Wonder Woman is a giant snowball of success that keeps on rolling. Just one month after the movie smashed all sorts of records and surpassed critical expectations, DC announced a second chapter in Diana's story for December 2019. Fortunately, the Amazonian warrior will be making her presence felt throughout the DC Extended Universe in the two years leading up to her sequel.
Diana is getting together with Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg for #JusticeLeague later this year. And just in case that wasn't enough awesomeness, we're also getting a short film dedicated to one of Wonder Woman's most popular characters:
Step Aside, Wonder Woman, Etta Candy Is Coming
#WarnerBros announced the official release date for Wonder Woman on Digital HD, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. Along with that, the studio also offered an in-depth look at the bonus features that will come with it.
Most of the material is what we've come to expect from home releases, such as behind-the-scenes insight and cool featurettes. But there's one surprise we weren't expecting: A short starring #EttaCandy, Steve Trevor's loyal secretary. Yes, this is happening and I couldn't be more excited. Titled Etta's Mission, the short's synopsis offered in the description reads:
"Etta Candy gets the boys back together for a secret mission that could impact humanity’s future."
Ok, you've got my interest. The synopsis hints that we'll see Lucy Davis' Etta getting back together with Diana's quirky military entourage –– Charlie, Chief Napi and Sameer –– alas, likely minus Steve (too soon, too soon). I'm fascinated by the fact that their mission will seemingly have worldwide ramifications. While there aren't that many more details for us to speculate over regarding the plot, I can't wait to see Etta saving the world. When Justice League comes around, I want to be able to look at the heroes doing their thing on screen and think to myself, You guys wouldn't be here if it weren't for Etta and her crew.
It may sound strange for some fans that, out of all the characters in the #DCEU pantheon, Etta is the one getting her own solo adventure. But it makes sense. Audience's reception for her has been extremely positive so far, and multiple people have taken to social media to share their love for the character:
Such a reception is understandable, because let's face it, she was awesome. Etta may have been Wonder Woman's comic relief, but she wasn't an outright caricature. She felt like a real person who just happened to be funny and upbeat and didn't feel out of place in the film, despite the story's heavy theme of war.
Will This Mark The Beginning Of A DCEU One-Shot Tradition?
When the Marvel Cinematic Universe was still in its relative infancy, #Marvel's home-video releases became known for their One-Shots –– short films that tied up loose ends from the movies or showcased short adventures with supporting characters from the movies. Fans responded quite well to them, so well, in fact, that two of them ('The Consultant' and 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer') helped cement Clark Gregg as a fan favorite and launch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; shortly thereafter the One-Shot 'Agent Carter' launched the series of the same name. Sadly, Marvel stopped making them.
Warner Bros. has never included shorts with any of its previous home video releases, so I'm curious to see whether this becomes a new practice for the company. It would undoubtedly be a treat for comic book fans to get more material out of the films, and that kind of model has potential to expand the DCEU. The best thing about these films is that they don't have to be large-scale stories. As Agent Phil Coulson showed us in his various adventures, only a few minutes are necessary to build up a franchise's mythology.
Could you imagine how awesome it would be to get a short film focused on characters like Amanda Waller, Lois Lane or completely new players? The possibilities are certainly exciting.
Hopefully Etta's Mission is just as enjoyable as its titular character and it manages to strike a chord with fans. Wonder Woman will be released on Digital HD on August 29, and on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on September 19, 2017.
How do you feel about Warner Bros. making an Etta Candy short? Which other characters would you like to see get this treatment? Let me know in the comments!