In a new interview, director Patty Jenkins talks about the Wonder Woman end credits, and how they complete the character's origin story. The film is the most straightforward origin story of the DCEU so far, taking place when Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) first crash landed on Themyscira and met the princess of the Amazons. From there, the story unfolds as Diana comes to the world of man to battle Ares, God of War, and become the superhero known as Wonder Woman.
The film ends with a look at Wonder Woman as she is in the present day DCEU, established as a hero and in contact with Batman (Ben Affleck), as he sends her a photo taken when she first arrived in our world. The credits themselves then reprise the story, from start to finish. Now, director Patty Jenkins has spoken about why she made that choice for the credits, and what it means for the DCEU as a whole.
Jenkins talked about the sequence in an interview with Art of the Title, where she reveals that she wanted to recap the film, but also to create a comic book-style sequence to complete the film.
"In our case the title sequence almost became the end of the movie in a beautiful way. You’re right at a moment when you wish you had more and it becomes more. It carries forward the story in a way. What the final moment of the film is best at is saying “Now there’s Wonder Woman, now Wonder Woman is born.
The movie is the journey all the way to Wonder Woman and it’s only at that final moment that she steps into the world and becomes our Wonder Woman. And so having that kind of comic book-style recap of the myth of Wonder Woman — you just saw the story but this is the myth of who she is — it felt like a really great way to be like “now she’s this and this is her backstory!"
It's interesting to note that these images aren't simply chosen for style, but to really show that this origin story for Wonder Woman is set in stone -- referring back to the comic style art (especially in the images of Themyscira at the beginning of the credits) is the perfect way to establish this as DCEU history for the universe going forward. It also brings the audience full circle, to re-visit some of the best moments of the film, and to act as a full wrap-up of Wonder Woman's past before we see her again in Justice League.
Source: Art of the Title
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