Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) – Transcript

Rewind to the 1980s as Wonder Woman's next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.
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Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

As a young girl, Diana Prince participates in a multi-stage athletic competition on Themyscira against older Amazons. After falling from her horse and taking a shortcut, she is disqualified. Diana’s mother, Queen Hippolyta, and her aunt Antiope lecture her on the importance of truth.

In 1984, decades after the events of World War I, Diana works as a senior anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., specializing in the culture of ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Diana continues to fight crime as Wonder Woman, albeit while maintaining some anonymity. Diana meets a new co-worker, Barbara Ann Minerva, an insecure woman who idolizes and envies Diana for her beauty and confidence and tries to befriend her. After Wonder Woman foils an attempted robbery, the FBI asks Barbara to identify a cache of stolen antiquities, including the Dreamstone.

Aspiring businessman Maxwell Lord visits the Smithsonian in search of a mysterious Dreamstone which seemingly grants wishes upon contact with any user. Both Diana and Barbara unknowingly use the stone to fulfill their own desires. Diana wishes for her deceased lover, Steve Trevor, to return, causing his soul to take over another man’s body. Barbara wishes to become strong and beautiful like Diana. During a gala night at the Smithsonian, Maxwell manipulates Barbara to acquire the stone. He wishes to become the embodiment of the stone and gains its power to grant wishes, while also able to take whatever he desires in return.

Maxwell becomes a powerful and influential figure, while leaving chaos and destruction in his wake. Barbara, Diana and Steve try to investigate the Dreamstone’s power further and discover that it was created by Dolos – the god of treachery and mischief. The stone grants a user their wish but exacts a toll. The only way to reverse the exchange is by renouncing the wish or destroying the stone itself. Steve realizes that his existence comes at the cost of Diana’s power. Both Diana and Barbara are unwilling to renounce their wishes, so they try to find alternative solutions.

Maxwell, upon learning from the U.S. President of a satellite broadcast system that can transmit signals globally, decides to use it to grant wishes to the entire world. Barbara joins forces with Maxwell to prevent Diana from harming him. Steve convinces Diana to let go of him and renounce her wish, regaining her strength. She returns home and dons the armor of the legendary Amazon warrior Asteria, then heads to the broadcast station and battles Barbara, who has made another wish to become an apex predator, transforming her into a cheetah-woman. After defeating Barbara, Diana confronts Maxwell and uses her Lasso of Truth to communicate with the world through him, convincing everyone to renounce their wishes. She also shows Maxwell a vision of his son, Alistair, wandering the street as chaos ensues from his fulfillment of everyone’s desires. Maxwell renounces his wish and returns home to reunite with his son.

Some time later, Diana meets the man whose body Steve was inhabiting, while she continues to protect the world. In a mid-credit scene, Asteria is revealed to be alive and living among humanity in secret, much like Diana.

 

 

[Diana] Some days, my childhood feels so very far away. And others, I can almost see it. The magical land of my youth, like a beautiful dream of when the whole world felt like a promise and the lessons that lay ahead yet unseen. Looking back, [chuckles] I wish I’d listened. Wish I’d watched more closely and understood. But sometimes you can’t see what you’re learning until you come out the other side.

[urges horse] Come on!

[grunts]

[crowd cheers]

[all cheering]

Come on!

[panting]

[rider Amazon] Come on!

[grunts]

[all cheering]

I’m gonna miss out.

I’ve seen this contest humble even the most seasoned warriors, Diana.

I can do it.

Just do your best. And remember, greatness is not what you think. Pace yourself and watch.

[gong ringing]

[Young Diana grunting]

[grunts]

[yelps]

[panting]

[urges horse]

[grunts]

[horse whinnies]

[groans]

[horse whinnies]

[panting]

[riders urging horses]

[horse whinnies]

[gasps]

[Young Diana grunts]

[Young Diana grunts]

No!

[both grunt]

[both whooping]

[Young Diana] No! That’s not fair! No. No. But…

You took the short path.

[Young Diana] But…

You cheated, Diana.

No.

But that…

That is the truth. That is the only truth, and truth is all there is.

But I would’ve won, if you didn’t…

But you didn’t. You cannot be the winner, because you are not ready to win, and there is no shame in that. Only in knowing the truth in your heart and not accepting it. No true hero is born from lies.

[Young Diana crying]

Your time will come, Diana.

When?

When you’re ready. Look to the Golden Warrior Asteria. She did not become a legend out of haste. She did it through true acts of bravery. Like patience, diligence, and the courage to face the truth.

[sighs]

One day, you’ll become all that you dream of and more, and everything will be different. This world is not yet ready for all that you will do.


[Maxwell on TV]

Welcome to the future. Life is good, but it can be better. And why shouldn’t it be? Everything we’ve ever dreamed about is right at our fingertips.

[woman chattering]

But are you reaping the rewards? Do you…

[both whooping]

…have it all?

[passenger] Slow down, dude.

No way.

[both gasp]

[brakes screeching]

[tires screeching]

[both screaming]

d

[both] Dude!

[Maxwell] Welcome to Black Gold Cooperative.

Oh, my gosh. Guys!

The first oil company run for the people, by the people.Think about finally having everything you’ve always wished for.

Let’s go!

[all laughing]

[door opens]

Hey!

[car horn honks]

[Maxwell]

For a low monthly fee, you can own a piece of the most lucrative industry in the world. And every time we strike gold, you strike gold.

[whoops] Oh!

[panting]

[Maxwell] No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you deserve to have it all.Do you have everything you’ve ever wanted? Aren’t you tired of always wishing you had more?

Hey, move it. It’s my turn.

Join me today.

Yes!

Operators are standing by. You don’t need a pile of money or some business degree to get started. You don’t even have to work hard for it.

[bell dinging]

Good morning.

Good morning.

Don’t even think about it.

[Maxwell] At Black Gold Cooperative, all you need is to want it!

[Buzz Cut] We get what we want, and we go.

[saleswoman] What do you want?

None of this junk. Word is on the street you got a nice little black market side business going on back there. If you don’t tell, we won’t tell.

[laughing joyously]

Yes, yes, yes!

[Buzz Cut] Oh, thank you.

Thank you. Thank you.

Yes, yes, yes!

[groans]

Sir, are you all right?

Gun! He’s got a gun!

[people screaming]

Shut up! Please!

Come on, dude. Can’t hide.

Let’s get out of here!

Stop! Mall Security!

No, no, you, you, right there!

Right there! Freeze. Stop!

[Flat Top] Move, move, move!

Chief, they’re running up the escalator.

Hey! Stop! Freeze!

Freeze!

[shopper] No!

[woman yelps]

[Buzz Cut panting]

[security guard] We have several armed assailants running free.

We need the police here, right now.

[people screaming]

Freeze!

Freeze!

Freeze! Freeze!

Whoa, whoa! Hey.

Whoa, whoa, whoa!

No. Dude, dude, calm…

Get back, man. I’ll do it!

[man 1] Hey!

Hey, what are you doing?

[Scowler] It’s okay.

It’s gonna be okay.

[man 1] What are you doing?

[grunting]

[girl screams]

[shoppers gasp]

Hey, what are you doing?

I’m not going back!

No, no, no!

[Scowler] Just chill out.

Just chill.

Stand back!

Don’t do it!

[man 2] No, no, no!

Put the kid back.

Listen to me.

Listen to me!

[all shout]

No!

What are you doing?

[Flat Top] Pull her back.

Pull her back in!

I’m not going back!

No!

Gonna let her go!

No, no, no!

No, no!

What? Who? What?

[grunts]

We won’t be doing that today.

[sighs]

[gasps]

[screaming]

[Courtney whispers] Whoa.

We… We… We should go…

[Courtney] Oh, my gosh!

Hold tight.

[laughing]

[both screaming]

I hate guns.

We’ve got to go now. Come on.

[gasps]

[screaming]

[yelping]

[coins clinking]

[Scowler] Yo.

I’m sorry, lady.

Shh.

[Scowler] I’m sorry. Okay?

It was his idea.

