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"And then we just... what did you call it? Sway back and forth."

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  • Bruce Wayne dedicated time and most likely no small expense to track down and find the original 1918 group photo, and had it delivered by nothing less than an armored courier to Diana at her workplace (the Louvre museum in Paris). It's immensely thoughtful of him.
    • It was stowed in the armored car's secret floor compartment; Bruce is extending a courtesy of protecting Diana's secret identity as he would his own.
    • What makes it more touching is the fact that he clearly doesn't know the meaning behind the photo, yet respects Diana enough to send it to her anyway and to let her tell him its history in her own time ("Maybe some day you'll tell me your story").
    • Diana's email to Bruce at the end where she thanks him for bringing Steve back to her. Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
    • The fact that the entire movie is the story behind the photograph adds even more emotion to why Diana wanted it in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - she just wanted to see Steve again and remember the happy moments she had with him.
  • Young Diana is adorable and Constantly Curious, dreaming of becoming a warrior like the other Amazons. And Hippolyta is a good parent with her, educating her well and telling her stories about the gods and the gifts they gave to the Amazons. Antiope meanwhile is a Cool Aunt and secretly teaches her how to fight.
    • Special mention goes to the scene where young Diana is imitating the warriors training, and her aunt has the biggest smile on her face.
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  • When Diana accidentally injures Antiope, every Amazon drops what they're doing and rushes to see if she's okay. For all their talk of training for war and being ruthless, they don't have it in them to actually hurt one another.
  • Diana's awed face and the pure joy in her smile when she performs that huge jump to the armory tower, starts punching handholds into massive stone bricks with her bare fists and gets a first glimpse of her true power, is just plain adorable.
  • Hippolyta telling Diana "You have been my greatest love". It easily rivals Jonathan Kent's "You ARE my son!" with its tenderness.
  • Diana protects Steve from gunmen in an alley by blocking bullets, gender flipping a scene from Superman.
  • Diana's kind and awkward sincerity when facing the modern world for the first time is quite adorable. Standout moments include:
    • When Diana asks Steve why some men and women are holding hands as they walk, he tells her it's because they're "together". Without hesitation, Diana tries holding Steve's hand. As naive as Diana was at that point, it's also clear she was letting Steve know that she likes him.
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    • "AWW! A Baby!" when she sees a child for the very first time, and goes straight to coddling it before Steve stops her.
    • Her trying to get through the department store's revolving door WITH her sword and shield, and dashing through like a little kid when walking through proved unsuccessful.
    • Diana telling a humble ice cream vendor in all earnesty "It's wonderful; You should be proud" upon having one for the very first time. Though confused, the old man seems genuinely touched by this odd but kind gesture.
    • Less comedic, but when Diana angrily stands up in Parliament and chastises the generals present for making cowardly compromises and reducing men to numbers instead of fighting on the front lines with their warriors, a few of the old-men are visibly shaken with shame, showing that even they secretly long for a nobler, kinder age of honor. (Perhaps because most of them are old enough to remember, or even to have fought in, wars that didn't end with millions dead, conditions that didn't mentally destroy soldiers, and battles that didn't end in year-long stalemates for both sides.)
  • Bizarrely, Ludendorff and Dr. Poison laughing together as they murder the entire German high command. Doubles as Nightmare Fuel, of course, but it really sells their affection for each other.
    • On the same note, after Trevor steals Dr. Poison's formula notebook, and Ludendorff assures her that it's her own skills that he has faith in, not just the formulas she wrote down.
  • It's clear Steve, Sameer, Charlie and Chief go back a long way as friends. While the other three may act like mercenaries, it's clear they're joining Steve because they want to help others and fight for the war and their bond is shown through the film.
    Charlie: [offering mugs] May we get what we want.
    Steve: May we get what we need.
    Sameer: And may we never get what we deserve.
  • In the trenches of Belgium's No-Man's Land, Diana listens with horror and sadness from a young peasant-mother of the slaughter and enslavement of the village of Veld; and in spite of a pressing mission to destroy a German poison gas factory, would not betray her conscience and compassion any longer:
    Steve: We can't save everyone in this war! It's not what we are here to do!
    Diana: No... But it's what I am going to do! (Charges by herself into the rain of gunfire that is no-man's land to liberate the village of Veld)
    • When Diana begins to cross No Man's Land, Steve understandably freaks out... and Charlie and Sameer are visibly panicked, too. They barely know Diana, but it's obvious they still care about her.
    • The battalion itself tries to charge in along with Steve and the group, but the captain holds them back. When they finally get the all clear, they charge to help Diana, cheering in joy and relief at finally getting to leave the trench and the stalemate they've been stuck in for so long.
