The director and star of Wonder Woman 1984 have both explained why Diana doesn’t wield a sword and shield in the movie.
Wonder Woman 1984 is now available to view for many but during the film, fans will have noticed that Diana isn’t utilising her sword and shield. This was a purposeful decision made by director Patty Jenkins and it has to do with Diana not wanting to kill anyone.
Speaking JoBlo, Jenkins and star Gal Gadot explained the thinking behind the decision. Gadot says: “This is part of the reason why we decided that she shouldn’t have a sword or a shield. Diana is not aggressive. She’s not there to fight. She’s a peacemaker. She also has the higher understanding that people are not bad per se, you know? Continuation to what Patty just mentioned, we’re all the same, we all have our moments where we don’t do the right thing in order to fill this hole. She assumes the best out of people, and her default is always to protect them and she leads by example. For her, humankind, they’ll get it, they’ll understand it eventually, but she will always do and give whatever she has in order to bring goodness to humankind.”
Jenkins added: “And not one person dies in the whole movie. You may or may not notice, but we went out of our way, because if all these people were under the power of something else, then it’s not their fault. I loved dealing with that. It’s not their fault that they’re attacking you, so it became hilariously entertaining…”
Choosing not to take life was certainly the noble thing to during the movie and it’s not like Diana often needs the help of lethal weapons to take down her enemies. And with the help of her lasso, she’s got pretty much all she needs.
Wonder Woman 1984 reunites Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins with stars Gal Gadot (Diana Prince), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), Robin Wright (General Antiope) and new additions Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters) as Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah, and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as Maxwell Lord.