It's been a long, long road to Wonder Woman 1984. The cast has been announced long ago, trailer after trailer has been released, and we've even seen what Kristen Wiig's Cheetah looks like in the flesh (fur?). It's been such a long time coming, but let's not lose sight of why we're hyped for Diana's big DC sequel: Steve Trevor in an '80s tracksuit and a high chance of shoulder pads coming back into fashion.
Yes, Wonder Woman 1984 is reliving the era of disco and hilarious haircuts. But watching the Wonder Woman sequel is decidedly 2020 in its nature. For most, you'll be watching at home. For others, it might necessitate a slight wait until it comes to streaming. However you choose to watch it, we'll have a guide on exactly when and how you can watch it this December, along with pretty much everything you need to know about Wonder Woman 1984. Let's do this.
Wonder Woman 1984 release date is now Christmas Day on HBO Max and mid-December in the UK
The Wonder Woman 1984 release date has changed. Again. For now, it's December 25 (Christmas Day) in the US and it's even coming to HBO Max too for a month. In the UK, there's a slightly unexpected change: December 16 in cinemas (if they're open then).
For Wonder Woman 1984, it's the latest in a long, long line of delays. Originally scheduled for December 1, 2019, it was pushed up to November 2019, and later delayed into the early summer window of June 5, 2020. From there, coronavirus concerns took hold and saw it retreat into August and, recently, October 2. Christmas 2020 looks to be a sure bet, though.
Director Patty Jenkins has reflected on the news, imploring people to watch in cinemas where it's safe but more generally being grateful that fans will finally get to see the finished product.
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Wonder Woman 1984: how and where to watch the Wonder Woman sequel
If you're in the US, this is nice and simple: if you're a HBO Max subscriber you can watch from December 25. It's also releasing in select theatres. As per The Verge, you'll also be able to watch it in 4K with Dolby Atmos and HDR10 (if your TV supports it) on the streaming service.
The UK situation is a little more muddled. It's coming to cinemas on December 16 but, as per Variety, may be available via the Sky Store from January if you would prefer to stream it at home. No word yet on pricing, but it's nice to have the option to watch PVOD so soon after release.
Wonder Woman 1984 trailers: FanDome gives a new look at Kristen Wiig's Cheetah
First things first, watch the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer just above if you haven’t seen it already. We’re about to recap what’s in it, and why it could be important for Diana’s big sequel.
Done? Good. So, big picture: we’re in the 1980s and Steve Trevor is back. Maybe. The trailer definitely doesn’t shed too much light on how the WW1 soldier has been brought back from the dead after his demise in the original Wonder Woman. It might have something to do with the magnate Maxwell Lord, played by The Mandalorian himself, Pedro Pascal. During the trailer he makes reference to “everything you always wanted.” For Diana, that’s surely poor old Steve.
He’s seen – complete with bum bag – in a handful of trailer scenes, including his confusion at the art of the 1980s, even mistaking a plain trash can for a masterpiece. However, it appears to come a cost: Lord says he will take something in return, and Diana is later seen fending off several guards. Has the Amazonian turned to the side of evil?
Then there’s the small matter of Di’s new BFF, Kristen Wiig as The Cheetah. Yep, the marketing isn’t even attempting to hide that the woman Diana is speaking to (and quite friendly with) at the beginning of the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer will eventually betray her.
The trailer even ends with a shot that will tide us over until June: Diana in her golden suit, presumably for a final battle with Cheetah. Where did she get it from? Maybe it all ties into the Themyscira flashbacks dotted throughout the trailer, with Robin Wright’s Antiope also confirmed to return.
The FanDome trailer, meanwhile, features Chris Pine wearing a fanny pack. What? We have to mention more? Well then. How about a first full look at Kristen Wiig's Cheetah? Plus some shots of the Wonder Woman villain going one on one with Diana in what is definitely not going to be the final act of the movie. Nope. No way. Nuh-uh.
On top of that, there's Pedro Pascal's Maxwell Lord scheming up a storm and a sprinkling of other set-pieces. October can't come soon enough. Watch it now!
Wonder Woman 1984 cast (and a first look at Kristen Wiig as Cheetah)
The Wonder Woman 1984 cast is heaving with familiar faces and more than one shocking return. Unsurprisingly, Gal Gadot is back as Diana/Wonder Woman for her fourth DC rodeo.
What’s more surprising, however, are the two dead characters confirmed to return. Chris Pine is back as Steve Trevor and appears to be alongside Diana in the 1980s. Robin Wright, who plays Antiope, is also back despite dying from a hail of German gunfire in the 2017 movie. She appears to be in a flashback judging by the quick smash cuts of Diana training on her island as a young child and leaping through the air in what is the then-present day of 1984. Also returning from Diana's native island is Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta.
On Trevor's return, Pine told EW: "In this one I get to be much more wide-eyed and joyful. My role is really just as a friend, lover, boyfriend-cum-bodyguard who’s trying his best to help Diana on her mission. I’m like the Watson to her Holmes"
The returnees will be joined by Kristen Wiig, who plays Wonder Woman’s nemesis, the villainous Cheetah. Cheetah appears to be friends with Diana at some point in Wonder Woman 1984, but the writing is surely on the wall when it comes to an upcoming double-cross. Announcing the casting on Twitter, director Patty Jenkins said: “So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true. So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can’t wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned.”
Another possible no-good schemer is that of Pedro Pascal’s Maxwell Lord. Interestingly enough, he’s best known in the comics as a businessman who manipulates several DC heroes including Wonder Woman.
