Wonder Woman is summer 2017’s biggest hit, making its upcoming home-video premiere one of the year’s most sought-after releases. Unsurprisingly, it’s going to tempt fans with numerous special features, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, bloopers, and a series of extended sequences that will further expand the film’s superpowered action.
Most exciting of all, however, is a brand-new sequence, dubbed “Epilogue: Etta’s Mission,” that hints at a future top-secret assignment for Lucy Davis’s Etta Candy and Steve Trevor’s stout military crew — Saïd Taghmaoui’s Sameer, Ewen Bremner’s Charlie, and Eugene Brave Rock’s Chief Napi. Revolving around a mysterious artifact that must be recovered before it falls into the hands of villainous forces, it’s a brief, tantalizing coda that suggests further exploits for the heroes of director Patty Jenkins’s film — and you can now watch it above, via Yahoo Movies‘ exclusive debut.
When we spoke with Jenkins and Davis about the epilogue, the director revealed that it was a late addition to the project, and one that everyone was extremely excited about because it gave Davis’s beloved Etta more screen time.
“It was conceived after we wrapped,” Jenkins explained. “There were no cut scenes in the movie, basically, which I’m very happy about, because you can’t always do that. I’m very hard on the script before we go in, and you’re always hoping for that — that you’re not wasting your precious days. We got lucky on this one, that that was the case. And every single one of us wished that Etta was in every scene, as well as the team. We were like, ‘Can we just put them in everything?’ They were just so great!
“So [the epilogue] was kind of a shared delight,” Jenkins said. “We started to have these incredible materials that started to come together on the documentary side, but we also loved the idea of having another scene and some other things, and bringing back some of our favorite characters and getting to mess around with them some more. So it just came very naturally … the idea of getting to see her and the team making the plan for the future was pretty exciting.”
Davis told us it felt right to have Etta rejoining Steve’s mates, since “it let you feel that things were still going on. Because it was obviously really sad, I thought, that Steve was no longer there. But it felt like he’d gotten a group of people together who wouldn’t have been together if it weren’t for him. So I really enjoyed that aspect of it.” Moreover, she conceded that she’d be OK if the epilogue wound up leading to more action in Etta’s future (“I’ll be fisticuffing my way through Europe!”), to which Jenkins enthusiastically concurred (“Yeah, several people said that she should lead the mission, so…”).
Neither, however, was ready to divulge any details about plans for a sequel (which Jenkins is reportedly on the verge of signing a historic deal to direct), in part because they still feel like their experience with the current film is ongoing. As Davis recounted, just a day earlier, a woman had informed her that Wonder Woman has inspired a change in the way people say “Wonder Woman” in sign language — now, it’s a crossed-wrist gesture, akin to the move performed by Gal Gadot in the movie. “I was like, that was really cool,” she gushes.
Jenkins, meanwhile, finds herself continuing to grapple with the amazing impact the movie has had on others. “Suddenly, I’m really wrapping my head around — this is forever. This is forever that this relationship now exists and goes forward into the future. And I’m not saying this movie is forever; I’m saying this character is forever, and I signed on to be a lucky participant on the ride. So it’s different than I would feel about most movies. I feel like I’ve joined a club.”
As for any Easter eggs (like the film’s Superman nods) that fans might discover while rewatching Wonder Woman at home? Jenkins says they exist, but she isn’t divulging them for now. “I feel like there are plenty that everybody has not seen,” she states. “But I feel like I’ve heard reflections about most of them. I think there are lots of little homages to movies that influenced me, and lots of little details here and there. I think it’ll be fun for everybody to find their own.”
Wonder Woman bows Tuesday on digital HD and arrives Sept. 19 on Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, and Blu-ray Combo Pack.
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