and not just because Gal Gadot is six feet tall!
Patty Jenkins had to fight hard for the one scene that is the heart and turning point of the movie.
Diana bends down beside a sobbing mother with her starving child in a trench in No Man's Land
and is begged to help the woman's starving village
which is kept from Allied Help by a stretch of 200 yards guarded by a long line of German machine guns.
Seeking hope in a hopeless situation,
Diana stops dead in her tracks, ditches her disguise, and climbs onto the battlefield to meet the Germans head on ...
despite protests from Steve Trevor that she must not divert from their main mission.
The machine guns and cannons open up on her.
Diana takes the fire and presses forward with grit and determination,
but her action inspires action among those around her.
Steve joins the fight,
followed but the rest of the squad -- and then the American soldiers join in as well.
Diana leads the way, gritting her teeth and powering through the pain with every step.
What follows is a phenomenal action sequence that moves from the trenches to the town,
and culminates in Diana killing a German sniper by destroying a church bell-tower just by hurling herself into it like an Amazonian missile.
In a film packed to the brim with applause-worthy moments,
the climax of this battle invariably induces the loudest cheers among audiences.
Diana is a warrior whose compassion for those who cannot fight for themselves
inspires others around her to be better than they believe they can be.
Of course the Suits at WB wanted to cut the scene.
Patty fought for it and the movie kept its heart.
But in true WB fashion,
the studio did not sign Patty for the sequel or even make the financially sensible move to give her an option to do one ....
If the movie had bombed, the studio could have cheaply bought the option from Patty.
Never offend the Suits.
Have you seen WONDER WOMAN yet?
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