Everybody loves Candy! ‘Wonder Woman’ broke away from the dreariness of Warner Brothers’ earlier DC Comics movie, with a movie that was more optimistic and human… and fun! While Wonder Woman and Steve were determined to stop General Ludendorff and Doctor Poison, their romantic banter helped keep things lighter than we’re used to seeing in one of these films. And adding a very welcome comedic element was Lucy Davis as Steve’s secretary Etta Candy. Davis’ character provided some of the most memorable lines in the movie. Unfortunately, Etta’s role was fairly small, as she remained behind in London to coordinate Steve and his allies’ mission.
Luckily, the home video release of ‘Wonder Woman’ ups the quota on Etta, giving us a second helping of sweets. In ‘Epilogue: Etta’s Mission’, she gets the gang back together– Chief (Eugene Brave Rock), Sameer (Saïd Taghmaoui) and Charlie (Ewen Bremner)– to track down a powerful, ancient artifact. In anticipation, WB has released a brief clip from the beginning of this short.
Director Patty Jenkins explains:
“It was conceived after we wrapped. There were no cut scenes in the movie, basically, which I’m very happy about, because you can’t always do that. I’m very hard on the script before we go in, and you’re always hoping for that — that you’re not wasting your precious days. We got lucky on this one, that that was the case. And every single one of us wished that Etta was in every scene, as well as the team. We were like, ‘Can we just put them in everything?’ They were just so great!
“So [the epilogue] was kind of a shared delight. We started to have these incredible materials that started to come together on the documentary side, but we also loved the idea of having another scene and some other things, and bringing back some of our favorite characters and getting to mess around with them some more. So it just came very naturally … the idea of getting to see her and the team making the plan for the future was pretty exciting.”
To get the full epilogue, make sure to grab the Blu-Ray when it arrives on September 19. But here’s just a short sample to whet your appetite:
Davis also commented on the epilogue:
“It let you feel that things were still going on. Because it was obviously really sad, I thought, that Steve was no longer there. But it felt like he’d gotten a group of people together who wouldn’t have been together if it weren’t for him. So I really enjoyed that aspect of it.”
Davis also enthusiastically reacted to a suggestion that, perhaps like Marvel’s Agent Peggy Carter, Etta could carry on with additional period adventures. “I’ll be fisticuffing my way through Europe!”
In addition to the epilogue, the Blu-ray features several behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel. In addition, various retailers will offer special editions with sundry extras (like the Walmart exclusive shown, which comes with a replica tiara).
If you can’t wait– or don’t need a physical copy– ‘Wonder Woman’ is available on digital now. The DVD and Blu-Ray will be released on September 19.