  • Chief talks to Diana about how he only works for money and sees war as just a business venture. However, after the liberation of Veld, Diana sees people offering Chief money in reward, only for him to refuse. She smiles as she realizes his mercenary image is just talk; Chief is a good man, no doubt about it.
    • Earlier he tells her about his people being driven off their land and killed by white men, flat-out calling them "His (Steve's) people", but Chief clearly harbors no hatred or ill-will towards Steve or any other white man, showing that he has learned to forgive for the past and live on for the future.
    • When the team returns back to No Man's Land, the entire battalion starts cheering loudly when they see Chief, clapping his back and shouting his name, calling him their "big man", with one soldier even tearfully embracing him in joy. Although Chief and his people lost practically everything in the Indian Wars and the genocide that went with it, it's nice to see that there are places where people accept him.
    • It's been confirmed by the writers that Chief is actually a Blackfoot demigod. Since he's presumably just as immortal as fellow god Diana, it's possible that the two of them are still friends a century later.
  • Diana and Steve's kiss. In the midst of almost literal hell and after having danced in celebration of a victory, at first Steve seems to be about to leave Diana for the night before changing his mind and going back to her, and she kisses him tentatively (at first). Gadot and Pine's great chemistry and their body language, since the scene is devoid of dialogue, convey perfectly that this is what the characters want and have probably wanted for a while.
    • It's worth noting that Steve shows his respect for Diana by changing his mind about leaving her room only after she gives him the indication that she wants him to stay. Makes the moment just that little bit more meaningful.
    • Keep in mind that Amazons view men as unnecessary for sex unless they wish to procreate, so the implied consummation shows Diana's love for Steve transcends culture.
  • After the liberation of Veld, lights have been strung up and people are dancing to music in the square to celebrate. A shot reveals that Charlie — who we've seen suffers nightmares, mood swings and a heavy drinking problem because of his experiences in the war — is the one playing the piano and singing in the tavern. Steve remarks that he hasn't heard Charlie sing in years.
    • It's brought back up shortly after, in an equally heartwarming way, when Charlie's the only one of the mercs who is hesitant to continue on. Not because of the lack of money, but because he thinks he doesn't have it in him anymore to help how they need. Diana's response, with an incredibly sincere smile? "But who will sing for us?" Doubles with Moment of Funny with Steve's and Sameer's reaction.
  • The next morning, as they're preparing to leave Veld, Steve tells Sameer, Charlie and Chief that they don't have to come with since they worked for the two days they were paid for. Even when told Steve can't pay him anymore, they refuse to abandon him, discarding their mercenary façade, saying Diana can take care of herself but Steve sure can't.
  • After Diana vanquishes Ares, the German soldiers, many who are just teenage conscripts hurriedly trained and sent to the front, seem to wake up, not just from being unconscious, but from Ares' influence. It's just like Diana promised, that once the god of war was defeated, they went back to being good people. It's beautiful to see the relief on their faces, like a fog has been lifted and they can once again see the beauty of the world. Even more beautiful is how they start embracing each other, with some even hugging Steve's crew.
    • The fact that in the end it is not Diana's anger and pain over Steve's death that gives her the power to beat Ares but her love for Steve along with his memory and what he stood for that allows her to triumph. Her anguish over Steve awoke her power. Her love for Steve awoke her purpose.
    • Another interpretation of the scene, which is arguably even MORE heartwarming, is that Ares never had any influence over them, and their reaction to the aftermath of the battle is simply a very human relief that they survived the events of the night, and just don't have it in them to start fighting again. In other words, they choose peace over war.
  • During the celebration for the war finally ending Diana sees a picture of Steve, leaning on his original fighter plane, as she touches it with tears in her eyes. There is a look of sadness for the death of her lover, but at the same time pride in her eyes. Her entire expression says Thank you for showing and giving me hope again..
  • "I love you, Diana." That moment will rip your heart out even as you thank it for the privilege.
  • Somewhat Fridge Brilliance, but after Diana spent most of the film believing the sword is what is needed to kill Ares, it fails. Why? Because you can't fight war with war. It takes Diana's braces, which are defensive objects she typically uses to protect others with, absorbing his blow and projecting it back at him, after Diana had embraced love and compassion over anger. Essentially, it's Diana's love and compassion that ends the God of War, not violence.
  • Diana trying to comfort Charlie after a PTSD-fueled nightmare. He shoves her off in embarrassment, and Chief explains that he "sees ghosts." Given the time period, when PTSD wasn't really seen as a "real" condition yet, when the higher-ups accused sufferers of being cowards, denied them proper medical care and even shot men with PTSD, it's also heartwarming that the others are sympathetic to Charlie's predicament and don't seem to judge him for it.
  • The home video Bonus Material stinger shows, seemingly as a result of the incredible experiences with Diana and Steve, Charlie has resolved to quit drinking alcohol, and actually appears to be succeeding in doing so, to the astonishment of his comrades.