[sirens wailing]

[people screaming]

[thieves groaning]

[reporter on TV] And the authorities still have questions. In fact, the first is a real doozy, which is, who exactly even stopped this crime? If the story around here is to be believed, it wasn’t the police, but a mysterious female savior that multiple witnesses saw. If this sounds familiar, it should. We’ve now had more than a half-dozen similar sightings across the greater D.C. area in the last year. Which, of course, begs the biggest question of today, who is this woman and where did she come from?


[people laughing]

[waiter] Excuse me. Are you waiting for someone?

No. Just me.

[sighs]

[man] Taxi!

Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t see you there. Hey, we could share, if you like?

No, thanks. I’ll wait.

[airplane passing]


[objects clattering]

[gasps] Oh, my.

[male co-workers chattering]

Yeah.

[Barbara] Hey, Jake. Jake, hi. Can you…

[male co-workers continue chattering]

Hi. [chuckles] I know, walk much? The latch of my…

Good morning.

Hi. Thank you.

Diana Prince, cultural anthropology and archaeology.

Barbara Minerva. Geology, gemology, lithology, and part-time cryptozoologist.

Oh, wow.

I kept busy in college.

Sorry. It’s these heels, you know. It’s stupid. I don’t know why I was gonna wear heels.

Scientists don’t wear heels.

Sometimes we do.

Right.

Right. Those are cool!

Have a nice day.

I like those. Animal print. [growls]

[both laugh]

Do you want to get lunch?

I, uh…

Not now, obviously. It’s morning. But later today, or whenever. Like, around… Like, at lunchtime?

I have a lot of work today. But maybe some other time?

Oh. Yeah, I’m busy today, too.

Great.

Ah! Diana, do you happen to know who a Barbara Minerva is?

[Barbara] Oh, hi, Carol. Hi. It’s me. I’m Barbara. Remember? You hired me. Started last week.

Oh! Gemologist?

Yes. And zoologist. We had a couple interviews.

Yeah. Well, the FBI are gonna drop off some artifacts later this afternoon.

[Barbara] The FBI?

[Carol] Yeah. Yes.

They’re coming here?

The mall heist yesterday, apparently they were using a jewelry store as a front.

[Diana] Front for what?

Black market. Stolen jewels and art meant for private buyers. But we could use your help identifying one in particular.

My help? [laughs] Yeah, I’ll help the FBI with whatever they need.

Is that a yes?

Yes. I would, um… I would love to assist you.

Wonderful. It’s nice to meet you.

We’ve met.

Have a nice day.

Bye, Diana.


[Barbara] Okay, item number 23. [sighs] Shoot. That’s not it.

Oh, the Empress of Siam. Originally found in the wreck of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha.

Wow.

Sorry. I couldn’t resist coming to see.

Oh, it’s okay. Here it is.

[Diana] What is it?

Um… Uh… I can’t tell. Some light. I think the technical term here is “extremely lame.” [Barbara chuckles] Um… It’s… It’s citrine. A classic stone used in fakes throughout history. [sighs] I can’t imagine this is worth any more than $75. What do you think?

Fakes aren’t my forte, but let me see. Mmm. Latin.

[Barbara] At least it’s an antique, right?

Or a purchase from a stall on the Ponte Vecchio last week.

Mmm-hmm.

You never know. “Place upon the object held but one great wish.”

You read Latin?

Yeah. Yeah. Languages are a hobby.

So maybe it’s, like, a lucky charm or something?

Yeah, I guess. Strange.

I really wish I had a coffee.

[Barbara laughs] You’re funny.

Hey, I got Erika a coffee, but she’s out sick.

Does anybody want this?

[laughs] What? Yeah, I’ll take one. Ooh, hot!

Hot, hot!

[Barbara gasps] Did you see that?

Oh…

Can you imagine?

If only.

Hmm. So many things, I don’t even know what I would wish for.

I do. [sighs] Well, um, anyway, sorry to bother you. If you need anything, I’m around.

Oh, yeah, I’m good.

Yeah.

But thank you for…

That’s okay. It’s my job. And I’ll look into it more when I have a chance.

Okay. Well, thanks for… talking to me. [chuckles nervously] I’m… I’m sorry, uh… I mean, I’m fine.

[Diana] You know, we could go and grab early dinner and talk about exactly how lame that stone is.

Really?

Yeah, I mean, citrine? Who are they kidding, right?

[laughing] So lame.

Dorky.

Lame.

Yeah, let’s go.

That’s, like, the lamest of lames.

[watch ticking]


Wow. You’re so funny.

Oh. Thank you.

Wow. I mean, no one’s made me laugh like this in such a long time. I mean, it’s true, I don’t get out much socially.

You don’t get out much?

No, not really. No.

I’m sorry. I’m just surprised. Because you just seem like the kind of person who’s, like, always out. Like, people are asking you to go out all the time and you live out. You’re just out.

[both laugh]

Like, you never get in. You just seem like you’d be really popular. And I would know because I’ve never been popular.

You haven’t? You’re so personable. So… free. I mean, honestly, I gotta say that I envy that.

[laughing] What? You envy me? That doesn’t make any sense. Oh, my gosh. People think I’m weird. They avoid me and talk behind my back when they don’t think I can hear them. I’m like, “Guys, I can hear you.” [laughs nervously]

Barbara, my life hasn’t been what you probably think it has. We all have our struggles.

Yeah, we do. Have you ever been in love?

Uh… Yeah. A long, long time ago.

Mmm.

You?

So many times, yeah. All the time. Often. So what happened? Where’d he go, your guy?

He, uh… He died. But I still think sometimes that I see him up there in the sky. He was a pilot.

Oh!

He was all kinds of things, but he was great. It was true.

I get it. Well, cheers to us. Wishing us better luck, I guess.


Hey, Leon.

Hey there, Barbara. Late night?

Yeah. Going back to work. I wanted to bring this to you while it was still hot.

Oh, you’re too good to me.

It’s not a problem. Stay warm.

Hey there, sweetheart. You need some help?

No, I’m fine. Thank you.

‘Cause, uh, you know, you look as though you’re having a little bit of trouble walking in those heels, huh?

It’s okay. I wear these heels all the time.

Hey, come on. Let me walk you home.

I’m not going home.

Hey, I’m just trying to be nice here. Huh? Come on. Hey, hey. Hey, hey! [yelping]

What are you doing?

Hey, hey!

Let go of me!

I’m just trying to help you!

Let go of me! Let go of me!

[Barbara grunts] Let go!

[bin clattering]

[drunk man groaning]

[Barbara panting]

Forgot my keys. Lucky.

How did you…

Simple self-defense. Used his own momentum against him. I’ll teach you. Honestly, it takes no power at all. Are you okay?

Yeah. Yeah.

Good.

Thank you.

Of course. Go home, okay?

Yeah.

Good night.


I do know what I’d wish for. To be like Diana.

[wind whooshing]

Strong, sexy, cool. Special.

[watch ticking]


Oh…

[breathing heavily]

[grunts]

[janitor] Oh, no! Oh! Sorry.

Oh, it’s okay.

Barbara, thank God you’re good in heels.

Oh.

[chuckles]

Hey, Barbara.

Hi, Jake.

Wow. [chuckles] Looking good.

Oh, thanks.

Yeah.

[Carol] This is our Earth Sciences lab.

Oh, Barbara!

Hi.

Perfect.

I have someone I would like you to meet.

A pleasure, Ms. Minerva.

Oh. [chuckles] Uh, it’s “Doctor,” actually. Um… Have we met before? You look familiar.

Do the thing. Do the thing.

No.

Life is good, but it can be better.

[gasps]

[Carol laughing]

[Barbara] Oh, my gosh. From TV. Oh, my gosh. You’re the oil guy.

“The oil guy.” I’ll take it.

That’s right.

[all laughing]

Mr. Lord is considering becoming a Friend of the Smithsonian at the Partner level.

Oh.

Which entitles him to a handful of private tours of our facilities, and he asked for you by name.

Me?

Well, what can I say, Doctor? Your reputation precedes you. And apparently we share a passion for gemology.

Wow, okay. We do.

