Over the weekend we got our first look at Wonder Woman 1984, and if you were a fan of the first Wonder Woman film, there's a lot to like about the one that's on the way. The first Wonder Woman was the first movie in DC's recent slate that won over both fans and critics and set Warner Bros. on the path of success the studio is currently seeing. A lot of people are certainly looking forward to this one.
With so much potentially riding on the new Wonder Woman one might expect Patty Jenkins to be stressing out over the film, but it turns out that's not really the case. The reason she's not worried is that the movie is actually already finished. According to Jenkins...
We’re done. The movie is done. Because it doesn’t come out for a few months, for the first time in my career, which is so great, I was able to say, ‘Hey guys, can you let me fiddle with this? Can you let me fiddle with that?’ So I’m fiddling but the movie is technically done.
Wonder Woman 1984 was originally scheduled to release this month, this week in fact, before it was eventually pushed back to June 2020. However, the wheels of production were already in motion by the time the delay was announced, so the movie largely went forward with a schedule that would have had it ready to release in 2019.
Patty Jenkins tells Collider, that while the movie is "technically done" she's not just ignoring it. Because she has so much time, she's apparently trying to fine tune some aspects of the production. She doesn't go into exactly how, but it sounds like she's playing with the edit, trying different versions of some shots to see if something could be done better.
I’m sitting in an editing room right now playing and seeing if I can pitch back something that I like better. That’s incredible. I’ve never gotten to do that in my life. And if we don’t change anything, we don’t change anything. But if we find something we like then we’ll do that. You know? It’s pretty incredible. Yeah, we’re psyched.
Certainly, production schedules are usually done in such a way that there isn't a lot of "extra" time to do anything. You put together a finished product more or less just in time for it to be released. That's not the case here and Patty Jenkins is clearly enjoying this fact. She has the time to try new things without the stress of worrying about the movie as a whole.
While Wonder Woman 1984 might go through some more changes, it sounds like the version that exists today is something Patty Jenkins is happy with. It could be released tomorrow if it needed to be. Which, of course, makes the fact that it won't be released tomorrow all the more frustrating. We still have to wait until June.