Wonder Woman is finally back! Well, almost. The first trailer for WONDER WOMAN 1984 has arrived, and while it doesn’t make our wait for the June 2020 release any easier, it does have us even more excited for 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 to 1984, where she encounters new villains, old friends, and some major action. Let’s take a closer look at the thrilling new WONDER WOMAN 1984 trailer. We'll highlight a few of the notable moments and characters – like Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor!
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“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!
First things first: Precisely how 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. 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.
Diana has not one, but two new villains to contend with in WONDER WOMAN 1984. The first is 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. The 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?
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.
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 at the end of the trailer: It’s 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. We even seem to see her using the golden lasso to swing from bolts of lightning!
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