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  • The reviews are out from Rotten Tomatoes. And oh boy, the fans are very pleased. It's truly a Throw the Dog a Bone to the DCEU itself, and surely a morale boost to its fans after the divisive reception of the previous films.
  • Why Wonder Woman matters.
  • Chris Hemsworth agrees that Wonder Woman could kick Thor's ass any day.
    • And as was briefly explored in the comics, Wonder Woman is indeed worthy to hold Mjolnir.
    • Even the rest of the actors from the MCU congratulated everyone involved in the movie for its success. Considering the ugly MCU vs. DCEU rivalry, it's good to know that the actors had rather not get themselves involved with that and gave the people on the other side a good pat on the back.
      • The so-called rivalry is likely just for show, at least these days. Remember that comic book readers are a small fraction of the greater movie-going audience, who largely do not distinguish much difference between Marvel and DC. When one company is doing poorly, it can affect the reception of the other company's product, and Internet thinkpieces about 'superhero fatigue' start making the rounds again. That cuts the other way too; "A rising tide lifts all boats."
      • Or this picture puts it, the rivalry has mostly been a creation of the fans (and certainly not all of them) and people actually working for the companies have no hard feelings towards each other. After all, Marvel has always referred to the other side as their Distinguished Competition.
    • Later on, while some inevitably tried to turn it into a Fandom Rivalry, as both films are their respective franchise's first solo superheroine vehicles, the Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel (2019) crews' genuine support for one another is touching. In particular, Captain Marvel lead actress Brie Larson has openly gushed about being a big Wonder Woman fangirl growing up and that she cried Tears of Joy when seeing the movie, and Gal Gadot herself congratulated Captain Marvel's success by posting a piece of fanart with Diana and Carol together on her social media.
  • Critics reporting that it isn't just how the film portrays women that is touching people's hearts. In New York at one screening a critic reported that when Sameer stated "I wanted to be an actor but I am the wrong color" the audience was visibly moved.
  • The many, many, many parents thanking Gal Gadot for giving their daughters a female hero they can look up to.
  • Someone working at a kindergarten wrote a list of things that happened after kids went to see this movie. One of the producers sent it to Patty Jenkins, who then posted it on Twitter and commented on it. Some of the things listed also count as being funny.
  • Director Patty Jenkins' response to the film being labelled as "cheesy" in this New York Times interview, which has been oft-quoted in the wake of the film's release to describe the emotional power of the film compared to other superhero blockbusters:
    Interviewer: This may be a cheesy question, but what do you want people to take away from this movie?
    Patty Jenkins: Did you say cheesy? Cheesy is one of the words banned in my world. I’m tired of sincerity being something we have to be afraid of doing. It’s been like that for 20 years, that the entertainment and art world has shied away from sincerity, real sincerity, because they feel they have to wink at the audience because that’s what the kids like. We have to do the real stories now. The world is in crisis. I wanted to tell a story about a hero who believes in love, who is filled with love, who believes in change and the betterment of mankind. I believe in it. It’s terrible when it makes so many artists afraid to be sincere and truthful and emotional, and relegates them to the too-cool-for-school department. Art is supposed to bring beauty to the world.
  • Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) sending his congratulations to Wonder Woman for beating him at the box office, in the form of a heart-hand symbol with a WW pendant in the background.
  • At the San Diego Comic Con in 2017, a young fan cosplaying as Wonder Woman approaches Gal Gadot and is overcome with emotion. Seeing this, Gal reaches out and comforts her the best way she can.
  • Gal's personal message to a 5-year-old Australian girl who's battling cancer.
  • Doubling with Fridge Brilliance: Mitsuishi Kotono, the voice of Sailor Moon, being the one to narrate Wonder Woman's Japanese trailer. One gets the feeling Tsukino Usagi would get along very well with Diana of Themyscira. Both are superhuman warrior princesses who start out as Wide Eyed Idealists and refuse to let go of their belief in the good of humanity even in the face of heartbreak, loss, and Breaking Speeches. Their outfits are slightly impractical for battle, but not canonically sexualized for the Male Gaze. Diana is the Roman name of Artemis - there are two characters by those names in Sailor Moon canon, both of whom are allies of Usagi's. Both have love interests who are massively outclassed by them, but are never intimidated by that fact. And both believe in The Power of Love, kindness, and empathy being the keys to saving the world, repeatedly so. The heartwarming factor here is that there is still room for gentle-but-strong figures like Diana and Usagi to inspire others in the cultural landscape of an increasingly dark and cynical world.
  • Seeing Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman, and Gal Gadot together, with Lynda praising the film and Gal's performance at every opportunity. Gal even calls her "Mama Bear".

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