I’ll leave you to it.

Uh…

[Maxwell chuckling]

Oh, let me just drop this off in my office, and we’ll go.

Oh! Oh, gosh. Don’t look in there. It’s such a mess. So, I thought maybe we could start upstairs.


[Barbara] I love that ruby. Oh, no. Be careful with that.

[Maxwell] What?

[Barbara] That’s very…

[Maxwell imitates monster growling]

[both laughing]

[Barbara] Hey, have you seen my friend? Where’d he go?

[Maxwell] I’m right here.

[Barbara] You are.

[Maxwell laughing]

Thank God.

Oh, wait. You’ve got a little dust on you.

Sorry.

[Diana] Hey, good morning.

Oh, hi.

Hi.

[Barbara] Oh! Uh…

This is the one and only,

Mr. Maxwell Lord.

It’s him.

Life is good, but it can be better.

[both laughing]

He’s from TV.

Oh, I don’t have a TV.

Well, I have a great relationship with Sears. I can get you a brand-new TV by the end of the day. Nineteen inches. No strings attached.

I’ll stick to the one I don’t have. But thank you.

Okay.

You’re so generous. Um… Headline… Uh… Mr. Lord took a tour of the entire Smithsonian while considering partnership, [giggles] and guess what he decided to do? Give his entire donation to our department. He’s announcing it at tonight’s Members’ Gala.

It’s going to be an amazing party. I hope you have something nice to wear.

I actually tend to skip these events. I find that our benefactors with a true eye towards philanthropy prefer to stay out of the spotlight. To let the museum’s work garner the attention.

I agree. Except, I like to party.

[laughing]

Oh, my gosh. You’re such a good dancer.

You like Latin dancing?

I love it. I know that I’m a terrible dancer.

No, I doubt that you’re a terrible dancer…

No, I’ve got a hip injury from high school.

…the shape that you’re in.

[Diana] Great, so, thank you so much for coming.

[Barbara] Oh, yeah.

[Maxwell] You know, I really should be going. Thank you for the tour. I will have to see you tonight.

See you tonight. [laughs] Bye. Have a good day. I’ll find you. What?

I like him. [Barbara laughs]


[Maxwell] Thank you, John.

[Maxwell grunts]

[Maxwell chattering indistinctly on recording]

Ladies.

Mr. Lord.

Mr. Lord.

Not now, Raquel. My supplements?

[Raquel] On your desk, but Mr. Lord. Mr. Lord. Mr. Lord.

[sighs]

[Raquel] Mr. Lord. [panting] Mr. Lord.

[Alistair] Dad!

[Maxwell] How?

How!

It’s your weekend. Yes, clearly.

Alistair. [chuckles]

Where’s the pool, Daddy?

It’s not done yet, buddy. But it doesn’t matter. [sighs] You just have to be patient. I told you the pool, the helicopter, you’ll have it all. But remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, was it? No.

[Alistair] Hasn’t it been a lot of days?

Well, it takes time to become a great, great, number-one man, like your dad is going to be.

[Stagg] Are you lying to your son, like you lie to everyone else?

[coughing] Simon.

[Maxwell hesitates] These offices aren’t ready for guests yet. [Maxwell chuckles]

It’s over, Max. I don’t want to hear it anymore. I’m out.

Alistair, go wait with Raquel.

Simon. I know it’s hard to see right now, but we are finally right at the edge of turning this thing around.

“Turning it around”? There is no oil. There never was. So how are you gonna turn it around? [scoffs] Get more sucker investors, like me? It’s called a Ponzi scheme.

No! I have a big… [sighs heavily] There’s something in the works. And it’s no scheme. Simon, we have millions of acres of potentially oil-rich land.

You have oil rights on land that everyone else passed on already. Now, it didn’t take much digging to find that out. I should have done some digging on you, too, Maxwell Lorenzano. Didn’t take long to find out you’re nothing but a lowlife con man.

I am not a con man! I am a television personality.

[groans]

And a respected businessman with a plan.

Come on.

With… With… With a great plan.

Oh! “If you can dream it, you can have it.” Something like that? You have 48 hours to get my money…

You’re going to regret this.

…or the FTC gets an anonymous report.

[forced laughing]

Loser.

Simon, wait. Simon, wait. I am not a loser. He’s a loser! And don’t you ever believe a word that man said. He’s a liar… and he’s wrong. [sighs] And he will rue the day he walked away from me. And you… You are going to be so proud to be my son.

Okay.

You’ll see. Everyone will.

 


[saleswoman] These are known for a terrific fit.

[Barbara] Yeah, I’m just not so great with heels.

Just try them. Come out and show me.

[Barbara sighs]

[Barbara] Okay. Hmm. They do fit well.

Ah.

[Barbara] Huh. Yeah, I like it.

[saleswoman] You look amazing.

Do you think it’s too tight?

I think it’s just right. Wow.

Yeah. I’ll take it.


[’80s pop music playing]

Hey there. How are you doing?

♪ The animals are

Winding me up ♪

♪ The jungle call

The jungle call ♪

♪ Who-ha! Who-ha!

Who-ha! Who-ha! ♪

♪ In Xanadu did Kublai Khan ♪

♪ A pleasure dome erect… ♪

[men laughing]

Those shoes are incredible.

Thank you.

What a beautiful dress.

You look fantastic.

[chuckles] Thank you so much.

Dr. Minerva.

[sighs]

[laughs] You look breathtaking.

Thank you. I… You know, we have to go to these sort of things for work a lot, so I’ve probably worn this dress a million times.

Mmm.

Um… Actually, no. [laughs nervously] I… I just bought this today. I never look like this. Um, not even close. Took me a long time to get ready.

Biotin. You should try it. Makes you glow like a teenager. Reverses the clock. Never accept the limitations of nature.

Yeah, no.

Especially not a beautiful woman like you.

[Barbara chuckling] Oh…

God, it’s so loud in here.

Yeah.

Can we go somewhere? Just me and you?

Yes.

Hmm… Your office?

[Barbara chuckles nervously]

[both moaning]

Oh, wow! Look at all of this stuff. It’s so… It’s so beautiful. Like you.

[both chuckling]

What is that?

Um… Uh, it’s nothing special, really. But the FBI did ask me to help them identify it.

[Maxwell] Wow.

[Barbara] Though it certainly has me stumped so far.

Let me help you. Max is here. No need to be stumped ever again. I have a dear friend in Roman antiquities.

Roman antiquities.

Could give it a look, if you like?

[Barbara giggles]

It is Latin, isn’t it?

[Barbara breathing heavily]

I really shouldn’t let it go out of the museum.

[both moaning]

Hey there, beautiful.

No, thank you. Excuse me.

[Carl] Oh, Diana. Hoping I’d see you. Hey, do you know I’m at the White House now? Yeah, that’s right. Interning, but requested by name, so… Listen, I’ve had my eyes on you for some time. So if you ever need…

That’s great, Carl.

Diana. Diana.

Excuse me, I don’t even know you, so please stop following me.

Good night.

But… [sighs]

I wish we had more time.

Why did you say that? Don’t say that to me. You don’t even know me.

Yes, I do.

I can save today… but you can save the world.

Steve?

Diana.

But how?

I don’t know.

[mouthing] Oh, my God. It’s you. I missed you.

[Diana] So what do you remember?

[Steve] I remember… I remember taking the plane up…

[Diana] Mmm-hmm.

…and then… nothing, really. Nothing. But somehow, I know I’ve been someplace since then. Someplace that’s, uh… I can’t really put words to it. But it’s… It’s good. And then I, uh… I woke up here.

Where?

I ended up in a bed. Uh… Strange, strange pillow bed with slats.

A futon, yeah.

A futon? Yeah. Well, not comfortable. And really a bit backwards if I’m being really honest with you. I mean, for a futuristic time like this. Nineteen… Eighty-four. 1984.

[both sigh]

[airplane passing]

[Steve] That’s amazing. [Steve chuckles in astonishment]

[Diana laughing joyously]

[Steve] Would you like to see my futon?


