With less than one week remaining until the release of Wonder Woman 1984 in select theaters and on HBO Max, Warner Bros. and the movie's core team are getting busy giving interviews to media outlets promoting the new DCEU adventure. The franchise's ninth film has already received rave reviews from the few who have seen it early, describing it as another hit that takes everything delivered in 2017's Wonder Woman and taking it to another level.
The only footage released to the public thus far has been the movie's opening scene and a couple of shorter clips featuring Diana Prince and Steve Trevor, and the crew has been vigilant about keeping the majority of the plot under wraps for just a few days longer. Director Patty Jenkins did offer a small tease about the ending in her most recent interview, along with how it compares to the ending of her original outing in the DCEU.
In an interview with IGN, Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins was asked if it was a conscious choice to make the ending of this movie more personal than the end of 2017's Wonder Woman. Jenkins revealed that the ending of the original film was the same way, but the studio made her switch gears at the last minute:
“The original end of the first movie was also smaller, but the studio made me change it at the last minute. And so, that’s always been a little bit of a bummer that that’s the one thing people talk about, because I agreed, and I told the studio we didn’t have time to do it. But, it was what it was, and I ended up loving it, but that wasn’t the original ending of the movie."
WHAT THIS MEANS
The original ending to Wonder Woman will likely never be revealed, but Patty Jenkins seems to be at least happy that Warner Bros. kept the ending of Wonder Woman 1984 the way it was originally intended. The first movie closed with Diana Prince engaging in a one-on-one showdown with David Thewlis' Ares after he revealed himself as the God of War, while the Amazonian princess found her full strength and blasted Ares with her best fight moves and a huge strike of lightning.
Gal Gadot's sequel will see Diana taking on two new adversaries in Pedro Pascal's Maxwell Lord and Kristen Wiig's Barbara Minnerva/Cheetah. Although Diana has already been seen in the trailers in intense physical battles with the Cheetah, while utilizing the anticipated Golden Eagle armor, she and Barbara appear to foster a close relationship early on before things go south. It will be exciting to see how Jenkins shows the progression of their friendship before it turns into a rivalry, especially with Jenkins describing the conclusion of this movie as having a much smaller scale than the original from 2017.
Wonder Woman 1984 will release in select theaters and on HBO Max on December 25.