Wonder Woman 1984: Everything You Need to Know
11/23/2020 • 4 min read
Wonder Woman is finally back! Well, almost. We've now seen a few trailers for WONDER WOMAN 1984, and the latest tells us a lot more about Gal Gadot’s return as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman.
As indicated by the title, the next chapter in Diana’s journey takes the hero forward several decades from the World War I setting of her original movie to 1984, where she encounters new villains, old friends, and some major action. Let’s take a closer look at WONDER WOMAN 1984, and the thrilling trailers in particular. We'll highlight a few of the notable moments and characters, and look at the real reason that Steve Trevor is able to return.
Watch the First Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer
“My life hasn’t been what you probably think it has,” Diana says in voiceover as the trailer begins. There’s a shot of her in full Wonder Woman gear, moving through the background of a shot, and a closeup of a dresser in her home. A photo of Diana at Trevor Ranch sits next to a watch that belonged to Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine in the first film. Next, we see Diana chatting with a new friend, played by Kristen Wiig. It’s clear that she’s a bit of an introvert and kind of lonely; she’s obviously overcompensating when she tells Diana that she’s been in love many times. Cue an ’80s needle drop, as New Order’s “Blue Monday,” sets the mood and punctuates the action shots that follow.
While we don’t get to see Kristen Wiig’s character in villain-mode, we do get a look at a couple of new Wonder Woman costumes and another villain, Maxwell Lord, played by “Game of Thrones” vet Pedro Pascal. There’s a fight scene in a mall (so ’80s!), some thrilling flashbacks to Diana’s life on Themyscira, and the highly-anticipated reunion between Diana and her lost love, Steve Trevor. Whew! That’s a lot to take in!
Steve Trevor Is Back? Steve Trevor Is Back!
First things first: How the heck is Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor back? And he’s not just back, but he’s alive and somehow he’s traveled through time from World War I era to 1984. Really, the only question here is “How?!” Director Patty Jenkins, who also directed the first WONDER WOMAN, isn’t revealing the particulars of Steve’s return just yet, but there has to be a really interesting explanation. We probably won’t find out until the sequel hits theaters, but based on the trailer, it looks like Jenkins found a clever way to reverse Diana and Steve’s roles.
In the first film, Diana was the fish out of water – a super-powered warrior from an island beyond the realm of human men. There was so much Diana didn’t understand about our world, which was both hilarious (learning about women’s clothing in the early 20th century) and heartbreaking (discovering how destructive we can be). This time around, it’s Steve who’s the fish out of water. A lot has changed in 70 years (including trash cans!), and Diana’s going to show him the ropes.
Check out the Latest Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer
The latest trailer for WONDER WOMAN 1984 begins to answer the question of how Steve Trevor returns. "I'm here to change your life," says new villain Maxwell Lord early in the trailer. "Anything you want — anything you dream of — you can have it!" Just after this, Steve Trevor reappears. Is he a manifestation of whatever Lord does? That's certainly the implication though we would not be surprised to discover there's more going on.
A recent Hong Kong trailer even includes a shot that seems to suggest Diana will have to say goodbye to Steve once again, which calls the nature of his return even further into question. No matter how it happens, or how things end up, we're excited to enjoy more of the charismatic interplay between Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.
Intriguing New Foes
Diana has not one, but two new villains to contend with in WONDER WOMAN 1984. The first is the aforementioned Maxwell Lord, a wealthy entrepreneur played by Pedro Pascal. In the years since DC Comics introduced Lord in 1987, the character has undergone several changes, but a few things have remained consistent: He’s from a wealthy family, he’s a successful businessman, and he likes to manipulate the superheroes of the Justice League. Lord also has mental abilities that allow him to control other people, which is something that might come into play in WONDER WOMAN 1984. One trailer shows Lord looking obsessively at a crystal. Does this object give him power? And where did it come from? More importantly, is Lord influencing the people closest to Diana – like Steve? Or has he influenced Diana to believe that Steve is back?
The other major villain in WONDER WOMAN 1984 is Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig. Like her heroic enemy, the character was created by William Moulton Marston. He used Wonder Woman as an allegory for truth and justice, and Cheetah as a metaphor for negative emotions like jealousy. Cheetah has been the villainous alter-ego of several DC characters over the years, and the version in WONDER WOMAN 1984 is Barbara Minerva, who was introduced in the comics in 1985. Barbara is an archaeologist who takes an interest in Diana and, after acquiring Cheetah-like super-powers, becomes Wonder Woman’s arch-nemesis. Think of Cheetah like Wonder Woman’s version of Catwoman, and in this case, it seems like she is also enabled by Maxwell Lord.
Flashy New Threads
Wonder Woman has a new costume to go with each of her new villains. Her classic costume gets a slight update for the ’80s – the biggest change is her footwear, with her flat boots replaced by golden platform boots. Multiple close-ups give us a good look at the hero's skills, as when she ejects a cartridge from a pistol before using a gauntlet to swat it back at an attacker — and also at the details that have remained constant, such as Diana's leather hand wraps.
The more notable costume is a gold armored suit with wings and a helmet. In the comics, this is Diana’s Golden Eagle armor, and it was originally created for the Amazon warriors of Themyscira. And yes, those wings mean we’re going to see Wonder Woman fly. In fact, you can see her in flight in a new Japanese trailer, which is just above. We even seem to see her using the golden lasso to swing from bolts of lightning! And the latest trailer also shows us that Cheetah gets a new look at some point, too, as she becomes fully animalistic. That should make for — excuse our pun — a wonderful battle.
That 1980s Look
The 1980s setting offers a lot more than just new costumes. There's a whole period-specific world in which Diana and Steve get to romp. A new featurette from Revlon, of all places, shows off a lot more of the scene-setting details — including a very '80s shot of Diana decked out in an iconic jogging outfit, complete with first-generation Sony Walkman headphones. Yes, this is mostly an ad for makeup, but it does show us a few views of WONDER WOMAN 1984 that we had not yet seen.
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