'Wonder Woman': The One Scene That Was Reshot

In an industry where endings are rewritten, requiring weeks of reshoots, and entire third acts are scuttled in postproduction in favor of one that makes sense, the Patty Jenkins-helmed tentpole only got one minor tweak.
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'Wonder Woman'

As Wonder Woman debuted to a historic $223 million worldwide, including $100.5 million domestically for the top spot, it's worth noting that only one scene was reshot by director Patty Jenkins.

For all of the reports of extensive reshoots on studio tentpoles, Jenkins added just one new scene after she wrapped production in November 2015. As originally shot, the Warner Bros. film’s titular heroine Gal Gadot is walking with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) toward the World War I frontlines, readying herself for her destined showdown with Ares, the Greek god of war. But months later, when Jenkins watched the finished cut in London, she realized there was something missing.

“I wanted to ramp that tension as much as possible, and unfortunately, we didn’t have it,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in a cover story interview. “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.”

In an industry where endings are rewritten, requiring weeks of reshoots (think Rogue One), and entire third acts are scuttled in postproduction in favor of one that makes sense (like World War Z), this counts as a pretty minor tweak. Allan Heinberg wrote the screenplay.

“We replaced that one scene with a reshot scene, and we didn’t change the order of a single scene,” Jenkins said. “So what you saw is exactly the movie that we were always making.”

Wonder Woman's debut marked the biggest opening ever for a female director. The film cost just under $150 million to make.

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