Post-credits scenes have become a staple for modern blockbusters, but Wonder Woman will buck this trend. While the inception of post-credits scenes happened many years ago, their presence has been reinvigorated thanks to the modern superhero genre. Iron Man can be largely responsible for this as its launched the biggest shared universe of all-time, and the ante has been recently raised by the five post-credits scenes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. With Warner Bros. actively working at building out the DC Extended Universe to compete with the MCU they've looked for a variety of ways to separate themselves.
This separation has come with a darker color palette and tone, as well as starting their universe with many of the heroes already established and confident in their powers. Wonder Woman meanwhile is going to deliver Diana Prince's altered origin story with Patty Jenkins giving a brighter look and more upbeat feel to the film. While it will understandably draw comparisons to Marvel's approach, it will not keep their post-credits tradition.
Cinema Blend spoke with producer Charles Roven at the press junket for Wonder Woman and asked him if the film would feature a post-credits scene. Roven confirmed that it will not have bonus footage for those that stick through the credits, and it is simply because they are not required to do so.
I'm not going to say we'd never do one... There was one in Suicide Squad. But I don't think that we want to feel that we're forced to do something just because we didn't in the past.
It was not until the DCEU's third film, Suicide Squad, that they included the tag after Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice both came sans stingers. While the scene in Suicide Squad was used to not only tie the film into the larger DCEU, it also helped set up Bruce's plan to set up the Justice League, the decision to not include one with Wonder Woman is not terribly shocking given DC's track record with them, but could've just as easily been included.
This is far from the last time audiences will see Wonder Woman on the big screen as she will return for Justice League, so in that regard, it is surprising they won't set up her future. But, Wonder Woman is also in a unique position where her solo film takes place during World War I, and yet audiences have already seen what is supposed to be the next time she suits up (in BvS). Unless the scene would set up her future (modern-day) adventures, including anything of meaning could feel out of place. Nevertheless, it's encouraging to see Warners and DC making filmmaking decisions based on what results in the best movie, as opposed to checking off a series of perceived requirements or expectations.
Source: Cinema Blend
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
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