkins at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Patricia Lea Jenkins
(1971-07-24) July 24, 1971 (age 47)
Victorville, California, U.S.
Alma mater Cooper Union
AFI Conservatory
  • Film director
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
Years active 1995–present
Sam Sheridan (m. 2007)
Children 1


Early lifeEdit

Jenkins was born July 24, 1971,[2] in Victorville, California,[3] to William T. Jenkins, an Air Force captain and fighter pilot who earned a Silver Star in the Vietnam War, and Emily Roth, who worked in San Francisco as an environmental scientist.[4] She has an older sister, Elaine Roth.[3]

She spent kindergarten through her junior year of high school living in Lawrence, Kansas.[5] She received her undergraduate degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1993,[6] and her masters in directing from the American Film Institute's AFI Conservatory in 2000.[7] While a student at AFI, Jenkins, an avid fan of the films of Pedro Almodóvar, made the 2001 short film Velocity Rules, that she describes as a cross between a superhero film and Almodóvar's tone about an accident-prone housewife.[8]


Jenkins wrote and directed the 2003 crime drama film Monster about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who was executed in Florida in 2002 for killing six men in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After the success of Monster, Jenkins was approached by United States Air Force record-setting test pilot Chuck Yeager to develop a film about his life, but the film fell apart. She then attempted to make a movie titled I Am Superman, a film with no relation to the DC Comics character, with Ryan Gosling, but that film was delayed when she became pregnant. After these films fell apart, Jenkins spent the next decade working in television in order to spend more time with her child.[1] During promotion for Wonder Woman, Jenkins stated she still hoped to make I Am Superman with Ryan Gosling.[9]

In 2011 she directed one segment in the made-for-television anthology film Five. In October 2011, she was hired to direct Thor: The Dark World, the first sequel to Thor, but left the project after less than two months over creative differences.[10] In 2014, she was attached to a film about a female assassin called Sweetheart,[11] but that film was never made. In 2015, Jenkins signed on as director for the DC Extended Universe film, Wonder Woman,[12] with a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and a story co-written by Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs.[13] Wonder Woman was released in June 2017 and gave Jenkins the biggest domestic opening of all-time for a female director (surpassing previous record holder Fifty Shades of Grey by Sam Taylor-Johnson).[14] With this film, Jenkins also became the first female director of an American studio superhero movie.[15] Wonder Woman eventually became the highest-grossing film directed by a woman, surpassing previous record holder Mamma Mia! by Phyllida Lloyd.[16]

While promoting Wonder Woman, Jenkins mentioned that her next project would likely be a limited television series developed with her husband.[1] This project was later revealed as a horror series titled Riprore to premiere on the video-on-demand service Shudder.[17] In July 2017, the US cable network TNT announced Jenkins would direct the premiere of a six-episode television drama, I Am the Night, written by her author husband Sam Sheridan and featuring her Wonder Woman star Chris Pine. She additionally will serve as an executive producer.[18]

In September 2017, Variety reported Jenkins would return to direct Wonder Woman 2.[19] On December 6, 2017, Jenkins was named by Time magazine as a runner-up for the Time Person of the Year.[20] Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States on June 5, 2020. It had originally been scheduled for November 1, 2019.[21]

Other workEdit

Jenkins, Wonder Woman actresses Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, and U.N. Under-Secretary General Cristina Gallach appeared at the United Nations on October 21, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman, to mark the character's designation by the United Nations as its "Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls".[22][23] The gesture was intended to raise awareness of UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 5, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.[22][23][24] The decision was met with protests from UN staff members who stated in their petition to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the character is "not culturally encompassing or sensitive", and served to objectify women. As a result, the character was stripped of the designation, and the project ended December 16.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2007, Jenkins married Sam Sheridan, a former firefighter and the author of the book A Fighter's Heart.[4] Jenkins and Sheridan have a son together[25] and live in Santa Monica, California.[1]


In 2004, Jenkins won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for her work on Monster[26] and received the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal from the American Film Institute.[27] In 2011, Jenkins received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot of The Killing.[28] She received two nominations from the 2012 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, one for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series" for The Killing and the other for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series" for Five. On January 28, 2012, she won the DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Dramatic Series for the pilot of The Killing.[29]



Year Title Director Writer Other Notes
1995 A Modern Affair No No Yes Second Assistant Camera
2001 Velocity Rules Yes Yes No Best Short Film at Telluride Indiefest[30]
2003 Monster Yes Yes No Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature
2017 Wonder Woman Yes No No Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Director
2020 Wonder Woman 1984 Yes[19] Yes Yes Also producer[31][32]


Year Title Director Producer Other Notes
2004 Arrested Development Yes No No Episode: "The One Where They Build a House"
2006 Entourage Yes No No Episodes: "Crash and Burn" and "The Release"
2008 The Sarah Silverman Program No No Yes Episode: "Fetus Don't Fail Me Now"[33]
2011 Five Yes No No Television film; segment: "Pearl"
2011–2012 The Killing Yes No No Episodes: "Pilot" and "What I Know"
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series
2013 Betrayal Yes Executive No Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Exposed Yes Executive No Unaired pilot[34]
2019 I Am the Night Yes Executive No Episodes: "Pilot" and "1.2"


