Everyone might be talking about the Captain Marvel trailer, but don't forget we've got another kick-ass female superhero movie coming in 2019... and Wonder Woman got here first! Ok, in all seriousness, Captain Marvel and Wonder Wonder 2 are not in competition with each other - wouldn't it just be great to have two really good female superhero movies next year? - but if you're excited for one, no doubt you care about the other too.
The first Wonder Woman movie was one of the best movies of 2017 so it's no surprise that Warner Bros. didn't wait around to confirm a sequel and, despite its November 2019 release date, we actually know a surprising amount about it. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot are back (as well as some more familiar faces - more on that below), there's a new villain in the form of Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah, it's set in the '80s, and it's called Wonder Woman 1984.
If that's not enough to satisfy your thirst for Wonder Woman 2 knowledge, then read on for everything else we know about the sequel so far. From when we can expect the first trailer, to what happened in that exclusive San Diego Comic Con 2018 footage, we've got it all! Plus, with the movie currently filming, we can expect more Wonder Woman 2 news to drop at any moment, so make sure you check back regularly to keep up-to-date with everything and anything related to Wonder Woman 2 up until its release.
- Wonder Woman 2 release date: November 1, 2019
- 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
The Wonder Woman 2 release date is set for 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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When can we expect the Wonder Woman 2 trailer?
Some fans hoped we'd get the first Wonder Woman 2 trailer at SDCC 2018, but while 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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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 - 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.
How will Steve Trevor return in Wonder Woman 2?
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!
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? Maybe, but who knows! There’s so many possibilities, but either way Steve Trevor is back for Wonder Woman 2, which I personally have mixed feelings about (see above).
Wonder Woman 2's villain Cheetah could start out as a friend
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 #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:
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 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 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 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 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 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”.