The DCEU has had mixed success since its inception, but one of the best movies to come from it was Wonder Woman. Directed by Patty Jenkins, it managed to be a better movie and bring back the people who felt jaded by Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad. The movie was one of the most critically-acclaimed releases of 2017 and Warner Bros has already fast-tracked a sequel. That said, despite the success and quality of the film, it wasn’t all perfect. There were a few missteps along the way and a lot of changes that Patty Jenkins made to Wonder Woman for the movie.
To be fair, there were a lot of changes made to help the overall quality of the story, but they are still different from what comic fans know about Diana Prince. There were also a few changes made to the lore that didn’t quite work and left the movie feeling just shy of a phenomenal superhero film. Wonder Woman is one of the DCEU’s best movies, and we’re huge fans, but there are still 15 things that Patty Jenkins got wrong about the character and the lore that surrounds her. We’ll see if any of these problems change in Wonder Woman 2.
15. STEVE TREVOR’S DEATH
At the end of Wonder Woman, she and Steve Trevor are working against the clock to save the world from a deadly bomb. It’s in that moment that Steve decides that he’s going to be the one to get on the plane, shoot the bomb in midair, and go down with the ship while Diana fights off Ares.
It was a truly moving scene and one that helped the film a lot. However, it wasn’t exactly how it went in the comics. Steve Trevor and Diana Prince had much more time together and she even visited him while he was old (similar to Captain America and Peggy Carter in the MCU). There are also some variants of the lore that introduce Steve Trevor in the modern day.
14. THE ICONIC COSTUME
When Wonder Woman first debuted, she had a very patriotic costume. Filled with stars, stripes, red, white and blue, she became the quintessential superhero for women. That said, as time went on, DC knew they had to alter her design to fit in with the times.
Over the years, she has had a lot of interpretations to her costume. She’s had armor, darker colors, and even a full crown to go along with her outfit. In the Wonder Woman movie, her costume is similar to the New 52 in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t have any of the stars or stripes that made her original design so iconic. Needless to say, this change was necessary, as audiences wouldn’t be able to take her seriously otherwise.
13. WORLD WAR I
The main difference between Captain America: The First Avenger and Wonder Woman is that the former took place during World War II while the latter took place during World War I. However, the comics didn’t have that distinction. Wonder Woman was known for operating during World War II and taking out plenty of Nazis along the way.
Obviously, because Marvel beat them to the punch, DC chose to place Wonder Woman in a different era so that it would stand on its own rather than being compared to the Star Spangled Avenger’s first outing. That being said, Diana still goes against a lot of people that act and think a lot like the Nazis did back in the day. When all is said and done, it wasn’t the most significant change.
12. BIRTH OF DIANA
Diana Prince is known for having a few different origin stories depending on which comic you read. Her first origin dealt with her being fashioned out of clay along with the rest of the Amazons. This was the birth that Diana’s mother told her during the film. In reality, she was the daughter of Zeus, which was an origin explored in later runs of the comic series.
That said, the Wonder Woman movie takes parts from both of these origins and blends them together to not only have a bit of mythological significance, but to bring a level of mystery as well. Either way, it was smart for Patty Jenkins to not go with Diana being molded from clay, as that might’ve been a bit too ridiculous for audiences to accept.
11. THE ACCENT
In Wonder Woman, you’ll notice that Diana and the rest of the Amazonians have a very distinct accent. The reason for this has nothing to with the story but Gal Gadot herself. She has a natural accent that was carried over into her first appearance as Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
After that, Patty Jenkins decided to roll with it and bring a new level of culture to Themyscira by having all of the Amazonians talk like that. In the comics, Wonder Woman has never had a serious accent, and that has been reflected in her television and animated appearances. The intention in Wonder Woman was to make her seem more like a foreigner and, therefore, more symbolic of the story taking place.
10. THEMYSCIRA OR PARADISE ISLAND?
We all know Wonder Woman’s home as Themyscira, the secret island where all of the Amazonians lived. This land has also appeared in other DC media, like Legends of Tomorrow. As a result, when people think of Wonder Woman’s home, Themyscira is the name that comes to everybody’s mind first.
That said, Themyscira wasn’t originally Wonder Woman’s home. When the Amazons first debuted, they lived on Themyscira, but it was destroyed by another god. They evacuated and made a new life for themselves in a secluded place called Paradise Island. Coincidentally, this island was hidden from the view of outsiders, which Patty Jenkins adapted into the Wonder Woman movie. It’s likely that she wanted to go with a more iconic name than just plain old “Paradise Island”.
9. NO INVISIBLE JET
One of Wonder Woman’s most iconic pieces of equipment is the Invisible Jet. This machine is exactly what you’d expect from the title: a jet that is invisible. It has been a staple of her character for decades, but it wasn’t something that would always define her. In later incarnations, she gained the ability to fly and didn’t need to use the Invisible Jet as much.
In Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins found it difficult to incorporate the invisible jet, so it was removed altogether. Furthermore, Wonder Woman did learn to fly and didn’t even need the jet. On top of that, it’d be hard not to cringe at the picture of Wonder Woman sitting down in midair while her entire jet is invisible. It would require some serious revisions before making it to the big screen.
