The undoubted superhero star of 2017, Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman took the world by storm. The film shattered the glass ceiling for female superheroes, proving all the Hollywood naysayers wrong when it grossed a phenomenal $818.9 million in the global box office. DC fans were delighted, pointing to Wonder Woman as the first major success in the DC Extended Universe.
However, Wonder Woman also surprised fans by avoiding a popular superhero trope that we’ve become used to seeing since 2008’s Iron Man. That’s right; Wonder Woman didn’t include a post-credits scene at the end. As a result, the movie feels far more of a ‘standalone’ instalment than part of a joined-up universe. In light of the imminent DVD/Blu-Ray release, director Patty Jenkins has finally revealed why that’s the case…
Patty Jenkins Has An Intriguing Reason
Speaking to the Toronto Sun, Jenkins explained that:
“I’m not always a believer in post-credit scenes. I feel like they make sense if the films are extremely similar. I think if you know the next movie is going to be set in the same world or have the exact same tone, then I think it makes sense. To me, it does not make sense to have a commercial for a completely different style of movie in the credits of another movie…. Also, the end of the movie was the end. It wasn’t, ‘Tune in later for more.'”
In other words, Jenkins went into Wonder Woman knowing full well that she was working on a movie with a very different tone and style to anything we’ve seen before in the DCEU. Where previous chapters in the #DCEU had been somber and atmospheric, Wonder Woman is joyous and optimistic. The film ends with an uplifting message of hope, as Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman triumphs in what was essentially a philosophical battle over human nature. Its upbeat approach clearly resonated with both fans and critics in a way that other chapters of the DCEU hadn’t.
Most fans view mid and post-credit scenes as essentially a trailer for the next movie. That’s why, for example, Taiki Waititi directed the mid-credits scene for Doctor Strange, setting up his own Thor: Ragnarok. But where the Marvel Cinematic Universe can take that approach, with most movies embracing a fairly similar style, the DCEU seems willing to be a bit more experimental. That means post-credit scenes linking the movies together won’t always work.