[kicks]

[door closes]

[objects clattering]

[Diana gasps]

Yeah. Um… You don’t have to tell me. The place is a mess. Cheese on demand. I spent all morning cleaning his bedroom, but he seems to me to be an engineer. Lots of pictures of himself. Not what I would do, but to each his own.

Oh, so this is how you found me.

Yeah, the phone book. I guess some things are just future-proof.

So you went to my apartment?

Yeah, I tried to use the bike at first. I couldn’t really figure out how to get it going, so I ran over and saw you come back. And I was stunned. There you were. So I just, uh… followed you, like a creep. Diana, look at you. It’s… It’s like not one day has passed.

I can’t say the same thing about you.

[sighs] Right, right, right. Right. Yeah, he’s, uh… He’s got it. [laughing] No, I like him.

He’s great, but all I see is you.


“One great wish.” I’ve been waiting. I wish to be you. The Dreamstone itself.

[groaning]

[laughing]


[sighs]

[gasps]

Hi.

Come here.

Good morning.

[Diana hums happily]

Been eating Pop-Tarts all morning, and I’ve had about three pots of coffee. This place is amazing. [laughing]

This place?

Yeah. You know, if I really think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room more amazing.

It’s true.

Yeah.

This room is the most amazing place I’ve ever been in, in my entire life.

It’s the most amazing place, right?

So let’s stay. We shouldn’t go.

I really don’t want to.

So, let’s not.

Okay.

Let’s just stay here.

Let’s just stay here.

[Diana] Forever. Although… I should probably go and figure out how a stone brought my boyfriend back in someone else’s body.

[Steve breathing heavily]

[Diana humming]

That’s a fair point. Let’s go.

[replaces barbell]

Whoa.

[computer beeps]

[knocking on door]

[Belinda] Mr. Stagg?

Thank you, Belinda.

Oh, God.

You’d better be here with my money.

I’ll have your money, Simon.

Today, I’m here for an apology.

Are you out of your mind?

I’m not going to apologize.

I’m sorry.

I messed up. I messed up.

I lied.

And I’m sorry.

You know, the truth is, I knew we were going to sink a long time ago.

The wells were coming up dry.

And no data suggested that was going to change.

I should have folded then.

But all the people that bought in, that believed in me.

I wanted to do right.

Oh, come on.

Max, look, you don’t have to…

Simon, don’t you understand that I wished for better?

That with every ounce of my being, I wished that Black Gold would change the world for all of us.

And I know you wished that, too.

Of course I wished that, too.

[wind whooshing]

Then your wish is granted.

And in return, I’ll take all of your shares… and full control of Black Gold, after you are somehow magically removed from my path…

You’re gonna what?

…forever.

[Stagg] Max!

Hey, Max!

Get back here! Max!

Ow.

What the hell is going on?

[tires screeching]

We have a warrant for Simon Stagg.

My word. Are we in danger?

No, sir.

Federal taxation crime.

It doesn’t concern you.

Move along.

[guard] Send them through.

[man] Okay. Follow me.

[agent] Let’s go, guys.

[spraying]

Ooh.

[continues spraying]

[laughs]

So you said a stone started all of this?

Yeah, that’s what we need to go and find out.

I mean, it must have done something.

This is dynamite.

[Diana sighs]

What do you think?

Yeah. Yeah…

Huh? Right?

I saw a couple of magazine pictures.

They roll these up.

I think we can do better.

Look at all the pockets in this.

There are pockets here.

There are pockets all over the pant.

American issue bag, adjustable.

Parachute pants?

Yeah. Uh…

Does everybody parachute now?

You know,

I’m not so keen on this one.

I figure you are, but you know what, I’m ready to go.

[Diana] Mmm-mmm.

Right?

No.

You’re not even giving it a second.

It’s not good.

“Too much” in a good way or a bad way? Right?

In a bad way.

Oh.

Now that’s great.

It’s beautiful.

Yeah. I would absolutely never wear it.

I feel like a pirate.

Steve.

Who would wear this?

Diana, have you seen these shoes?

Let’s keep the shoes.

Let’s keep the shoes. Yes!

Let’s keep the shoes.

Yes!

[Diana]

This is a special one, okay?

Let’s do this together.

Uh-huh.

One foot after the other.

Now stay on this one.

Go to the middle.

No, Steve… Steve, you’re gonna fall.

[yelps]

[Steve laughing]

I really thought I was gonna fall.

What’s up?

[subway train approaching]

[hip-hop music playing on stereo]

This is break dance.

[Steve] Dancing?

[Diana] Yeah.

[Steve laughing]

Whoa!

Oh, don’t worry.

It’s fine. It’s just a move.

Yeah? Oh.

It’s nothing.

It’s all art.

Yeah.

Uh… That’s just a trash can.

It’s just a trash can.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Is that a plane?

Come on.

I want to show you something.

[announcer chattering on PA]

[Diana chuckling]

[Steve gasps]

This is incredible! [laughing]

And every time we strike gold, you strike gold.

[phone ringing]

Think about finally having everything you’ve always wished for.

Raquel?

Raquel?

[phone continues ringing]

[ringing]

Black Gold.

Can you hold, please?

[phones ringing continuously]

Black Gold. Yes. Hold, please.

Raquel?

Hold, please.

The wells struck pay!

Which ones?

All of them.

And the investors heard about it somehow.

They’re calling to up their buys. Their friends are calling to buy in.

New investors are calling out of thin air.

Hold on, please.

I need more help.

Black Gold.

Can you hold, please?

I’ll get you help.

Tell me again.

You wish you had more help?

Yes, I wish I had more help.

[wind whooshing]

There are just too many calls to take.

[Emerson] Uh… Hi.

I’m sorry to bother you.

I’m meant to be interviewing at an accounting firm.

You’re hired!

[Emerson] Oh…

Welcome aboard!

Emerson.

Emerson!

Is this the employment office?

Yes! You’re hired, too!

Mr. Lord,

it’s Wall Street Journal.

They want to interview you about company’s sudden surge.

I’ll take it in my office.

And bring me my vitamins.

So I did read about four books last night…

[all laughing]

…to try to get to the bottom of this. And did find out, Roger, you were right.

This is from the Song Dynasty.

You were correct.

And also interesting, I was looking at a couple of encyclopedias last night and you…

Thanks. Um…

[laughs]

So funny, all this reading seems to have cured my eyesight somehow.

[all laughing]

Interesting fact which we…

Hey.

Hi.

[Diana] Good morning.

This is Steve. He’s my, um…

Old friend.

Yeah.

Hi, old friend Steve. [laughs]

I’m Barbara, Diana’s new friend.

So what do you do?

I’m a pilot.

Pilot? Isn’t that…

Can I speak to you for a second?

Sure.

So, I just wanted to speak to you about that stone.

The citrine one.

[hesitating]

Do you have it?

Uh…

Long story, actually, about that.

Max Lord came by to visit yesterday.

Which was actually pretty great.

I’ll tell you about it later. Um…

I let him borrow it.

What? Why?

Well, Diana, he just gave us a huge amount of money.

It’s not like he’s a stranger or anything.

Plus he has a friend who’s an expert, and I don’t know…

What do you mean?

How could you loan it?

It’s not even ours to loan.

Whoa. Whoa.

What are you getting on my case for?

I’ve got 15 things in my office more valuable than that stone.

Do you know where he took it?

No, I have no idea.

Then I’ll tell you

what we find out.

Let’s go.

I like your pants very much.

Oh, thanks.

Yeah. Call me.

Or not. Whatever.

But I’d be curious.

[police siren wails]

[man on PA]

Call the Black Gold hotline.

Shares are not available in the building.

What are these people doing?

Whatever it is, we’re not getting in that way.

Diana. Diana, this way.

Have at it.

[grunts]

Strong lock.

[phones ringing continuously]

[people chattering]

[whispers] Steve.

[Diana blowing]

It’s so dusty.

Yeah.

It’s like a bomb went off.

[Steve] Whatever this is, he’s been looking for it for a long time.

[Diana] “Place upon the object held.”

[gasps]

What is it?

[breathing heavily]

The language of the Gods.

