In the run up to Wonder Woman 1984’s theatrical release, director Patty Jenkins stated that Warner Bros. made her change the ending she had planned for the original 2017 movie, and now the filmmaker has revealed that the studio also pushed for her to alter the opening of the sequel, although this time she came out victorious.
During an interview with Joblo, Jenkins said that the studio wasn’t keen on revisiting the island of Themyscira with the opening flashback scene featuring a young Diana, and wanted the director to either cut that or the subsequent 1980s mall scene which reintroduced Gal Gadot’s Amazon Princess.
“I was like, ‘we can’t, we can’t cut either,'” said Jenkins. “The reason that I ended up realizing that you need the Amazon is because I suddenly, you do that thing where you’re like, wait, you have to remember all the people that haven’t seen the first Wonder Woman who watch this on a plane. And suddenly it’s like, oh, it’s super hard to understand who Diana is and what’s going on without touching base there.”
“I love the fact that you hear all of the ‘being a great hero takes your whole life,’ you know?” she continued. “So there was this wisdom there that they were trying to tell her which is not about being the strongest or the fastest, it’s about these complex observations you have to make during life in order to become a true hero. I love that she doesn’t understand that until that final speech.”
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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.