The Most Memorable And Important Scene In ‘Wonder Woman’ Almost Didn’t Get Made At All
If you saw Wonder Woman you will probably agree that it is the best DC Comics movie since the Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale. You also know that there are some very key scenes that had they not been included in the film it would have completely changed the whole tone of the movie. Thankfully, as it turned out, director Patty Jenkins put together a very seamless motion picture that had pretty much everything a fan of the genre could want.
However, one memorable and very important scene in the film almost didn’t get made.
Okay, now that everyone who doesn’t want to see this is gone, let’s dish.
Remember the incredible No Man’s Land scene where Diana says screw it and goes out into the middle of battle revealing her badass Wonder Woman costume in full for the first time? Yeah, that scene came very close to not happening.
I know, right? How could that possibly be? Well, director Patty Jenkins explained the situation to Fandango…
“It’s my favorite scene in the movie and it’s the most important scene in the movie,” Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins told Fandango during an exclusive conversation prior to the film’s June 2 release. “It’s also the scene that made the least sense to other people going in, which is why it’s a wonderful victory for me.”
Apparently some higher-ups didn’t like the scene because Wonder Woman wasn’t fighting a single, specific enemy. Pfft…
“I think that in superhero movies, they fight other people, they fight villains,” she said. “So when I started to really hunker in on the significance of No Man’s Land, there were a couple people who were deeply confused, wondering, like, ‘Well, what is she going to do? How many bullets can she fight?’ And I kept saying, ‘It’s not about that. This is a different scene than that. This is a scene about her becoming Wonder Woman.’”
Jenkins was convinced the scene was right for the film and the character, despite the fact that Wonder Woman wasn’t necessarily battling a specific villain. And so early on she decided to storyboard the sequence herself to sell the moment more visually.
Jenkins eventually got through to the knuckleheads who didn’t understand and got her remarkable scene made. Thank goodness.
“It’s about her,” Jenkins said of the film’s key moment. “We’re not angry at the Germans. We don’t care about the Germans and neither does she. This is what she needs to do to get across [No Man’s Land], and so it’s about her.”
Jenkins added, “I take deep gratification that, ultimately, all of us together were able to turn it into that scene. It was always the most important scene in the movie to me in that it is the birth of Wonder Woman.”
Amen to that and thank the gods Jenkins was able to get it done.