So you’ve seen the reviews (including ours) and the interviews, but you want more?! Well, we’ve got it for you. Confused or disappointed in the end scenes? Maybe it wasn’t quite what you thought it was. Looking for all of the little details you might have missed and Easter eggs? Don’t worry…we found them for you!
That said, I know a lot of people were disappointed because of the ending twist. I would like to offer a different perspective that might explain why it was done in the manner it was. You may not have expected the ending you got, but it was done for a reason.
Oh…and this is your spoiler warning. Cause there are lots of them below. Besides…what else would you expect from an “ending explained” post!
Wonder Woman Ending
The movie introduces Ares as the main antagonist. He’s envious of mankind, the creation of his father, Zeus, and wants to corrupt them to prove a point. Diana sets off bent on finding a literal Ares. Two more human villains pop up; Dr. Maru (aka Dr. Poison) and General Ludendorff. Maru develops a “strength gas” for Ludendorff to take which makes him superhuman. This distraction was for the audience, setting him up to seem like he would become this larger than life villain.
Meanwhile, someone else was pulling all the strings, and we were looking for a twist. This shows when Diana kills Ludendorff and nothing changes. During her battle speech he has no idea who she is. Major red flag that he was never Ares. Instead, it was Sir Patrick. While it may have seemed anticlimactic, there was a reason. Ares wasn’t meant to come to a battle with Wonder Woman if he didn’t have to. Sir Patrick was keeping low key on purpose.
Multiple viewings revealed all the foreshadowing. While he was talking in the meeting, he clearly struggles getting through the phrases about peace and the armistice. When he funds Steve Trevor’s mission it becomes clear that he had ulterior motives to lead Wonder Woman to the front-line. He had Etta running the mission from his office so he was on the inside the whole time.
When he finally reveals himself, he flat out says that he’s not her enemy; humans are weak and capable of horrors which he wanted to show her. With her power they could restore the world back to how it was before humans. While it’s misguided, he was under the impression he could persuade her instead of fighting her. That’s why it might not seem as “fulfilling” of a twist. Ares wasn’t trying to trick her. He was trying to set her up to see what he did in a very hands-off way…to recruit her.
The God Killer
Hippolyta never actually confirms or denies that the sword is the God Killer in the movie. If you watch the movie again pay specific attention to this. She’s not really lying….but she certainly isn’t telling the truth. When she takes young Diana to see all of the gifts from the gods, Diana is the one who calls it the God Killer and Hippolyta just explains who could wield it. Clever girl.
Further setup, which should have been obvious, was that when Antiope sacrificed herself she had very specific last words. “God killer, Diana.” “Go where?” Diana might have been confused, but this should have been a major clue for the audience to what the real God Killer was.
Obviously the final reveal comes from Ares who says Diana is the God Killer. This changes the origin story a bit for both viewers and fans. Hippolyta crafted Wonder Woman from clay in the first origin story told as a child. In recent renditions, she is the child of Zeus and Queen Hippolyta. The movie does a great job of blending the old and the new with Ares revealing she is the daughter (Hi, sister!) of Zeus without losing the original genesis.
The dress Diana wore to the gala seemed to peak some critique for two reasons. One, it didn’t seem realistic that she could put her sword down her back without slicing up her bum. That has since been debunked through viral posts of woman trying it out. Second, the dress doesn’t seem to fit the time era. This is not an oversight by the costume department. Diana made some quick modifications before donning the dress and entering the gala.
When we see her dress from the back, the fabric is actually wrapping around and under the sword to cradle it. I would argue that the dress didn’t originally just have a nice, cozy spot for a sword to chill, so Diana made some last-minute alterations. Not to mention, it clearly has some ancient Greek looks all around. Since she wasn’t quite accustomed to traditional wardrobe of that era still she might not realize just how out of place the dress might have looked.
The Chief talks about how he’s in this because of the fact that the last war took everything away from him and his family. When Diana questions him about who did that, Chief points the finger at “Steve Trevor’s people,” which is subtly referencing the Revolutionary War and Americans taking over lands of the Native Americans.
When Steve Trevor puts glasses on Diana Etta Candy laughs that “suddenly Diana isn’t the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen.” It’s satirical towards the movie cliche that someone hiding behind glasses is less attractive. That, and it is particularly comical towards Superman. Cause, c’mon people! All of the sudden Clark puts on glasses and you can’t tell that he’s Superman?
