The prospect of Wonder Woman 1984 having any director's cut died when Patty Jenkins outright denied its existence.
In an interview with Collider, the director answered with a simple “no” when asked about the possibility of a different version of the film being more in line with her vision. Jenkins explained that Wonder Woman 1984 wouldn't need a director's cut because it doesn't really have any deleted scenes, only parts of a scene that would just make that same sequence longer.
In hindsight, that last interview with Collider revealed quite a bit about Jenkins' own thought process when it comes to watching and making movies, saying that “we've gotten pretty quick moving in movies a lot now, but that doesn't add up to emotion to me.” However, the interviewer managed to squeeze something out of Patty Jenkins, with her admitting that one scene was cut, albeit an unexciting one.
In an interview with Collider, Patty Jenkins is pressed again about there being any deleted scenes from Wonder Woman 1984, only to reiterate that she had “cut out only parts of scenes” in WW84. The filmmaker does admit one scene being cut involving Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman hailing for a cab.
“I didn't cut out very many scenes in this movie. I cut out only parts of scenes. The only scene I can even think of that we cut out was Steve and Diana hailing a cab outside of The Natural History Museum to get to Black Gold. That's the only actual scene I think we cut out.”
WHAT THIS MEANS
One of the most common criticisms levied against Wonder Woman 1984 from both fans and critics has been how slow the film feels, especially near the beginning of the movie. It seemed that even the studio felt the same with Warner Bros. fighting with Patty Jenkins to cut out either the Amazon Olympics or the mall robbery. In the end, Jenkins won out, and both scenes were kept in—for better or worse.
Looking back at that initial interview with Collider is incredibly revealing:
“I may be indulging myself and just playing around in scenes for too long to sustain the movie. Generally, directors do that when you leave them alone.”
Warner Bros. certainly did leave Patty Jenkins alone, but it may have ultimately been a detriment to Wonder Woman 1984. At the very least, Patty Jenkins made the movie she wanted to make with Wonder Woman 1984, flaws and all. Hopefully, when Jenkins starts working on Wonder Woman 3 with Gal Gadot, the end product ends up more refined and better received.