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The First Wonder Woman Film Was Supposed To Have A Different Ending

On December 25, 2020, the world is going to get the chance to finally see, after many delays, the sequel to 2017's hit DC film, Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the iconic superhero. Entitled Wonder Woman 1984 and directed once again by Patty Jenkins, the new movie focuses on the adventures of Diana of Themyscira in the year 1984 as she battles new evils. Pedro Pascal, who plays Mando on The Mandalorian, takes on the role of Maxwell Lord, a powerful businessman and well-known villain in DC Comics, while Kristen Wiig joins the movie as Barbara Ann Minerva, a.k.a. Cheetah.

One of the biggest surprises hinted at in the trailers is the return of Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, who supposedly met his end in the final act of Wonder Woman. Without a clue yet as to how he comes back to life, it's one of the main questions fans have going into the sequel. The new film promises to be bigger and brighter than the first, and critics have already started sharing their thoughts, with most praising Wonder Woman 1984 and citing the heartwarming and inspiring story.

Ahead of the film's long-awaited release, Jenkins provided some insight into the moviemaking process, highlighting differences between Wonder Woman 1984 and the first film. In an interview with IGN, she spoke of the contrast between the endings of Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984, and what exactly led to the original movie ending as it did.

The studio made Patty Jenkins change Wonder Woman's original ending

When asked about Wonder Woman 1984's more "pared down" ending in comparison to the first film's big final battle between Diana and Ares, Jenkins revealed that Wonder Woman initially had a smaller, quieter ending, as well — but the studio told her to change it. Referring to how many people comment on the first movie's ending, and its lack of a more emotional, softer moment, Jenkins said, "I agreed, and I told the studio we didn't have time to do it, but it was what it was." Looking back now, Jenkins said that she "ended up loving" the ending, but it wasn't what she initially planned.

With Wonder Woman 1984, Jenkins finally got the chance to end the movie exactly as she wanted, which resulted in a quieter character beat. But don't worry, the film also has "visual effects, a big battle," and all the action you'd expect from a big superhero film. Elaborating on what to expect, Jenkins said, "There's all kinds of stuff going on, but it was really fun to shape it differently." 

Wonder Woman 1984 will be one of the first movies to be released simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters this Christmas, and Warner Bros. plans to do the same with its 2021 releases, like Dune and The Suicide Squad, so everyone's eager to see how this one pans out.