Wonder Woman 1984: Wings of Asteria

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Original Release Date:
2020
Original Running Time:
151
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Fanedit Running Time:
139
Time Cut:
12
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Brief Synopsis:
"Wonder Woman 1984: Wings of Asteria" is a fan edit intended to be a more grounded alternative to the theatrical cut. It re-scopes the conflict to focus on events with the greatest impacts to the main characters while reducing plot holes and awkward moments.
Intention:
The first time I watched "Wonder Woman 1984," I immediately thought it would be the perfect candidate to receive a fan edit. I found a lot to enjoy, but I hated the nonsensical approach to Steve's appearance, the excessive escalation of the conflict, and the film's general disrespect for the audience's suspension of disbelief. I hated these things enough to learn video editing. This is the result.
Additional Notes:
Originally released in May 2021 and updated in January 2023.
Other Sources:
• White House Down (2013)
• Wonder Woman (2017)
Special Thanks:
• Artisdead and TM2YC for assistance navigating first-time submission procedures
• Wakeupkeo for academy review and technical support
• tremault for narrative feedback
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
• Diana no longer drops the thieves after the mall heist

• Instead of being "resurrected" into someone else's body, Steve's simply himself. Subsequent references to the other character have been removed for continuity, with one exception: He appears briefly at the end, but he’s just a random stranger.

• The sequence in which Diana and Steve fly to Egypt has been edited to imply they’re authorized to use the plane. As a result, it’s unnecessary for the plane to be invisible.

• Removed the subplot of the Egyptian wall. ("The King of Crude" still divides Egypt, but politically instead of literally.)

• Removed scenes and dialogue suggesting everyone must renounce their wish in order to restore the status quo. Max renouncing the power of the Dreamstone is presumed to negate the wishes he granted with it.

• While nuclear proliferation’s still a theme, it's less central to the plot and doesn't escalate to war

• Steve no longer grabs the decorative sword from the wall of the White House

• Removed the flashback to Max opening Black Gold Cooperative

• Flashbacks to Max’s childhood have been juxtaposed with flashbacks to instances in which Max neglected Alister. He understands he abandoned Alister to the dangerous and volatile world he created, and the resulting guilt and fear for Alister’s safety — vs. the imminent nuclear strike of the theatrical cut — cause Max to panic and renounce his wish.

• Removed awkward dialogue at the end

User reviews

1 review
Overall rating
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(1)
Visual Editing
 
9.0(1)
Audio Editing
 
10.0(1)
Narrative
 
9.0(1)
Enjoyment
 
10.0(1)
Overall rating
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
I was fortunate enough to be able to give some feedback from the first draft and the most important parts were addressed. The removal of the body snatcher plot is a much needed boost for this movie. The difficulty of editing Diana's first encounter with Steve is certainly a big challenge and the editor dealt with it quite well. Unfortunately though, it is still very noticeable, but as long as we can let that go, it's not a deal breaker. The majority of the other edits are generally unnoticeable and the film flows well. I'm especially pleased that the editor has retained the bit where Diana learns to fly, a very emotional moment. The ending does suffer for me a little bit. I understand that the editor wanted to take out too much emphasis on things like 'the wall', but the resolution to all these events feels a little abrupt. I would have liked to see what happened with the people in the cafe for example, just a little bit more.
Aside from any slight issues I may have, this edit is certainly my go to version of the film and I do love it very much.
The dedication of the editor should also be applauded as they lost their project files and had to rebuild the entire thing from scratch. Kudos!

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