Which God wrote it, is the question.

[phone ringing]

Thanks.

Oh, yeah.

Yeah. It’s okay.

I gotta go do something. Okay.

I’ll talk to you. All right?

Hello?

[Diana] Barbara, I need your help.

I need you to find out exactly where that stone was found.

“Where” is what I need to know.

You understand?

Yeah. Yeah, yeah, I’m on it.

Thanks.

You look like you saw a ghost.

I did.

There were many Gods and they did different things for different reasons.

One was making objects like this.

There are universal elements in this world, and when they’re imbued into something, they can become very, very powerful.

Like my Lasso of Truth.

The truth is what powers it, not me.

The truth is bigger than all of us.

But what is this?

I don’t know. Uh…

Brought me back.

Love or hope… maybe?

[Diana] Maybe.

Well, whatever it is, I can promise you this is too powerful for Maxwell Lord.

We need to find this guy.

Uh…

Look at this.

If this date’s right, he’s going to Cairo.

Cairo?

[Steve] Yeah.

Growth opportunity, you know?

[Diana] “King of Crude”?

How is this so fast?

You have a plane that can fly from here to Cairo in one shot?

That is amazing. [laughs]

Yeah, but we can’t get you on one because you don’t have a passport.

I don’t want to get on one, I want to fly one.

I want to fly the plane.

I want to fly this plane.

Yeah?

[keypad buzzes]

[doors unlock]

[Steve] Oh, my Betsy.

[Diana] Hey, Steve, this way.

Yeah.

Look at these gams.

[Steve gasping]

You wanna choose?

This one.

[Diana] I like it.

[Steve grunts]

Okay.

Okay. Uh…

No.

Uh…

[Steve laughs]

All right. Good, good.

Fuel, fuel, fuel.

Here we go. Engine.

[engine starting]

Here goes nothing.

Oh…

[beeping]

Ken?

[Ken] What?

There’s an aircraft on the runway.

What do you mean, “There’s an aircraft on the runway”?

Approach, this is Tower.

There’s an unlisted aircraft on the runway.

Are you seeing this?

[siren wailing]

Can you get us up there?

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

I just have to pick up speed first, and then I’ll take off.

The way I fly, they will never find us.

Oh, I forgot to tell you.

What?

Radar. I can’t explain now, but they’ll see us anywhere, even in the dark.

Well, will they shoot at us?

Well, shit, Diana.

[mouthing] Right.

[sirens wailing]

[mouthing] Diana.

Wait. Shh! I know.

I know. [exhales deeply] Focus.

Focus.

My father hid Themyscira from the world, and I’ve been trying to learn how he did it.

Did what?

Made something invisible.

But in 50 years, I’ve only done it once.

Well, now’s not a bad time to start trying.

How long does it last?

I don’t know.

It was just a coffee cup… and I lost it.

[shouting]

[yelling]

Approach, the aircraft has vanished.

Do you have eyes on it?

[Diana laughing]

An invisible jet.

[Steve laughing]

What’s that?

[Diana] Oh, it’s okay.

It’s just fireworks.

The Fourth. Of course.

The Fourth of July?

Wow.

[Diana laughs]

I got an idea.

[Diana exhales]

[both laughing]

[breathing heavily]

You know, it’s the one thing.

The one thing that’s always been you to me.

What?

Flight.

Your gift.

I’ll never understand it.

Ah, it’s… It’s so easy, really.

It’s wind and air and knowing how to ride it, how to catch it.

How to join with it.

Yeah.

It’s like anything, really.

[agent] Great, thanks.

Found the last one.

This should keep you busy for a while.

Anything else I can get you?

Coffee?

Tea?

Me?

I don’t need anything from you, and I’m done.

You’re done?

Hey, you don’t have to be mean about it.

[man] Hey, babe.

Where you going?

[panting] No thanks.

Ooh, you’re pretty.

Hey, slow down, sexy.

You talking to me?

Yep. I’m talking to you.

Why don’t you just slow down a bit, huh?

Come on, girl.

I’d rather not.

You know what I mean?

I’d rather not have anything to do with someone like you.

I’d rather you stop harassing people.

Like me.

Do you remember me?

Oh, yeah, yeah.

I remember.

Where were we, huh?

No.

No.

[breathing heavily]

[groaning]

[drunk man] No.

[Barbara] She’s right.

It’s not that hard.

[Barbara grunts]

Yeah, I think I get it now.

His body weight does do all the work.

So easy.

I think I could do this…

[whimpering]

all…

[groaning]

night…

long!

[continues groaning]

[Leon] Barbara?

What are you doing?

Mind your business.

Sir?

[Emir] Your fortune the last few days has been impressive, to say the least.

But why come all this way to meet with me? Hmm?

[Maxwell] To meet a peer.

[Emir] A peer?

No, Mr. Lord. I only agreed to meet with you because I was curious.

No one gets that lucky.

How did you do it?

On my journey to self-fulfillment… I lucked into a secret.

[whispering]

The secret of the wish.

So I wished for it.

Or someone wished for it for me.

Tell me what you wish for, Your Highness, and I will show you how it works.

I wish for things one cannot attain.

Like what?

All of my land to be returned.

My ancestral realm.

The Bialyian Dynasty.

And for all the heathens who dare trod upon it to be kept out forever, so that its glory may be renewed.

You wish for that?

I wish for that deeply.

Your wish is granted.

And in return, I will take your oil.

[Emir laughing]

You truly delight me.

You know so little.

I sold my oil to the Saudis.

You are a silly man.

[continues laughing]

[all laughing]

Then I will take your security team and leave you here with nothing to defend yourself against the wrath you most certainly will face.

[all speaking Arabic]

[people clamoring]

[in English]

Stop! Stop the car!

What are you doing?

Stop what you’re doing now!

I’m telling you.

I command you to stop!

Stop!

Stop! Stop!

[news anchor on TV]

This unbelievable and unexplainable wall appears to somehow be the work of Emir Said Bin Abydos.

The government is reporting old rulings have emerged acknowledging his claim to the land.

You okay?

I’m fine.

You keep saying that, but…

[jeep horn honking]

That was him!

That was Max Lord.

[speaking Arabic]

[tires screeching]

[in English]

Get rid of them, please.

[speaking Arabic]

[tires screeching]

[in English] I got this.

What?

Diana!

The brakes still work.

[tires screeching]

[gasps]

[panting]

[yelps]

[grunting]

[panting]

[Steve grunts]

[grunts]

[grunting]

[in English] Max Lord, you’re putting yourself and everyone else in grave danger.

I need you to give me the stone.

What happened to it?

You’re looking at it.

[Maxwell laughs]

Whoa!

[grunting]

[groans]

[grunting]

[yelps]

[continues grunting]

[straining]

[yelps]

Steve!

Diana!

[straining]

So who’s the next closest person with oil?

[groans]

[people chattering]

[Wonder Woman groaning]

[in English] Diana. Diana.

My God.

What’s going on with you?

[news anchor 1] A truly bizarre phenomenon that is being called the Divine Wall.

What is happening?

[news anchor 1]

It’s an unexplainable event that now sees

Egypt’s poorest communities entirely cut off from their only supply of fresh water.

[news anchor 2] An already tense situation now escalating as the Soviet Union announces they will recognize the Emir’s claim.

Oh, no.

The United States, a longtime ally of Egypt, has declared their intention to side with the government.

Bedlam on the home front now as well as the shocking news that American businessman

Max Lord has somehow come into possession of over half of the world’s oil reserves.

The instability in the oil community has resulted in a nationwide run on gas, and experts are girding themselves…

[phone ringing]

Hello?

Barbara, it’s Diana.

Did you…

Yeah. Uh, well, sort of.

I haven’t figured out exactly what the stone is, but I’ve found historical images of it.

From where?

That’s the weird thing.

From everywhere.

It first appeared in the Indus Valley almost 4,000 years ago.

It popped up again in Carthage in 146 BC.

Kush, 4 AD.

Romulus, the last Emperor of Rome, he had it on him when he was assassinated in 476.

The last record is in some previously unknown dead city near Dzibilchaltun.

