Deleted scenes present a very interesting situation. When they are finally released on home video, we can usually tell why they wound up on the cutting room floor — but some of them are so good that they leave us scratching our heads in frustration, trying to figure out why they were cut in the first place. Fortunately, #WonderWoman is coming to save us from that latter situation, because the #GalGadot-starring epic will not have any deleted scenes whatsoever.
Don't Expect 'Wonder Woman' To Have Deleted Scenes
Yes, you heard that right. #PattyJenkins sat down for an interview with Collider to promote the upcoming release of #WonderWoman. There, she revealed the surprising detail that the film does not have any deleted scenes. The final product includes everything that was shot for the movie. Here's what she had to say:
“It’s not like a long journey didn’t happen but what amazes me is how little has actually changed from the first cut other than tightening. Little changes to the final battle, that was really it. I think that what I ended up finding about the final battle was I was hitting emotional points for Diana that I really wanted to hit but I felt a craving for some other kinds of emotional gratification and engagement that we tried to accentuate even more. I think what you learn is rhythm, tone, humor where the jokes are happening but in our case, I just now can finally say all this. We didn’t cut one scene in this movie nor did we change the order of one scene in this movie from the script that we went in shooting with.”
Essentially, the only changes the film went through were some adjustments to the narrative. That's a tall order, especially for a superhero blockbuster, and it's a really good sign in terms of marketing, because it means Wonder Woman won't be setting false expectations like many other recent superhero movies.
Take #TheAmazingSpiderMan2, for example. Its trailers promised a lot of things, but once the movie arrived, we realized major subplots teased in them were left on the cutting room floor. In the end, it was a completely different beast. The same goes for Rogue One, even though it was a great movie in the end. But it's great to know that Wonder Woman hasn't sold us on scenes that we'll never see. That also begs the question...
Does A Lack Of Deleted Scenes Mean A Better Movie?
Short answer: Not necessarily. Anyone can shoot an exact amount of scenes and not cut a single one, but that doesn't necessarily mean a good final product. Fortunately, it did make for an incredible film in Wonder Woman's case. Twitter reactions for the film's first press screening surfaced, and people have nothing but incredible things to say about it. The current Rotten Tomatoes score is 97 percent.
Crafting a film with no extra fat to cut out sounds easy, but it's not, and it serves as a testament to the clear vision Patty Jenkins had for the movie. The director has expressed her love for the character multiple times, a love that had her pursuing a film adaptation for a long time. The fact that the movie has no alternate versions or scrapped storylines shows us the preciseness of her mindset for the story she wanted to tell.
The #DCEU has become infamous for its extended versions of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, so it's amazing to know there will be no such thing for Diana Prince's solo outing. It's very satisfying to know that what we'll be watching in the theater is entirely the director's vision.
Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2, 2017.
What do you think about Wonder Woman not having any cut footage out there? Let me know in the comments!