The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, check out some WandaVision Easter eggs and comic references from the first two episodes that you might have missed. Plus, listen to Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins break down the shopping mall fight scene. And finally, go behind the magic of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the theme park expansion at Disneyland and Disney World theme parks. Read More »
Director Zack Snyder is busy getting his four-hour miniseries cut of Justice League ready for a release on HBO Max. There are plenty of fans excited about this prospect, and some of them are so hyped that they’re hoping this will let Zack Snyder follow through on his ultimate vision for the DC Extended Universe. But as many Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO Max executives have indicated, this is very much a one-and-done deal, and Zack Snyder himself has now acknowledged that there are no plans for him to tackle any new DC Comics movies as of now.
Meanwhile, Zack Snyder’s influence on the future of DC Comics in cinema will still be felt since he’s responsible for casting Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. However, a photo that was initially used during the production of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has revealed that the character’s history on the big screen was almost drastically different.
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Patty Jenkins may not be the most critically acclaimed director in Hollywood right now considering the mixed reaction to Wonder Woman 1984, but she worked hard to get here. And the reception to the Wonder Woman sequel aside, Jenkins couldn’t be more on top of the world: Wonder Woman 3 has been greenlit, the filmmaker is set to direct a Star Wars movie, and she’s essentially got a blank check for her next projects. And it’s all thanks to the critical and commercial success of 2017’s Wonder Woman, which Jenkins revealed she had to fight long and hard – for nearly 13 years – to direct.
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It’s no secret that Patty Jenkins parted ways with Marvel Studios after a brief but conflicting time on Thor 2. Jenkins was originally set to direct the Marvel sequel before she stepped away over creative differences (which would consequently earn Marvel the ire of star Natalie Portman, before Taika Waititi won her back). That left directing duties to Alan Taylor, who would turn out one of the least-liked movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And Jenkins said, in a recent interview, that she saw the writing in the cards for what would become Thor: The Dark World, which led to her exiting the project.
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When word broke that Warner Bros. was moving ahead with Patty Jenkins directing Wonder Woman 3, there was much talk about it being the end of a trilogy. But not so fast! Jenkins herself says she has at least two different stories in mind. One is obviously Wonder Woman 3, but what about beyond that? It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that Jenkins has a plan for Wonder Woman 4 as well, but in the past, it’s been reported that Jenkins and Warner Bros. were developing a spin-off film about the Amazons of Themyscira. No matter what happens, it seems clear that Wonder Woman 3 won’t be the end of Wonder Woman’s journey.
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Wonder Woman 1984 opens with two different action sequences that serve two very different purposes. The first is a flashback sequence showing a young Diana (Lilly Aspell) competing in an Olympic-style competitive event on Themyscira, and the second brings us into Washington D.C. in 1984 with a vibrant, cartoonish sort of jewelry heist that adult Diana (Gal Gadot) stops in a shopping mall. However, one of them almost didn’t make the cut because Warner Bros. Pictures wanted director Patty Jenkins to trim the two and a half-hour runtime by getting rid of one of them. Read More »
Wonder Woman 1984 is now available on HBO Max, and the film has reportedly broken records for the streaming service since its release on Christmas Day. Whether you liked the movie or not, it certainly took some big swings, and I suspect we’ll be debating about how many of those swings actually connected for some time – especially since we’re all starved for big-budget blockbusters in this pandemic era. But as that debate rages on, let’s take a second to look at one of the movie’s small touches that you might have missed.
Did you spot the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Wonder Woman 1984 Easter egg that provides a small narrative link back to the first movie? Find out what it is below.
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After debuting Wonder Woman 1984 simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max, Warner Bros. Pictures has quickly given the greenlight to Wonder Woman 3 with Gal Gadot returning as the DC Comics superhero and Patty Jenkins returning to direct the sequel. Read More »
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Wonder Woman 1984 is nearly upon us. The movie will be the first blockbuster to arrive as part of the new Warner Bros. release strategy that sends movies to theaters and HBO Max on the same day. But whether you’re able to enjoy the movie in theaters or watch it from the comfort of your own home, you still have to wait until Christmas Day.
Thankfully, two action-packed Wonder Woman 1984 clips have been released online, showing Gal Gadot dealing with some bad guys in the shopping mall and confronting Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) in the White House. Read More »
Patty Jenkins‘ 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman is a terrific film that suffers from a climactic battle that sticks out like a sore thumb. While the rest of the movie’s fight scenes felt tactile and personal, the final battle devolved into a CGI-heavy slog which left a bad taste in some viewers’ mouths. Turns out that wasn’t the original plan: Jenkins says the studio forced her to change the ending at the last minute, and says her original ending was on a smaller scale. Read More »