Not every studio has to behave like Marvel. While films in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe are infamous for having an extra scene or two (or five) that tease sequels and spin-offs, Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe films aren’t usually down with that sort of thing, and Wonder Woman is no different.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, producer Charles Roven explained why the Patty Jenkins-directed movie would not have a post-credits scene. In short, it’s because the studio just didn’t want to — at least, not all the time. “I don’t think that we want to feel that we’re forced to do something just because we didn’t in the past,” Roven said.
The producer acknowledged the post-credits scene in last summer’s Suicide Squad, which had Ben Affleck, as Batman, having a really tense steak dinner with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). But that’s it. There were no post-credits scenes in Batman v Superman, nor in 2013’s Man of Steel, and it seems DC likes that just fine. (BvS opted to have Bruce Wayne watch what, essentially, were several teasers for Justice League, The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman right in the middle of the film instead of waiting for the credits to roll.)
Even non-Marvel or DC movies have featured post-credits scenes, all in pursuit of establishing a cinematic universe (read: franchise). This year, Kong: Skull Island had a teaser for characters like King Ghidora, Rodan, and Godzilla in order to set up a kaiju-heavy universe that will culminate in Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020. A month later, Saban’s Power Rangers teased Tommy Oliver, who in the original series became Rita’s evil Green Ranger. And last summer, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot teased the return of Zuul. It’s not clear if all of these movies are actually going to get sequels, however.
Wonder Woman is now in theaters. So after you see it, stick around for the credits to appreciate the cast and crew’s hard work. Don’t wait around for Justice League teasers.