  1. ^ a b c d Siegel, Tatiana (May 31, 2017). "The Complex Gender Politics of the 'Wonder Woman' Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 17, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Birth of Patricia Jenkins". Archived from the original on July 27, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b del Barco, Mandalit (June 2, 2017). "'When Time Was New': 'Wonder Woman' Brings Sunlight To The DC Universe". New Hampshire Public Radio. Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017. She was born in 1971 on an Air Force base in Victorville, Calif. Her father had been an F4 fighter pilot during Vietnam. And the family moved around a lot - Cambodia, Thailand and Kansas after he died. In Lawrence, Jenkins' mother worked as an environmental scientist, raising two daughters as a single mom. Elaine Roth remembers her little sister Patty...
  4. ^ a b "Patty Jenkins, Sam Sheridan". The New York Times. September 2, 2007. Archived from the original on July 27, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Niccum, Jon (January 16, 2004). "How to build a 'Monster'". Lawrence Journal-World. Kansas. Archived from the original on June 17, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  6. ^ Lynch, Mary (April 16, 2015). "Patty Jenkins A'93 is Director for Wonder Woman Movie". . Cooper Union Alumni Association. Archived from the original on July 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Congratulations to AFI Conservatory Alumna Patty Jenkins".
  8. ^ Woerner, Meredith (May 30, 2017). "The world needs Wonder Woman. Director Patty Jenkins explains why". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ Loughrey, Clarisse (June 2, 2017). "Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins wants to make 'I Am Superman' movie with Ryan Gosling". The Independent.
  10. ^ "'Thor 2' Director Patty Jenkins Exits". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ "Patty Jenkins Signs On For Second Film – Sweetheart". IndieWire.
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (April 15, 2015). "'Wonder Woman' Movie Finds a New Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. ^ Chitwood, Adam (June 1, 2017). "‘Wonder Woman’ Producer Charles Roven on the Many Writers That Tried to Tackle the Script". Collider.
  14. ^ Mendelson, Scott (June 4, 2017). "Box Office: Five Ways 'Wonder Woman' Has Already Made History". Forbes. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  15. ^ Strauss, Bob (May 31, 2017). "How 'Wonder Woman' lassoed the first female director of a studio superhero movie". The Mercury News.
  16. ^ Williams, Trey (2017-06-24). "'Wonder Woman' passes 'Mamma Mia!' as highest-grossing film by female director". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  17. ^ Giroux, Jack (June 6, 2017). "'Wonder Woman' Director Patty Jenkins is Making a Horror Project For Shudder". Slash Film.
  18. ^ Wyche, Elbert (2017-07-27). "TNT orders Chris Pine, Patty Jenkins drama straight-to-series". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  19. ^ a b Kroll, Justin. "Patty Jenkins Closes Deal to Direct 'Wonder Woman' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  20. ^ Luscombe, Belinda. "Patty Jenkins: TIME Person of the Year 2017 Runner Up". Time. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  21. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 22, 2018). "'Wonder Woman 1984' Flies To Summer 2020". Deadline. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  22. ^ a b Serrao, Nivea (October 13, 2016). "Wonder Woman named UN Honorary Ambassador for empowerment of women and girls". Entertainment Weekly.
  23. ^ a b "Wonder Woman Named the United Nations' Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls". Business Wire. October 21, 2016.
  24. ^ a b Roberts, Elizabeth (December 13, 2016). "UN drops Wonder Woman as honorary ambassador". CNN.
  25. ^ Rosen, Lisa (Winter 2013). "Natural-Born Director". DGA Quarterly.
  26. ^ Hernandez, Eugene (February 28, 2004). ""Lost In Translation" Tops Independent Spirit Awards, "Station Agent" Another Big Winner". Indiewire.
  27. ^ "Monster Screenwriter/Director Patty Jenkins Honored by AFI with 14th Annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal" (PDF). American Film Institute. June 7, 2004.
  28. ^ "The Killing Nabs Six Emmy Noms, Including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series". AMC. July 28, 2011.
  29. ^ Killday, Gregg (January 28, 2012). "Directors Guild of America Awards 2012: Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter.
  30. ^ "Karlovy Vary Film Festival Monster".
  31. ^ Nyren, Erin (June 21, 2017). "Patty Jenkins Developing 'Wonder Woman' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)".
  32. ^ Kit, Borys. "'The Expendables' Writer Joins Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns to Write 'Wonder Woman 2' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  33. ^ Frese, David (June 1, 2017). "Don't stop believin': Patty Jenkins' journey from Lawrence to 'Wonder Woman'". Kansas City Star.
  34. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (February 28, 2014). "Brian F. O'Byrne Joins ABC Drama 'Exposed'". The Hollywood Reporter.

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