We may have a while to wait for Wonder Woman 2 (AKA Wonder Woman 1984), but there's more than enough reasons to be talking about the much anticipated sequel. Not only was Wonder Woman one of the best movies of 2017, but it's looking very likely that we'll get our first teaser for the film at San Diego Comic Con 2018, which is mere days away! Warner Bros. is heading up its usual Saturday morning panel and Deadline is reporting that we'll be getting something Wonder Woman 2 shaped, saying: “We hear that not only will [Gal] Gadot be showing up in Hall H for Warner Bros’ big DC presentation — she’ll be bringing a look at the Wonder Woman sequel with her.” Whether the tease will be released to the public or not is another matter, but don't worry because even if it isn't, we'll be at Comic Con to report on any exclusive footage which is shown in Hall H. Until then, read on for everything we know about Wonder Woman 2 so far.
- Wonder Woman 2 release date: November 1, 2019
- Wonder Woman 2 director: Patty Jenkins
- Wonder Woman 2 cast: Gal Gadot, Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig
- Wonder Woman 2 writers: Dave Callaham, Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns
The Wonder Woman 2 release date is coming next year
Sadly, we have some time to wait before we see Diana Prince kicking ass again in Wonder Woman 1984. The current Wonder Woman 2 release date is set for November 1, 2019 - more than a year away! This date could shift a little bit - and we can definitely expect a US and UK specific date closer to the time - bit if all goes well Diana should be back on the silver screen come the end of next year. Just to give you a little bit of context, the next new DCEU movie we’re getting is Aquaman, which hits cinemas this December. Then we’re getting the Shazam! movie in April 2019, before Wonder Woman 2 arrives. After that Warner Bros. has a solo Cyborg movie planned and a host of other DCEU films in the pipeline (see them all the link above).
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The Wonder Woman 2 cast features some surprises...
Not so shocking is the return of Gal Gadot as Princess Diana/Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, but the rest of the Wonder Woman 2 cast is raising a few eyebrows… Not only is Diana’s love interest and leading man from the first movie, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), returning, but Diana’s mother Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) and aunt General Antiope (Robin Wright) will also make an appearance. Why is this so shocking? Well - spoilers for Wonder Woman if you haven’t seen it yet - both Steve and Antiope are dead by the end of the film, and while Hippolyta is alive, she’s on the island of Themyscira to which Diana “may never return”. So how do they show up in Wonder Woman 1984? Especially considering it’s set in the ‘80s (more on that later)!
Word has it that both Hippolyta, Antiope, and the rest of the Amazons will appear in the film as part of a flashback, which makes sense and is very encouraging given that the female fighting force is one of the best things about the first film. As for Steve, the smart money is on him either being saved from his fate in the first film by a time-travelling wormhole, which has somehow disposited him in the ‘80s, OR it’s actually not Steve Trevor at all... Think about it; he could be a clone, he could be a version of Steve from an alternate timeline, he could be a descent of the Trevor family who looks an awful lot like his great-great-great-something-or-other uncle, or he could be a baddie disguised as Steve Trevor to try and throw Wonder Woman off! Basically, there’s lots of possibilities, but either way Pine is back for the sequel, which I personally have mixed feelings about (see above).
As for the rest of the Wonder Woman 2 cast, Kristen Wiig is joining as the villainous Cheetah, AKA Barbara Minerva, an archaeologist who is imbued with the powers of a cheetah-god. Jenkins announced the news via Twitter saying: “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.” There’s been a few version of her character in the comics, but in one of the more recent iterations she’s Wonder Woman’s friend before turning evil, something which may be supported by this Twitter report, which says: “I've heard that Kristen Wiig starts the sequel as Diana's friend, not her foe. She emulates Wonder Woman, then seeks to usurp her”. Finally, THR is reporting that Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal has signed onto the sequel in a mystery role, although it’s been rumoured that he will play a god in hiding.
When to expect the Wonder Woman 2 trailer
We can probably expect the first Wonder Woman 2 trailer at San Diego Comic Con 2018, which is very nearly here. This year’s SDCC kicks off on July 19 and with Marvel Studios giving it a miss this year, Hall H is looking distinctly bare. While Warner Bros. will no doubt be looking to push its more immediate release, Aquaman - expect a trailer for that too at Comic Con - I’m betting they’ll give us a little teaser for Wonder Woman 1984 as well. Whether that teaser gets released to the public or not is another matter, but GR will be providing round-the-clock coverage of Comic Con, so even if the first Wonder Woman 2 trailer doesn’t end up on YouTube afterwards, we’ll write up any exclusive footage we see in Hall H, so you don’t miss a thing. If you can’t wait that long for some hot Wonder Woman 2 footage, then there’s always this sneaky set video, which sees Jenkins, Gadot, and Pine on set in ‘80s gear. My favourite bit is when Pine impersonates the person filming them on their phone…
What is the Wonder Woman 2 plot about?
There were rumours that Wonder Woman 2 would be set in a later time period (but still not the present day) long before DCEU creative chief Geoff Johns came out and confirmed the ‘80s setting with a teaser image of the new title on his Facebook page. While we now know those rumours are correct, we’ve yet to have any word on the rest of the report, which claims that the Wonder Woman 2 plot will see the Amazon warrior battle Soviet forces in the dying days of the Cold War. Given the time period and the fact that the war setting of the first film worked so well, it sounds likely that a Cold War confrontation could be on the cards, but don’t expect another walk across No Man’s Land. The Cold War was just that… cold, which meant it was fought on both sides by spies rather than soldiers. Wonder Woman as a spy? This doesn’t quite fit with her noble and honest character, but Diana will do anything to prevent mankind from destroying themselves, so who knows? Maybe we’ll find out that it’s Wonder Woman who stopped the Cold War from getting hot...
Wonder Woman ending - 8 questions the sequel needs to answer
One thing we do know is that Wonder Woman will at least start out her 1984 journey in American. 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 2 “the story will take place in the US,” saying: “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.” This perhaps throws the Cold War rumour into some doubt given that Diana would need to be in Europe to fight Soviet forces, but maybe the Wonder Woman 2 plot merely begins in American before she travels to Germany, 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 2 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”.