With Aquaman now making a splash in cinemas, and no mention of the Justice League in sight, DC fans may be wondering what's going on with Wonder Woman 2, the upcoming sequel to Patty Jenkins' smash success superhero movie of 2017. The good news is that another Wonder Woman movie is coming, and it already has a title (Wonder Woman 1984). The bad news is it recently received a six month delay to June 2020.
Still, at least DC is being pretty transparent on the story details. We know that Wonder Woman 2 takes place in the 1984 timeline of the title, making it a chronological sequel by about 70 years, and that Kristen Wiig will be taking over from David Thewlis' Ares as new villain Cheetah. It's even been revealed that Chris Pine is somehow coming back as love interest Steve Trevor, despite dying in the first movie. Below, we cover all the latest and most important info about Wonder Woman 2 so far, including details on release dates, cast, story, and more.
- Wonder Woman 2 release date: June 5, 2020
- Wonder Woman 2 director: Patty Jenkins
- Wonder Woman 2 cast: Gal Gadot, Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal
- Wonder Woman 2 writer(s): Dave Callaham, Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns
Wonder Woman 2 release date
Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!✨🙅♀️✨ pic.twitter.com/Wj8ORUQLdgOctober 22, 2018
Unfortunately, the Wonder Woman 2 release date has been pushed back to June 5, 2020, which means we have a long time to wait before we see Diana Prince kicking ass again in Wonder Woman 1984. Originally set for November 1, 2019, the release date has shifted to take advantage of the lucrative summer period, which proved so successful for the first film.
Gadot announced the news in the tweet above and not long after, Warners president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein released a statement saying: "We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs."
Expect this new release date to shift again slightly when we get US and UK specific dates closer to the time, but hopefully it won't be delayed any further. 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 the year after.
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Wonder Woman 2 trailer
Some fans hoped we'd get the first Wonder Woman 2 trailer at San Diego Comic Con 2018, but while director Patty Jenkins did turn up with the cast and show off some exclusive Hall H footage, it was a bit too early for a trailer. The movie had only been shooting a few weeks at the time, after all!
Sadly, the footage - which featured Diana chasing down some bad guys in an '80s mall - hasn't been released to the public, but thankfully, we were there to witness it all, so if you want to know what happened, you can read all about it in the link below. So, when can we expect a proper Wonder Woman 2 trailer then?
Unfortunately, probably not for some time. Warner Bros. will be in no rush to show us Wonder Woman 2 footage with everyone already pretty hyped for the sequel thanks to the success of the first movie, and the studio will no doubt want to keep the focus on the DCEU movies coming out before Wonder Woman 1984 for now. Fingers crossed we'll get a sneak peek early next year, but for now we'll just have to be satisfied with 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…
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Wonder Woman 2 cast
Unsurprisingly, Gal Gadot is returning as Princess Diana/Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, but the rest of the Wonder Woman 2 cast is a little more shocking… 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 - 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”. Word has it that 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... well, I'll get to that.
New faces joining the Wonder Woman 2 cast include Kristen Wiig who will play the villainous Cheetah (more on who this character is later), which Jenkins announced 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.” Plus, Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal has signed on to the sequel in a mystery role - although it’s been rumoured that he will play a god in hiding - and Jenkins has recently given us a first look at his character via Twitter (above). Finally, American Ninja Warrior athlete Jessie Graff, revealed via a Twitter video that she too will appear in Wonder Woman 1984, and given her impressive physique, I think it’s safe to say that she’ll be playing one of the Amazons.
Wonder Woman 2 - Steve Trevor
It's the question on everyone's lips after Jenkins made the shock reveal that Steve Trevor would return for Wonder Woman 2. If you've seen the first Wonder Woman movie then you know that Trevor went down in a blaze of glory in the finale, sacrificing himself so that others could live. While we didn't technically see a dead body, we did see the plane he was on blow up into itty, bitty pieces, so how will he appear in the '80s set Wonder Woman sequel?
Jenkins refused to answer the question when she appeared at SDCC 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". Currently, the best theories suggest that Steve is either saved from his fate in the first film by a time-travelling wormhole, which drops him down in the ‘80... 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!
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 that "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." It's good to know that the idea came from Jenkins, rather than as a last minute business decision from Warner Bros. execs, but we'll have to see whether that translates to a plausible comeback for the character in the movie itself.
As always, the comics can provide us with some possible answers, but are often more confusing than helpful. Case and point; after dying (for the first time) in Wonder Woman No. 180, Steve comes back in Wonder Woman No. 233 as the ever-so slightly different Steve Howard, but it's eventually revealed that this Steve isn't a resurrected Steve Trevor at all, but actually the god Eros. Then, in Wonder Woman No. 270, a Steve Trevor from another world crashes on Themyscira and eventually has his memories replaced with those of the original Steve Trevor by the goddess of love Aphrodite in Wonder Woman No. 322. Which just so happens to be published in... 1984! Could the official Wonder Woman 2 title hint that we'll be getting some version of this story in the sequel?
Another rumour doing the rounds ties in with the secret identity of Pascal's character. SuperBroMovies is reporting that they have it on very good authority that Pascal is indeed playing a god and that he will make a deal with Diana to bring Trevor back from the dead in exchange for her doing his bidding. Uh oh. This would certainly explain how Trevor is in Wonder Woman 1984, but I don't think I need to say that Diana will struggle with whatever Pascal's character wants her to do as it is no doubt something bad/evil. Either way, no matter how it happens, it looks like Steve Trevor is back for Wonder Woman 2, which I personally have mixed feelings about (see above).
Wonder Woman 2 - Cheetah
It's official - Wonder Woman 2's villain is Cheetah, as played by Kristen Wiig. But what do we know about the character? Other than a first look at Wiig in Wonder Woman 1984 (above), we don't know much about the baddie, but thankfully the comics can at least tell us a little bit about what to expect from Cheetah. Making her debut in Wonder Woman No. 6, the first Cheetah didn't actually have any superpowers, but was a debutant with a split personality who tries to take down Wonder Woman after she outshines her at a charity event. Talk about an overreaction!
There's been four different incarnations of the Cheetah in the comics so far, but it's widely believed that the version we'll see in Wonder Woman 2 will be the current Cheetah also known as Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva. Barbara is a British archaeologist who is imbued with the powers of a cheetah-god, including enhanced strength and speed, a heightened sense of smell and hearing, and sharp fangs and claws when in cheetah-form. However, it's a blessing and a curse as Barbara suffers great pain and even a physically disability when in her human form, although it's unclear whether this aspect will be adopted in Wonder Woman 2.
In terms of her relationship with Wonder Woman, she originally comes into conflict with Diana after trying to steal the Lasso of Truth, but after a while their conflict becomes more about Cheetah's ego than anything else. Having said that, they have a complicated relationship and on more than one occasion in the comics they come to each other's aid. This would tie in with some rumours about Wonder Woman 2, which suggest that Barbara will start out as Diana friend before becoming her enemy. Indeed, The New York Times' Kyle Buchanan recently reported the below although the tweet has since been deleted:
Wonder Woman 2 plot
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 official 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 means 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 prevented the Cold War from heating up...
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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 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 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 2 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 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”.