Wonder Woman 1984 almost had another villain instead of Maxwell Lord. Geoff Johns was the man behind the script. He talked about that major decision on the “Making Of” featurette on the home release of the film. Pedro Pascal has been a fan favorite for people watching at home. But he was not the first choice.
For fans who love the Wonder Woman mythos, they initially decided to use the Duke of Deception. But they opted for a God villain the last time, so things had to be changed. Ares had a lot of impact in that first adventure. So, it is understandable that the creative team wanted to switch it up on the second outing. Patty Jenkins was on board with the change. She crafted a tale that lined up very well with that decade. Fans looked to be okay with the path they chose. But a lot of them are also not happy. This is because they may not get to see Pascal’s scandalous businessman again sometime soon.
Geoff Johns said:
“We had toyed around early on about using the Duke of Deception, but it felt like we had already done a god in the first one with the God of War. And we didn’t want to be repetitive with another god.”
We’re glad that the Duke of Deception got a reduced role instead. Although, it’s safe to say that the film could have done a better job with its villains. Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig acted really well, but their characters were not as well explored.
Wonder Woman 1984 was a complete shift from Wonder Woman (2017) While appearing at Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast, Patty Jenkins unveiled that she faced some hesitancy when it came to the script for the first Wonder Woman movie. But she was able to convince the decision-makers to see her vision and the rest had been history for DC Comics films.
“They wanted to hire me like a beard; they wanted me to walk around on set as a woman, but it was their story and their vision. And my ideas? They didn’t even want to read my script. There was such mistrust of a different way of doing things and a different point of view. So that was definitely happening, even when I first joined Wonder Woman it was like, ‘Uhh, yeah, ok, but let’s do it this other way.’ But I was like, ‘Women don’t want to see that. Her being harsh and tough and cutting people’s heads off, that’s not what – I’m a Wonder Woman fan, that’s not what we’re looking for all. Still, I could feel that shaky nervousness [on their part] of my point of view.”
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