8. MAN IN DISTRESS
When Steve Trevor was introduced to the comics, he was inserted as a bit of role reversal. At the time, it was typical for male superheroes to go out and save the damsel in distress. The creator of Wonder Woman wondered what it would be like if the shoe was on the other foot. Despite the fact that Steve Trevor works in the military, he has still found himself in need of rescue. That’s where Wonder Woman comes in.
Patty Jenkins didn’t go this route, though, as she likely knew it would be the subject of ridicule. Instead, she had Steve be a fairly capable individual who could take out bad guys and win his own fights. He just needed the help of a demigoddess from time to time. If you can’t lift a tank, get your Amazonian friend to do it.
7. THE CGI ARMOR OF ARES
Before Wonder Woman came out, comic fans were wondering if the antagonist would be Ares, the god of war. After keeping everything hush hush and under wraps, DC eventually came out and showed off that Ares would indeed be causing trouble for the Americans and Diana. That said, his execution in the movie left a lot to be desired.
Ares was depicted as a feeble, old man who had a lot of power. During his fight with Diana, he melded some metal to his body that resembled his Greek costume from the comics. However, the CGI outfit that he wore didn’t compare to his actual costume. Patty Jenkins certainly missed an opportunity to show what a Greek/Roman villain could really do in a big budget superhero movie.
6. ETTA CANDY’S PERSONALITY
When Diana came to America with Steve Trevor, they weren’t the only two working to save the day. Along for the ride was Steve’s secretary, Etta Candy. This lovable sidekick originates in the comics as well and largely served as the comic relief character (some of her lines were pure gold). She even helped fight the bad guys a few times.
For the most part, Etta functions the same way in Wonder Woman. However, Patty Jenkins tuned down many of her comedic moments. In the comics, Etta was much more over the top and made extraneous references to candy. In the movie, Etta had some great lines, but she was more of a background and supporting role rather than a cheesy joke machine (take notes, Marvel).
5. AMAZONIAN TRIALS
In the movie, we got to see Wonder Woman’s mother, Hippolyta, try to keep Diana from being trained to become a warrior. However, it wasn’t long before Diana proved to be made for fighting and was trained by Antiope, her aunt, in the hopes of becoming the greatest Amazon who ever lived. Several long years went by while Diana was trained and discovering her new powers.
Her training regimen was much different in the comics. There were several Amazonian trials that she had to overcome. This included riding weird kangaroo-like animals in events that were strikingly similar to the Olympics. She eventually beat her sister at these events and became an Amazonian hero, much to the dismay of her mother at the time. The only difference between these two stories is that her mother didn’t want her trained.
4. ZEUS THE CREATOR
In the opening moments of the movie, we’re told that the Amazons were created by the god of gods, Zeus. He sent his blessing down to Themyscira and created them to become powerful women warriors. Because of this, Zeus was treated as the illustrious life-giver who had power that could outshine any other being in the world.
In the comics, Zeus wasn’t such an altruistic creator. As a matter of fact, he wasn’t solely responsible for the creation of the Amazons. There were other various gods and goddesses who contributed to the creation of the Amazons. Patty Jenkins likely changed this so that the origin would be much easier to follow, but it loses a bit of its rich Greco-Roman history in the process, which is a bit of a shame.
3. WHY DIANA LEFT
When we meet Diana Prince in Wonder Woman, she is bogged down by her mother’s rules but has dreams of making a difference and being a great warrior. We learn quickly that she has a knack for disobeying her mother and doing her own thing. That’s why it came to no one’s surprise when she heard of World War I that she chose to leave and defeat Ares in the process.
In the comics, she left for other reasons. Some state that she left because she was engaged in some sort of rivalry with Steve Trevor after he visited the island. Others depict her as the ambassador of Themyscira who is tasked with going to other realms of the world and trying to make peace with them. We think it’s safe to say that Patty chose a much more focused reason in the movie.
2. THE GOD KILLER
In the comics, we learn a lot about the God Killer. It is a blade that has the power to… well… kill a god. The strength of this weapon was that it could be used by anybody. Because of this, several DC characters wielded it to deal out some serious damage to the most powerful entities in the universe. Not only did Wonder Woman use it, but so did Deathstroke.
In the movie, we learn about the God Killer Blade as well. However, it turns out that the blade was nothing more than a lie. The God Killer, instead, is Diana herself. When Zeus and Hippolyta created her, she was bestowed with the power to destroy other gods. It was a change drastically different from the comics that provided an interesting twist for fans of the character.
1. ONE TRUE WEAKNESS
Superman can’t fight against Kryptonite or magic. Wolverine can’t go against mutants who can bend metal. Wonder Woman used to have a weakness like this. When she debuted back in the day, her weakness was having her wrists tied. All a villain would have to do is get the drop on her and bind her hands to get the job done.
The reason this wasn’t carried over into the movie was because it was symbolic of tying a woman up, which doesn’t have a place in modern pop culture. Instead, Patty Jenkins decided to give Wonder Woman a more internal weakness as opposed to a physical one. We have to praise the fact that this went on to better the story she told. Tying hands is way too old school as a weakness.
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