The Mayans.

Yeah.

Anyway, it just led me to a bunch of dead ends, and my last lead is not that promising.

What’s that?

A flier I found.

Grabbed it at the embassy.

Some guy advertising to be a Mayan shaman.

But he literally teaches a course in a squat next to Galaxy Records.

And he knows about the stone?

So he says.

I’m gonna go there in the morning.

Okay, we’ll meet you there.

And thank you.

[Steve] What is it?

The stone has traveled the world to seemingly random and different places, but they all have one thing in common.

What?

Their civilizations collapsed catastrophically.

Without a trace as to why.

You don’t think the stone could have…

Do you?

I don’t know what to think, Steve.

I can only hope I’m wrong.

Babajide?

That was fast.

Morning.

Hello.

One second.

So you’re a Mayan?

[Babajide humming]

What? I’m a citizen of the world.

It says your name is Frank.

Yeah. Most of what I know is a past-life thing.

So that’s a no.

[Babajide] But to answer your question, yes.

My great-great-grandfather left me this.

I don’t know everything about it, but I have been warned I’m better off that way.

What I do know is, it destroyed our people in a matter of months.

The few survivors, they buried the stone, never to be exhumed under any circumstances.

[Diana] Can I see that?

[Babajide] Be my guest.

[Diana gasps]

[Steve] What?

What is it?

[Diana] Dechalafrea Ero.

[Steve] What’s that?

A very bad God.

The God of Lies, Dolos, Mendacius, Duke of Deception.

He’s been called by many names.

But if he’s the one who empowered that stone, there has to be a trick.

What do lies have to do with granting wishes?

It seems more like a Dreamstone to me.

Wishes with a trick.

“The Monkey’s Paw.”

Beware what you wish for.

It grants your wish, but takes your most valued possession.

Diana, your powers.

[Barbara] No, that doesn’t make any sense.

What’s more precious than what you wish for?

How do we stop this?

[Babajide] The legend said it can only be stopped by destroying the stone itself or give back what was given.

My people couldn’t do the first thing and refused to do the second.

Now the culture’s destroyed.

Wiped from the face of the Earth.

No one renounced their wish?

But the stone is already destroyed.

What? When?

[whispers]

“You’re looking at it.”

“You’re looking at it.”

That’s what Max Lord said to me.

Maybe it’s him.

He’s become it somehow.

[Steve] But how would that happen?

I mean, if he wished for…

No, that’s crazy. No.

[Steve] If we destroy it, if we destroy him… all the wishes go back.

[Barbara] What are you talking about? No.

I’m not gonna be a part of that. No.

Or if everyone renounces their wish.

[Barbara] No, there has to be a better way.

No.

She’s right.

We don’t know enough.

We just don’t know enough.

But what we do know is that we need to stop him before he grants any more.

Stopping him might not be enough, Diana.

Wishes have been made.

Barbara?

Barbara?

[Maxwell]

Like I want any of these people in the club anyway.

Can we tell them they’re not invited?

No, sir.

The FCC said we couldn’t…

Oh, the FCC.

The BBB, the FBD.

It’s a conspiracy against my success.

They’re jealous. That’s why.

Who’s next?

Who’s next?

Well, everyone you asked for,

Lai Zhong, Mr. Khalaji, that televangelist who stole your slot.

Mmm.

And you have Alistair for the night.

Alistair? Again?

How many weekends do I have?

What? What? When?

Tonight?

[Emerson] He’s here already.

His mom is with her boyfriend.

[Maxwell sighs heavily]

Send in Mr. Zhong, please.

And buy Alistair a pony.

No! A race car.

Get him a race car.

Let’s get to it, Lai.

Tell me… what do you want?

What do you wish for?

Me? Truly?

Mmm-hmm.

Mmm-hmm.

The Soviets have sided with Iran.

Iraq is preparing to defend ourselves, as unrest spreads.

And you need? What do you…

What do you wish for?

Consider the sex tape gone.

And God darn it, if I have to keep doing this one by one, by one, by one…

How’s your health?

Well…

Forget that.

But I will take your entire congregation and your time slot.

Let me ask you, when they pray, is there any way

I could get all of them to…

join hands with me?

And simply say, “I wish” rather than, “I pray”?

Would that even work?

I don’t… I need to find a way to touch a lot of people at the same time.

Sir. The police are here.

They’re challenging the jurisdiction of your security team.

[Maxwell] Oh, God!

[bangs table]

This isn’t working.

Bring in someone new.

And my son.

You, beat it.

[Maxwell coughing]

[clearing throat]

[knocking on door]

Alistair!

I’ve missed you, buddy.

Come. Sit down with Daddy.

I’m sorry.

But, your dad is on the absolute precipice of everything.

Remember when I told you that I would be number one?

Do you remember? Your dad?

Well, I’m inches away. Huh?

I know it’s hard. I know.

But listen, I also know what you wish for, and I wish for it, too.

Do you hear that?

I wish for it, too.

I just wish I could be with you…

No!

You don’t use your one wish like that, Alistair.

You don’t wish for something that you already have.

You wish for greatness, for success.

That’s why I’m doing all of this.

Don’t you see that my greatness is your greatness? Huh?

Then I wish for your greatness.

[wind whooshing]

No. No!

Thank you.

I love you so much.

And I promise you, one day, everything is going to make sense.

And one day, you’ll thank me.

But right now, I, uh…

Right now, I need you to stay here with Emerson, okay? I’ll be back.

You stay here.

You. You.

Yes, sir?

Don’t you wish I had an audience with the President today?

Of course I do.

And can I tell you that you value my opinion, sir. how happy I am

Wait a minute.

Have I asked for your wish before?

Yesterday. A Porsche.

What is it with you aides and Porsches?

You!

Hi.

This way.

[crowd clamoring]

How’s traffic?

Huh? Terrible.

Don’t you wish it wasn’t?

And that everywhere you went parted like the great Red Sea?

Of course I wish that.

Sadly, ain’t gonna happen.

[officer] Hey, you! Stop!

Come on in. It’s not safe.

There’s a riot at the Saudi Embassy and there are Porsches racing up and down the street.

Come on. It’s mad.

But my cows.

[cows mooing]

I told a man I wanted a farm.

I didn’t mean here.

I’ll be right back.

[watch ticking]

Diana, I know it’s been hard.

[scoffs]

You don’t know. You don’t.

But we…

It can’t go on like this.

I can’t talk about this.

We have to talk about it.

Steve, I can’t talk about this!

I give everything I have, every day.

And I’m happy to.

But this one thing…

You’re all that I’ve wanted for so long.

You’re the only joy I’ve had or even asked for.

I am so sorry… but that’s crazy. [hesitates]

There’s a world out there full of so many better guys, for one.

I mean, how about this guy?

How about him?

I don’t want him. I want you.

Why, for once, can’t I just have this one thing, Steve?

This one thing.

I’m not sure we have a choice.

Well, I do have a choice.

And I can’t give you up.

I can’t.

So I won’t.

So we need to stop him so we can figure that out.

There has to be another way.

Has to.

Wow.

This is incredible.

What’s that?

From my culture.

The armor of an ancient Amazon warrior.

One of our greatest.

It’s huge. This whole thing?

What is it made out of?

Here. Let me show you.

Give me your hand.

What are you talking about?

I haven’t lied.

The Lasso does more than just make you tell the truth.

It can make you see it, too.

[sighs]

[Diana] Her name was Asteria.

She was our greatest warrior.

When mankind enslaved the Amazons, my mother freed us.

But someone had to stay behind to hold back the tide of men so the others could escape to Themyscira.

My people gave up all of their armor to make her one suit strong enough to take on the whole world.

And Asteria sacrificed herself for a better day for others.

[breathing heavily]

[Steve] That’s… That’s incredible.

When I came here, I searched for her.

But all I could find was her armor.

What is this?

[Steve] Where is he going?

[Diana] Oh, no.

Diana, Diana!

What are you doing?

Where are you going?

Steve, I’m going.

You need to stay.

No. No. Listen to me.

You’re getting weaker, Diana.

