Wonder Woman 1984 is out in *checks calendar* just under nine months. So, why aren't more people talking about it? Simply put, director Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, and company are keeping relatively tight-lipped about everything, from shock cast inclusions (Chris Pine back as Steve Trevor) to the plot, and even when we can expect a trailer.
However, we did say relatively. Alongside a Wonder Woman 1984 release date, we have descriptions of footage, as well as a colourful poster, and quotes from last year's big San Diego Comic-Con reveal. There's also a look at the two villains who could be going up against Diana, including a former Game of Thrones alumni.
Grab your Lasso of Truth, stick on those gauntlets, and get rocking and rolling down to the go-go '80s. Here's everything you need to know about Wonder Woman 1984.
- Wonder Woman 1984 release date: June 5, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 director: Patty Jenkins
- Wonder Woman 1984 cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal
- Wonder Woman 1984 writer(s): Dave Callaham, Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns
Wonder Woman 1984 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 1984 release date has been pushed back to June 5, 2020, which means we have a little while 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.
Wonder Woman 1984 trailer
Some fans hoped we would get the first Wonder Woman 1984 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.
Sadly, the exclusive Comic Con footage - which featured Diana chasing down some bad guys in an '80s mall - hasn't been released to the public. Thankfully, though, 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 1984 trailer?
Hopefully, later this year. The original also had a summer release window and, often, earlier movies provide the best barometer for when to expect a sequel's trailer. If that's the case, we could perhaps expect one very soon.
With recent news (via WonderWoman84HQ on Twitter) that the movie is reportedly undergoing reshoots in London, we could be entering the final stretch for marketing preparations. Once filming is wrapped and in the can, things can properly start moving for a trailer. Expect something perhaps at the very tail-end of this year if that's the case.
Read more: Here's what happened in the Wonder Woman 1984 footage shown at San Diego Comic Con 2018
Wonder Woman 1984 cast
Unsurprisingly, Gal Gadot is returning as Princess Diana/Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. However, the rest of the Wonder Woman 1984 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”.
New faces joining the Wonder Woman 1984 cast include Kristen Wiig, who will play the villainous Cheetah (more on her later). Jenkins announced the casting on Twitter 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 (he of eyeball-gouging fame) has signed on to the sequel in a mystery role - although it’s been rumoured by supposed insider Daniel Richman that he will play a god in hiding - and Jenkins has also 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. Given her impressive physique, we think it’s safe to say that she’ll be playing one of the Amazons.
Wonder Woman 1984 poster
The most recent piece of news to come from director Patty Jenkins is the Wonder Woman 1984 poster, which you can see below.
By now you’ve heard: WB isn’t going to Hall H this year. We’re so sad to miss you there! And waiting until Dec. to start our official #WW84 campaign in full-- But the truth is… we can just… barely… wait… pic.twitter.com/QllFzhYRA6June 5, 2019
Filled with resplendent colour, the Wonder Woman 1984 poster also has our first look at Diana's new outfit. The golden plates and, yes, the big shoulder pads (it is the '80s, after all) are strikingly different from both her get-up in the original movie as well as her appearance in Batman v Superman.
Wonder Woman 1984 - Steve Trevor
It's the question on everyone's lips after Jenkins made the shock reveal that Steve Trevor would return for Wonder Woman 1984.
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 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".
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 descendant 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. Or, most likely of all, he's some sort of PTSD hallucination of Diana's. There's lots of potential there.
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."
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. Case in point; after dying (for the first time) in Wonder Woman #180, Steve comes back in Wonder Woman #233 as the ever-so slightly different Steve Howard. 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 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.
Wonder Woman 1984 - Cheetah
It's official - Wonder Woman 1984's villain is Cheetah and will be played by Kristen Wiig. So 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. Yhankfully 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 1984 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 1984.
In terms of her relationship with Wonder Woman, she originally comes into conflict with Diana after trying to steal the Lasso of Truth. After a while their rivalry 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 1984, 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 1984 plot
There were rumours that Wonder Woman 1984 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. Now that we know those rumours were correct, we’ve yet to have any official word on the rest of the report, which claims that the Wonder Woman 1984 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 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”.
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