There’s a heartbreaking foreshadowing when Steve and Diana are dancing. She asks if this is what people do when there isn’t war. He responds to Diana; humans do things like breakfast, read the paper, go to work, get married, maybe have some babies, and grow old. She asked what that’s like, and he responded that he didn’t know. AND HE’LL NEVER KNOW NOW THAT HE’S GONE! CRYING!
The license plate on the armored Wayne Enterprises vehicle at the beginning of the film reads “JL 828 VZM“. I get the feeling this is some kind of throw to the Justice League movie that’s next in the franchise. However, the rest of the plate is still up for interpretation. Should we be expecting some kind of goodies or sneak peeks August 28th? Could it have something to do with Superman Issue 82, Volume 2 where he comes back to life?!
Superman: The Movie inspired two major scenes. A nearly identical scene with Clark Kent directly influenced Diana’s struggle with the revolving door. Also, Diana saves Steve Trevor in the alley at Dunn’s Yard which is replicated from Superman.
Diana’s ice cream scene where she expresses how proud the merchant should be is directly taken from Wonder Woman in The New 52 comics.
Etta also mentions that Diana is trying on outfit #226. This might be a reference to the last issue of Greg Rucka’s Wonder Woman. The entire scene was another great, satirical look at women’s rights and that they were expected to follow certain social and fashion norms. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman is…wondering…why none of these outfits are battle ready. But, she’s gotta fit in somehow, right?
Steve Trevor called Themyscira “Paradise Island” at one point. This nickname is a throw to the comics before the island was given its title.
The God Killer was in the comics as a sword. It was able to deflect an attacker’s power back at them. This is awfully similar to how Diana turned Ares’s lightning power right back on him.
Also, General Ludendorff was a real person in World War I.
When it came to the battle scenes, it sure seemed like Diana picked up on how to deflect bullets pretty fast. It wasn’t so long ago that German gunfire took out her fellow Amazons. Now all of the sudden Wondy knows how to defend against them? I’m sure she’s a fast learner, but there’s still a huge gap between what she knows and what she’s still learning about in the world of mankind.
Lastly, the conflict between the literal and the metaphorical was a little wonky, but I think it served a specific purpose. When Diana kills Ludendorff and nothing changes, she starts to question things. She was looking for a literal Ares, and when Steve Trevor finds her he says it might not be that easy. He wishes he could tell her it was just one bad guy. However, “maybe people aren’t always good….Ares or no Ares.” This starts to set up the possibility that the movie is going a metaphorical route that the power of Ares is a general corruption of humans, not a literal figure. Just when Diana starts to cope with this possibility, a literal Ares shows up.
Now, this still satisfied two goals of the movie, but it seemed like the routes may have conflicted. We got the big fight scene the audience was looking for, while also getting the reasoning behind why Diana looks at humanity differently now. This helps to pull the movie full circle so I can’t entirely blame them. However, it did make things a bit confusing if they were going to be taken literally or not to which they replied, “BOTH!”
Answers We Still Seek
Did Diana ever question why she was the only child on the island? Also, we aren’t exactly clued in to how long ago they came to Themyscira or how the Amazons age. It appears as though Diana is about 7 (???) so in human time we would think this event happened right before her birth, but we have no idea how their time works. Take for instance the confusion on the concept of time with Steve Trevor’s watch.
How is the barrier to Themyscira broken? We know that Zeus protected it with the last of his powers, but what could cause a mere mortal to break through? Is it because the war with Ares is impending?
Why doesn’t Dr. Maru drink alcohol? She turns Steve Trevor’s offer down at the gala. I’d be interested if this has any root in her backstory or what we….may…see…of Dr. Maru in the future.
So what is Wonder Woman doing at the end of the movie? Shown flying off towards a river boat, I wonder if this is a setup for another Wonder Woman movie or something we will see in the Justice League movie.
Can Diana ever return to Themyscira or was Hippolyta right?
Steve Trevor’s spy serial number that he dishes out under the power of the lasso of truth is “8141921“. Does this have some kind of reference or meaning to a comic issue? (Must…do…more…research!)
What does the symbol on Dr. Maru’s book mean?
Dunn’s Yard was the name of the alley way. Could this mean anything? Could it maybe be a throw to David Dunn, a superhero from Unbreakable (which is getting a sequel soon)? Would DC make that reference?
So do you have any answers to these questions? Did you find something that we missed? What are your thoughts on the ending? Let us know at Pure Fandom!
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