It’s been out a while so I’m betting the lot of you have already seen Wonder Woman 1984, especially with Warner Bros. making it so easy to see it at home instead of the movie theater. I’m betting a lot more people started subscribing to HBO Max just so they can see the film in the comfort of their living room. Of course, I wonder how many of them are already thinking of unsubscribing to the service now that they’ve seen Wonder Woman. But that’s a totally different question for another post.
What I do want to do now is ask a few questions about Wonder Woman 1984. Now, I know the film can be rather “deus ex machina” a lot of the times as I’ve noted in my review of the movie. But that’s not the point of this post. There are going to be so many other geeky websites who are going to be asking and even attempting to answer the more important questions. What I would like to do is take a look at some of the more inconsequential questions that did pop into my mind while watching Warner Bros. latest superhero adventure. Five to be more precise. I actually have more but I wanted to keep this list relatively short. And since I’ll be talking about some specific moments of the film, I’m putting up the SPOILER WARNING now.
So, without further ado, here are five inconsequential questions I have about Wonder Woman 1984.
#1 Why was the super young Diana allowed to compete in the Amazonian games?
I get why Patty Jenkins and company wanted to add a scene featuring the Amazons in Themiscyra. You already had such great actresses playing them in the first Wonder Woman film. Why not bring them all back, even if it’s for this unnecessary scene? Yes, I get it’s supposed to teach a young Diana about not taking shortcuts to obtain her goals. Besides, would she have won anyway since she didn’t hit all the targets? That’s not my question, by the way.
Rather, my question is why Diana, who is super young and small, even allowed to participate in the games at all? In fact, this kind of contradicts an earlier scene in the first Wonder Woman movie as Queen Hippolyta practically forbade the very young Diana from doing any form of combat training! You only see Diana as a fully trained Amazon warrior as an adult! So, why would her overprotective mother allow her daughter, who she did not want trained in the first place, into the Amazonian games at the start of the film?
#2 What happened to the Invisible Jet?
I will hand it to Patty Jenkins as she did sprinkle a few Easter Eggs for DC fans will recognize throughout Wonder Woman 1984. We do get the gold armor from Kingdom Come (we’ll talk about that a bit later), the introduction of Simon Stagg (the “creator” of Metamorpho), a mention of the Duke of Despair (a classing Wonder Woman villain) among others. The most obvious DC reference is the Invisible Jet, which Steve Trevor and Diana steal.
Now, let’s overlook the fact it was so easy for Diana to use her Smithsonian access to steal a legitimately working jet. Let’s even not talk about how Steve Trevor, a World War I pilot who should know squat about flying a modern plane, can fly a high tech aircraft with no problem. We won’t even discuss Wonder Woman’s new power of being able to turn things invisible just by concentrating really, really hard. No, my question is what the heck happened to the Invisible Jet?
I guess it proved useful for when she and Steve had to fly to another country as well as getting back to the United States (which would actually be impossible without finding a place to refuel in the middle of the ocean because a fighter jet doesn’t have the necessary fuel capacity to fly across the ocean). But what did they do with the Invisible Jet afterwards? Did they just return it? Did Diana make it visible again? I need answers!
#3 What happened to the Dreamstone after Maxwell Lord renounced his wish?
In one of the most unique plot twists in superhero movie history, Maxwell Lord’s wish isn’t for supreme power or anything like that. Instead, he wishes to become the Dreamstone itself. While it seems like a very silly wish, it’s actually a very well thought out one. He’s fully aware of the price that people will have to pay when they’re granted a wish and he fully leverages it to get whatever he wants from the people that do make them. This essentially grants him anything he desires in a roundabout way, as long as he targets persons who have something he wants.
However at the end, Maxwell does renounce his wish at the end when he realizes his son is in danger. Never mind how he manages to go to his son’s location as he’s hundreds of miles away in some hidden bunker. Also never mind how he knows his son’s exact location so he can get to him. What my question is focuses more on what happened to the Dreamstone after Maxwell renounces his wish.
Logic would dictate that the Dreamstone would reconstitute itself as things would revert back to the way things were before the wish. Yet, at the same time, this might not be the case because, if you consider all the chaos that was caused by all the wishes. Actually, if you think about it, nothing much really reverted back to normalcy after millions of people renounced their wish! I mean, when Wonder Woman renounced his wish that Steve Trevor would come back from the dead, it’s not like the guy he possessed rematerialized back in the same place he was possessed initially.
Speaking of Steve Trevor’s resurrection…
#4 Why does Steve Trevor’s spirit have to possess a living person’s body?
This to me is one of the most confusing parts of Wonder Woman 1984 and something Patty Jenkins really dropped the ball with. So, you’re telling me the Dreamstone has the power to do all sorts of magical things like construct a hundred mile high wall instantly, kill people by wishing they “drop dead” on the spot, create farmland in the middle of Washington DC, have soldiers start following you blindly, create nuclear missile silos out of thin air and many more incredible feats. Yet it can’t bring a person back to life without the spirit possessing another person?
Okay, you can argue that Steve Trevor’s body is already decomposed beyond all heck so it can’t be reconstituted. But why not? The Dreamstone does so many other things yet it can’t create a body for Steve Trevor to inhabit? Also, isn’t Diana being incredibly selfish and unheroic because she is fully aware that Steve Trevor is controlling another person? I wouldn’t mention it if it, at the very least, be a little concerned for the guy who’s been displaced! I mean, what if he has a girlfriend who’s incredibly worried he hasn’t called her? What about his job and wouldn’t he be fired for not going to work?
She does do the right thing and renounce her wish at the end to get her powers back, freeing the poor soul who Steve Trevor imprisoned somewhere in the body. But, man! Did she take her time!
Oh, while we’re talking about Wonder Woman renouncing her wish to get her powers back…
#5 What was the point of wearing Asteria’s armor before fighting Cheetah?
The final battle in Wonder Woman is a throwdown between Wonder Woman and the fully transformed Barbara Minerva into her Cheetah persona. But instead of Wonder Woman going into the fight with her classic red, blue and yellow armor, she dons the “legendary” armor worn by Asteria when the Amazon’s fled man’s world and Asteria used all of the escaping Amazon’s armor into this weird golden bird armor. I know it’s a reference to something she wore in Kingdom Come and other issues as well. It’s just kind of disappointing she doesn’t fight in her classic look. I guess they wanted to go the Batman toys route and make different Wonder Woman figure variants?
But why did Wonder Woman even go to battle wearing the armor? By this time, she had already regained her full strength and powers because she discarded her wish. She also didn’t know Barbara Minerva became the “apex predator” creature Cheetah so she wouldn’t know that she would need extra help. Heck, she didn’t even know Cheetah would be there! And even if she did, Wonder Woman should’ve known she could beat her because she only lost to her in the White House battle because she was depowered at that time! With her full strength, she should be able to take her on, no problem!
Oh, and while I wanted this to be just a list of five inconsequential questions, I do have to ask about Asteria…
BONUS: Should I even care Asteria is still alive?
Who? Oh, I get it. It’s a cameo for Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the television series in the ’70s. *wink!*
But, really. Who? Better yet, why should I care? Asteria didn’t figure in the story except for the gold armor, which was already unnecessary. I don’t get why her reveal that she’s still alive is supposed to be a big deal in the grand scheme of things. If they wanted to give Lynda Carter a cameo, that’s fine. But the cameo has to be something that happens in the background of the actual film. Not some mid-credits scene!
Have you seen Wonder Woman 1984? What other inconsequential questions did you pick up after watching it? Let me know in the comments section below!