Director Patty Jenkins has revealed the one scene from Wonder Woman that was reshot. The news comes just a few days after Wonder Woman hit theaters, which gave the beloved and iconic comic book character the live-action feature film that many fans have been waiting decades for Warner Bros. and DC to make. Starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, the film takes place almost a full century before the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as Diana ventures into the world of man for the first time, determined to end World War I by killing the villainous God of War, Ares.
Accompanying Diana on her journey is a ragtag group of patriotic misfits – led by Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor – each contributing to the ongoing war effort in their own unique way. But while Diana may not be fond of the moral ambiguity of some of her allies, they each eventually teach her what it means to be human, as she is introduced to the horrors and atrocities of war for the first time. All of this eventually leads up to and culminates in the now iconic No Man’s Land sequence in the film.
And according to Patty Jenkins, the only section of the film that needed to be reshot was actually the build up to that very moment. While speaking with THR about the film, Jenkins revealed that the only scenes in Wonder Woman that were reshot were some of the moments during Diana and Steve’s journey to the frontlines of the war:
“I wanted to ramp that tension as much as possible, and unfortunately, we didn’t have it. That scene was just a slightly tense scene of them walking. I was like ‘I need her to see some brutality.’ So, we added her seeing the horses being whipped. It was actually something that had been in the script originally. We replaced that one scene with a reshot scene, and we didn’t change the order of a single scene. So what you saw is exactly the movie that we were always making.”
It’s interesting that some of the moments during this section of the film, weren’t originally in there, since they are without a doubt, some of the darkest and shocking moments that the comic book genre has really seen up until this point. These included (as Jenkins mentions above) seeing a horse being whipped out of a mud pit, injured men pleading for help on the battlefield, and orphans who had lost track of their parents in the chaos of the battle. It’s a string of horrors that Diana witnesses throughout her trip to the front, which eventually leads to her deciding to join the fight once and for all, by saving an entire town of enslaved civilians from occupying German forces.
But while it’s surprising to learn that these moments were reshot, it’s even more shocking that they were the only scenes in the movie to be completely redone after principal photography – especially considering just how common it is now for most blockbuster films to go back and reshoot large portions, often to highly-publicized scrutiny, like with Suicide Squad and Rogue One‘s reshoots last year. It’s not hard then to see why Jenkins and company have been so open and proud about how little of the film was cut or reshot, with the film having absolutely no deleted scenes. But it’s clear that Jenkins knew from the very beginning which movie she wanted to make, and judging by Wonder Woman‘s record-breaking opening weekend and overwhelmingly positive critical reviews, it’s safe to say that it’s one most fans and critics wanted to see too.