On the villains of the piece, Jenkins told our sister publication Total Film magazine, “It turned out that the story was the thing that gave birth to the need for both [villains],” “It wasn’t that I thought I needed both. Cheetah was the villain that we were focused on having in this movie, but then Max Lord, throughout the history of Wonder Woman comics – he serves a very mechanical purpose, often."
We now have a full, official look at Cheetah after a sticker pack (of all things) originally had leaked the villain's design.
Wonder Woman 1984 runtime: (nearly) the longest DCEU movie
The Wonder Woman 1984 runtime has been reportedly revealed. The Korea ratings board lists it as being just shy of 151 minutes long, making it the second longest DCEU film behind Batman v Superman at 152 minutes.
That's not official yet, however, but could clue us in on what's shaping up to be a longer Wonder Woman sequel than we could have originally anticipated.
Wonder Woman 1984 posters
Check out the new character posters from #WW84 - in theaters June 5. pic.twitter.com/O27ARDQHpADecember 8, 2019
Get ready for these to adorn your bedroom wall, office, or wherever else you want to hung them up. The official Wonder Woman 1984 posters are beautiful. You can see the first four character posters above.
They’re perfectly ‘80s and filled with colour, spirit and more than its fair share garish patterns. Instantly iconic.
Diana is first up with her golden suit, while Steve Trevor looks suitably confused in his rendition. Cheetah is up next, with what could be the first look at her villain outfit – take a look at the animal print. Finally, Maxwell Lord looks just as smug as ever, with a green background showcasing his taste for all things money.
There's even international Wonder Woman 1984 poster to coo over. Check it out below. It even moves!
See you in ‘84! #WW84 pic.twitter.com/SZJcdw519AMarch 13, 2020
Director Patty Jenkins has also debuted a brand-new motion poster, with the spotlight shining bright on Diana's golden get-up.
We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema. In these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then pic.twitter.com/85ykQ8x6NEMarch 24, 2020
Finally, to complete the set of possibly the best posters ever attached to a film we have DC putting the glow in glow up with an even better pre-FanDome poster.
Wonder Woman 1984 plot: how does Steve Trevor return from the dead?
Nothing has really been revealed yet when it comes to the Wonder Woman 1984 plot outside of piecing together different scenes from marketing material. On one hand, that’s refreshing – trailers too often spoil the major scenes in piece-by-piece up until release (and there’s still time for that, of course) and on the other, it’s going to make for a maddening wait until October
But we can certainly come up with some watertight theories thanks to the just-released trailer. In it, it appears that Maxwell Lord will be offering Diana something that she truly desires (i.e. Steve) if he gets something in return. It’s not clear what that exchange is, but it is clear that Steve is back. We’ll also see more of Diana’s early development, as several flashback scenes are scattered throughout. Kristen Wiig's Barbara will also befriend Diana and, inevitably, betray her and potentially align with Max Lord under her Cheetah persona. Power corrupts, kids.
The big question, though, is that of Steve’s return. How is he back in light of the Wonder Woman ending showing him quite clearly dying? And why?
For what it's worth, Jenkins refused to answer the question of Steve's return when she appeared at San Diego Comic Con 2018 alongside Pine and the rest of the cast, but she did at least say that “it’s a very important part of our movie".
Pine himself has revealed he knew Trevor would be back for the sequel as early as when he was shooting the first movie, telling BBC Radio 1: "Patty had told me her idea somewhere in the middle of the first one and… when Patty gets an idea it’s a pretty powerful thing because you can see the kernel land in the dirt and then all of a sudden it just starts growing and becoming a tree you know, and she could make you do anything."
Wonder Woman ending explained - everything you need to know before seeing the sequel
One thing we do know is that Wonder Woman will at least start out her 1984 journey in America. In the first film she was based in Paris during the present day and we witnessed her origin story through her own flashback, which took us to Themyscira and then Europe during WW1. But Jenkins reveals to EW that for Wonder Woman 1984 “the story will take place in the US,” saying: “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”
This statement fits with the images and footage we've seen so far, which feature classic American shopping malls and Washington museum The Smithsonian, so perhaps the Cold War rumour will prove to be false. After all, Diana would need to be in Europe to fight Soviet forces, but maybe the Wonder Woman 1984 plot merely begins in American before she travels to Europe, or perhaps there’s even some secret Soviet spies trying to infiltrate and bring down the US from the inside?
As for the rest of the Wonder Woman 1984 story, it will hopefully feature the superhero’s classic transportation vehicle, the invisible jet, after Jenkins told Yahoo! Entertainment: “The invisible jet is very important [to Wonder Woman] and ultimately we have to have the invisible jet”. It may have been spotted in the trailer, too, as both Steve and Diana gaze at the fireworks overhead while sitting in a cockpit.
Wonder Woman 1984: Diana's golden suit
Finally, we can’t go without having one last look at Diana’s new golden suit, can we? Resembling the battle armour of the Amazonians, Diana’s golden suit gets an ‘80s-style glow up: heavy, broad shoulder pads, thigh-high boots, and a blindingly-bright colour palate all feature. It even comes with detachable wings.
Recovered from that style overload? Phew. You might be interested to know it’s actually a throwback to the comics, specifically the mid-‘90s series Kingdom Come. That also featured a time jump – but forward in time. There, Diana had her own Golden Eagle suit which allowed her more protection from incoming attacks. It helps that it also looks very, very cool.
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