DC Films’ Wonder Woman was the breakout hit of the summer, becoming one of the most beloved superhero movies in recent memory. Following this success, Patty Jenkins signed on to direct and co-write a sequel, which was announced for a December 2019 release. (With Star Wars Episode IX now scheduled for that date, expect Wonder Woman 2 to move.)
One thing that set Wonder Woman apart from its recent counterparts was the lack of a post-credits scene. The majority of modern superhero films include an extra scene in the middle or after the credits, usually to tease the next movie in the franchise. However, with the exceptions of Suicide Squad and maybe Justice League, the DC Extended Universe has avoided that trend.
In an interview with Toronto Sun, Jenkins explains exactly why she didn’t add a post-credits scene to Wonder Woman. Basically, in terms of style and tone, it wouldn’t have made sense. “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. One of my favorite things about the DC Universe is they were super supportive of me doing my own tone, but there’s no other movie that they have that’s of the same tone. So it just felt weird to do some other crossover. Also, the end of the movie was the end. It wasn’t, ‘Tune in later for more.'”
That reasoning makes sense. And honestly, Wonder Woman felt like a complete movie without the need for the extra scene. It was an old-fashioned superhero story that wasn’t too concerned about expanding a whole cinematic universe. And, in the end, that worked really well in its favor.
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