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Patty Jenkins endorses a fan’s unique take on the ‘body swap’ trope in Wonder Woman 1984

While fans keep revisiting Wonder Woman 1984 through HBO Max, one fan has put together an interesting take on the ‘body swap’ trope used, and director Patty Jenkins seemingly approves.

The first Wonder Woman movie took place during World War I in the 1920s, with the sequel set in 1984, as Jenkins used a ‘body swap’ device to bring back Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor.

The use of the trope lead to many fans questioning the use of this trope, though Twitter user DustyDontShoot broke it down in a way that earned a retweet from Jenkins.

Body swap: While fans keep revisiting Wonder Woman 1984 through HBO Max, one fan has put together an interesting take on the ‘body swap’ trope used, and director Patty Jenkins seemingly approves

Wonder Woman 1984 begins by showing what a solitary life Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is living in 1984, without the love of her life, Steve Trevor.

Much to her surprise, Trevor comes back into her life after she wished it so with an artifact known as the Dreamstone, though Trevor’s essence was inhabited through the body of a random man.

Some fans took umbrage with this, claiming that, while Trevor was in this man’s body, the man hadn’t consented, though DustyDontShoot broke it down on Twitter. 

Break down: Some fans took umbrage with this, claiming that, while Trevor was in this man's body, the man hadn't consented, though DustyDontShoot broke it down on Twitter

Break down: Some fans took umbrage with this, claiming that, while Trevor was in this man’s body, the man hadn’t consented, though DustyDontShoot broke it down on Twitter

The fan linked to a Wikipedia page that featured ‘Body swap appearances in media‘ and claimed, ‘if you can’t see what Patty Jenkins was playing with in that trope, and even pointing out the problematic nature that all of these movies have to skirt around, then I think you need to re-examine a beloved, 80s fantasy movie like Big with Tom Hanks… where (as a 12 year old in an adult body) has sex with an adult female, making her a statutory rapist by default.’

He then added that Wonder Woman 1984 implies, ‘that if you revoke your wish, than  much of the impact of your wish is revoked.’

‘Hence, even the sex Diana had with the guy possessed with Steve may have actually been eradicated from the movie’s fabric of reality,’ he concluded.

Default: The fan linked to a Wikipedia page that featured ' Body swap appearances in media ' and claimed, 'if you can't see what Patty Jenkins was playing with in that trope, and even pointing out the problematic nature that all of these movies have to skirt around, then I think you need to re-examine a beloved, 80s fantasy movie like Big with Tom Hanks... where (as a 12 year old in an adult body) has sex with an adult female, making her a statutory rapist by default'

Default: The fan linked to a Wikipedia page that featured ‘ Body swap appearances in media ‘ and claimed, ‘if you can’t see what Patty Jenkins was playing with in that trope, and even pointing out the problematic nature that all of these movies have to skirt around, then I think you need to re-examine a beloved, 80s fantasy movie like Big with Tom Hanks… where (as a 12 year old in an adult body) has sex with an adult female, making her a statutory rapist by default’

Implies: 'Hence, even the sex Diana had with the guy possessed with Steve may have actually been eradicated from the movie's fabric of reality,' he concluded

Implies: ‘Hence, even the sex Diana had with the guy possessed with Steve may have actually been eradicated from the movie’s fabric of reality,’ he concluded

Jenkins seemed agree, quote retweeting his tweet chain adding, ‘Hahaha. Exactly @DustyDontShoot!!’

Essentially, @DustyDontShoot was arguing that it was hypocritical for fans to call out the film for this aspect, when Big wasn’t criticized at the time.

He also added in another tweet, ‘If any one thinks Patty was deliberately trying to turn Diana in to a “rapist” instead of acknowledging problematic nature of an odd trope used in Quantum Leap, Big, Heaven can Wait, All of Me etc, you’re trying to find reasons to resent for its own sakes.’ 

Agreed: Jenkins seemed agree, quote retweeting his tweet chain adding, 'Hahaha. Exactly @DustyDontShoot!!'

Agreed: Jenkins seemed agree, quote retweeting his tweet chain adding, ‘Hahaha. Exactly @DustyDontShoot!!’

Wonder Woman got off to a solid start at the box office, winning with $16.7 million, though it took a significant drop this weekend.

The superhero sequel dropped a whopping 67.1% in its second weekend, though it still came out on top with $5.5 million.

Warner Bros. announced in early December that Wonder Woman 1984 will  debut in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously, with the film available on HBO Max for the first month of its release. 

Box office: Wonder Woman got off to a solid start at the box office, winning with $16.7 million, though it took a significant drop this weekend

Box office: Wonder Woman got off to a solid start at the box office, winning with $16.7 million, though it took a significant drop this weekend

Theaters and streaming: Warner Bros. announced in early December that Wonder Woman 1984 will debut in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously, with the film available on HBO Max for the first month of its release

Theaters and streaming: Warner Bros. announced in early December that Wonder Woman 1984 will debut in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously, with the film available on HBO Max for the first month of its release


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