Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is on top of the world considering her movie is shattering box office records. When she stopped by Conan, we learned that she was destined to direct the film because her high school nickname was, in fact, Wonder Woman.
Conan O’Brien asked the director if she got the name because she was an incredible athlete. She replied, “Not because I was Wonder Woman-like or looked like Wonder Woman.” Turns out the story behind the nickname is a much more humbling one.
When Jenkins was walking through her high school cafeteria one day, she tripped and fell. Because teenagers can be malicious, somebody said, “Way to go, Wonder Woman.” And the nickname stuck.
But it’s Jenkins who is laughing now. She now holds the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend for a female film director. It’s more than just money too: Her film has received almost entirely positive reviews. Jenkins has been in the film business for a long time, and we look forward to seeing much more from her in the coming years.
Conan airs weeknights at 11 p.m. on TBS.
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