What if you fall?

I won’t.

You might. We don’t know that.

There has to be another way in.

Everything okay, Mr. President?

Yes.

Something very strange. I… I thought I was somewhere else entirely.

Suddenly…

Anyway. Hectic times.

Give us a minute.

[Diana] Excuse me.

Carl.

Diana.

Hi.

What a pleasure.

Good to see you.

How have you been?

Good.

This is Steve.

Steve, this is Carl.

My colleague.

Hi.

Shall we, uh…

Yeah, we shall.

I’m sorry, Mr. Lord.

In fact, I don’t even know what we’re supposed to discuss.

Exactly that, Mr. President.

These hectic days, hectic times.

And you.

[Carl] These aren’t exactly my favorite of the busts on display here, but it’s a little picture of my top ten, maybe top five at a push.

Oh, here’s something up ahead that will interest you.

These are floor tiles originally laid by none other than Jan Lincoln, a little-known descendent of Abraham.

You’re having some troubles?

Everywhere suddenly.

Cuba, Egypt, even here.

But Russia… very troublesome.

Mmm.

I appreciate your concern, but all the money in the world won’t help us now.

It’s not money I’m offering.

You.

You are a man of faith, and I have been very blessed lately.

I want to share my blessing with you.

The power of positive thinking.

Now… tell me, Mr. President, what do you need?

And you’re not speaking to me here, but to the universe.

What do you wish for?

What is there to wish for but more?

[wind whooshing]

More nuclear weapons.

More than they have.

Closer to ’em.

If I just had that in place, then they would have to listen to us.

[laughing] A nice thought.

And I grant you…

[groaning]

Oh… Oh, my…

[Maxwell continues groaning]

[breathing heavily]

And you know what I’d like?

I would want all of your power, influence, authority.

All the respect you command and the command everyone must respect.

[Maxwell groaning]

[laughing]

I mean, what else is there?

Now, tell your people I would appreciate absolutely no interference whatsoever.

No taxes, no rule of law, no limits.

Treat me like a foreign nation with absolute autonomy.

Very good, sir.

Right away.

What’s this?

[POTUS]

Global Broadcast Satellite.

Top-secret program that enables us to override any broadcast system in the world in case we need direct contact with the people of an enemy state.

So what does that mean?

You’re taking over everyone’s TVs?

How?

[POTUS] It uses particle beam technology, just like the Star Wars program.

Apparently, it bathes the landscape in a signal of particles that goes in and fiddles with any technology it touches.

New or old.

Broadcast whatever you want.

Very impressive.

You said “touches”?

As in the particles you are sending… are touching everything?

[POTUS]

It’s a figure of speech, but yes.

That’s how it was explained to me.

I need immediate access to this satellite.

And a chopper to get me there.

Yes, sir. Right away.

[grunts]

Well, aren’t you resourceful?

Come with me before you do any more damage, Max.

No. I don’t think so.

Remove this woman, please… permanently.

[Wonder Woman grunts]

[groans]

[both groan]

Are you okay?

I don’t know.

No, Steve. You can’t use that.

It’s not their fault.

[Steve panting]

[grunts]

[groans]

[both grunting]

[groans]

That’s neat.

[whimpering]

[both groaning]

Barbara.

I can’t let you do this, Diana.

[Steve grunting]

Barbara. What…

How…

I can’t let you stop Max.

You’re not the only one with something to lose.

Turns out wishing to be like you… came with some surprises.

[guard 1] Hands up.

Hands up.

[guard 1] Hands up, hands up.

[guard 2] Hands up!

Hands up!

[guard 1] Now! Now, now!

[all grunting]

[guard 4] Open fire!

[groans]

[screaming]

[groans]

Oh, how sweet, defending your love. Huh?

What do you wish for?

Do you wanna be a real boy?

No.

Just not to be handcuffed to you, but now I am.

[both grunting]

I just learned that.

[both chuckling]

[both grunting]

[groans]

[all grunting]

[Wonder Woman] Barbara, stop!

Ahh!

[groaning]

[both grunt]

Listen.

You have no idea what you’re dealing with.

I’m not what you think.

You can’t possibly understand or handle…

Oh, I can’t possibly understand?

[both grunting]

Oh…

Dumb little old me.

Dumb little, poor little nothing, nobody me.

I couldn’t possibly handle it.

No, Barbara.

That’s not what I’m saying.

Well,

I’m handling it beautifully.

And I’m not giving it back!

[all grunting]

[groans]

[panting]

Go.

Run!

Everyone, stand down.

Nobody hurts her.

They couldn’t if they tried.

[breathing heavily]

[groaning]

[Barbara] You’ve always had everything, while people like me have had nothing.

Well, now it’s my turn.

And you are not taking it from me. Ever!

But what is it costing you?

What is it costing me?

If it’s the monkey’s paw, it takes as much as it gives.

Yes, you’re strong… but what did you lose, Barbara?

Where’s your warmth, your joy, your humanity?

You’re attacking innocent men, Barbara. Look at yourself.

Forget about me.

What is it costing you?

Yeah, yeah.

That’s right.

Get used to it.

If you go after Max Lord… or hurt him in any way, I will destroy you.

Barbara!

[Steve yelps]

[groaning]

[Steve panting]

Are you all right?

[Steve grunts]

[Wonder Woman groaning]

[breathing heavily]

Room for one more?

Sir, you need to wait.

The President has a meeting right now.

[aide] We need to see the President.

He needs to be told.

This is a matter of life and death.

What is going on?

The Soviets’ early detection system picked up our new nukes.

What new nukes?

[CJCS] A hundred warheads just went online, ready to launch.

They’re taking this as an act of war.

Prepping to return fire.

Return? What?

We haven’t done anything.

That’s not how it looks.

And we’d fire for less.

[man 1] Are you kidding me?

You blew through that light right there!

You didn’t even see!

[man 2] How do you not see that?

[reporter] Riots across the world erupting as America and the Soviet Union end communication, declaring war!

No one knows any more than that.

But as you can imagine with what’s at stake, there has been madness down here in downtown Washington, D.C.

The national guard has been brought in…

Attention! Attention!

By executive order, all civilians must immediately evacuate the

Pennsylvania Avenue corridor between 3rd and 12th streets northwest.

[people clamoring]

[indistinct radio chatter]

[preacher] It is the final days of tribulation that is happening to us now.

Can you see what your sinfulness has done?

Your greed?

You gotta do something!

Come on! This way! Come on!

[woman] Riley!

[officer] All units.

Riley!

[officer] We need help.

It’s chaos out here.

[woman] Riley!

What do you want me to do?

I don’t know what to do.

Somebody help me.

I don’t know what to do.

[both panting]

Diana.

Diana, listen to me.

I had a great life.

Steve…

And you only made it better.

But you know what you need to do.

The world needs you.

All right?

No.

Yeah.

I’ll never love again.

I pray that isn’t true.

There’s a wonderful, big world out there.

This crazy new world.

[whimpers]

And I am so happy I got to see it… but it deserves you.

I can’t say goodbye.

I can’t say goodbye.

You don’t have to.

I’m already gone.

I’ll always love you, Diana, no matter where I am. I love you.

[breathing heavily]

I renounce my wish.

[crying]

[yelling]

[screams]

[gasping]

[Steve] It’s easy.

It’s only wind and air… and how to ride it.

How to catch it.

You made a wish too, huh?

[Maxwell laughing]

They’re a bitch, aren’t they?

Make you pay a price, but I’ve never been one for rules.

Luckily, I have a way to reverse it.

The answer is always more.

But you only get one wish.

But I, my dear, grant the wishes.

So I take what I want in return.

There’s nothing in this world someone doesn’t have.

I’ll rebuild my health, wish by wish, organ by organ… if I have to.

I’ll be invincible.

Tell me, what do you want?

I’m feeling generous.

I don’t want to be like anyone anymore.

I want to be number one.

An apex predator, like nothing there’s ever been before.

I like the way you think.

Go on.

[Maxwell] You heard we were coming, I presume?

How many broadcasting signals can I take over at once?

Well, as many as you like, sir.

I’ll take all of them.

All of them?

And I sure wish this works for me. Don’t you?

Yes, sir.

Lights, camera…

Okay, stations 12, 9, 16, go transmit.

I need it now.

16, 9, 12. Do you receive?

[army technician]

Copy. Maximum power.

Okay. Moving forward now.

Global transmission in five, four, three, two…

Citizens of the world, allow me to introduce myself.

I am Max Lord, and I’m here to change your life.

All you have to do… is make a wish.

Anything you want.

Anything you dream of, you can have it.

If you can dream it…

Daddy?

…you can achieve it.

So just look into my eyes… and make a wish.

Anything you dream of, have it.

[speaking Mandarin]

[Maxwell in English] Right now.

Do you want to be rich?

[fans clamoring]

Do you want to be powerful?

[Irishman] Yeah, yeah.

Whatever you say.

[Maxwell] Say it out loud!

You know what I wish?

What? What?

I wish all you Irish bastards would get sent back to where you came from!

Yeah? Well, I wish you’d drop dead!

[woman groaning]

[Maxwell] Look around you.

Make your wish!

[people making wishes]

Take what’s yours.

Whatever you want, you can have it.

I wish for a million dollars.

[men speak other languages]

[Maxwell in English]

Wish for it.

[people continue making wishes]

[Maxwell] Anything you want.

Anything you dream of, have it.

[laughing] Yes.

I can hear it.

[continues laughing]

I hear you.

Yes, say it.

Say it out loud.

[echoing] That’s right.

“I wish.”

Take it.

Take it. It’s all yours.

It’s all yours for the taking!

[people continue making wishes]

And I… I take your health and your strength.

Give her your rage and your prowess.

And I take your power.

I take your life force.

Yes.

Yes!

[echoing] That’s right.

You’re doing great.

[Maxwell laughing]

It’s all yours.

I wish you were here, Daddy.

I wish you’d come back.

Daddy, please!

All you have to do is wish for it.

I’m still here, Daddy.

Daddy, please!

[Wonder Woman] Barbara.

What did you do?

[growls]

[Cheetah roars]

[Cheetah grunts]

[both grunting]

[snarling]

[Cheetah] No.

You renounced your wish.

I had to. And so do you.

Nothing good is born from lies, Barbara.

We’re wasting precious time.

Even now, patronizing me.

[growls]

[both grunting]

[both grunting]

[gasping]

[Cheetah growls]

[yells]

[Wonder Woman] Barbara… I know you’re in there. Please.

Please, renounce your wish.

It’s over.

[both grunting]

Please!

Renounce your wish.

Never!

Then I’m so sorry.

[Cheetah groaning]

[people making wishes]

[Maxwell] That’s right.

Just wish for it.

[wind whooshing]

It’s yours now.

All you have to do is say it out loud.

Make a wish. Any wish.

Look into my eyes, and everything you’ve been waiting for, it’s all yours.

You’re too late.

[people continue making wishes]

[Wonder Woman grunting]

Granted.

Granted.

Granted.

Granted!

Granted.

Why are you doing this?

Don’t you have enough?

Why not more?

Why not wish for more?

But they don’t know what you’re taking from them.

We want what we want.

Just like you did.

So make a wish.

Very good.

[laughing]

[people continue making wishes]

[grunting]

Granted.

It’s too late, Diana.

They already heard me.

Already wished!

And those that haven’t yet…

[laughing]

oh, they will!

[moaning]

[grunting]

[Maxwell laughing]

[grunts]

Granted.

Granted.

Granted.

[groaning]

[people continue making wishes]

Poor Diana.

Why be such a hero?

You could have kept your pilot and your powers, if only you’d join me.

Wanna reconsider? [laughing]

I’m a forgiving man!

You want him back?

Just say the word.

You can have it all!

You just have to want it!

I’ve never wanted anything more.

But he’s gone… and that’s the truth.

And everything has a price.

One I’m not willing to pay.

Not anymore.

This world was a beautiful place just as it was… and you cannot have it all.

You can only have the truth.

And the truth is enough.

The truth is beautiful.

So look at this world… and look at what your wish is costing it.

You must be the hero.

Only you can save the day.

Renounce your wish if you want to save this world.

Why would I… when it’s finally my turn?

The world belongs to me!

You can’t stop me. No one can!

I wasn’t talking to you.

[grunts]

I was talking to everyone else.

Because you’re not the only one who has suffered.

Who wants more.

Who wants them back.

Who doesn’t want to be afraid anymore.

Or alone.

[Maxwell] Stop!

Cut the signal! Stop!

Or frightened.

Or powerless.

‘Cause you’re not the only one who imagined a world where everything was different.

[Maxwell’s father shouting in Spanish]

[Maxwell’s mother groans]

Better.

Finally.

[shouting continues]

A world where they were loved and seen, and appreciated.

Finally.

[boy 1] Oh, my God. Who is he?

He doesn’t even speak English.

What is he eating?

Look at his shoes!

[boys laughing]

[boy 2] Weirdo!

But what is it costing you?

Do you see the truth?

[men shouting]

[siren wailing]

[Alistair] Daddy!

Daddy!

[man shouting in Russian]

[in English]

The Russians are launching.

We’ve got orders to counter.

All right, all right.

[siren blaring]

[people gasping]

Alistair!

[car horn blaring]

[announcer on PA]

Emergency alert.

You have four minutes to find shelter.

[man shouting]

Alistair!

My son!

[announcer] Stay calm and stay indoors.

Alistair!

[Alistair] Daddy! Daddy!

Help me, Daddy!

[announcer] This is not a test.

Daddy!

[alarm blaring]

Daddy!

[announcer] One-minute warning.

Wait. My son!

I can see my son!

Save him, Max.

I have to save my son.

[Alistair] Daddy!

Alistair.

Daddy!

Daddy!

My… Alistair.

I renounce my wish!

I renounce my wish.

We have missiles disappearing, sir.

Yes, sir.

They are vanishing from our screen.

[news anchor] Only just hearing now that a ceasefire between the Soviet Union and the United States has averted a global nuclear crisis.

[news anchors speaking other languages]

[in English]

I renounce my wish.

I take back my wish.

I renounce my wish.

[people renouncing in other languages]

[breathing heavily]

[in English] Alistair!

Alistair!

Alistair!

[Alistair] Daddy!

Daddy!

Alistair!

Alistair.

Oh, Alistair, Alistair.

I’m so sorry, baby.

I’m so glad I wished you’d come.

I knew it would work.

No.

That is not why I’m back.

No.

I’ve been lying to you.

I’m not a great guy.

In fact, I’m a pretty messed up, loser guy.

And I made terrible mistakes.

But you… you don’t ever have to make a wish for me to love you.

I’m here because I love you.

I just… I just wish and I pray that, one day, I’ll be able to make you proud enough that you’ll be able to forgive me. And love me. Because I’m nothing to be proud of, Alistair.

I don’t need you to make me proud. I already love you, Daddy. You’re my dad.

[Maxwell sobs]

Sorry. Sorry.

Sorry.

It’s okay. [laughs] It’s okay.

[man gasping in awe]

So beautiful.

[chuckles] Sorry.

Just talking to myself.

It’s all right.

It’s just that…

It’s wonderful.

It’s so many things.

Yeah.

I know what you mean.

I like your…

I like your outfit.

You like…

Thanks.

You know, my friends… they kinda tease me about it, but it works, right?

You look great.

Thank you.

You just made my day.

Happy holidays.

See you around.

Happy holidays.

[sighs]

[imperceptible]

So many things.

So, so many things.

[siren wailing]

[man 1] Whoa!

[man 2] Look out!

[people screaming]

Oh, my God.

Mom, would you take her?

Yeah.

Um, excuse me.

Excuse me.

Please, you have to let me thank you, Miss…

Asteria.

Asteria. Wow.

That’s a beautiful name.

It’s from my culture.

I can’t thank you enough.

I mean, you saved my daughter.

How did you do that?

It’s just a simple shift of weight.

Takes practice.

But I’ve been doing this a long time.

[gasps]

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