The first official images from the Wonder Woman 1984 are here and we have a round-up of all the details.
2017’s Wonder Woman has been the DCEU’s only critically-acclaimed hit so far, and the character has rightfully become the official favourite for most DC fans.
Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince was the best part of Batman v Superman and her solo outing was full of feminist feels and diversity (though not as many female interactions as we would have liked).
Though the Zack Snyder-Joss Whedon mashup of Justice League attempted to diminish Wonder Woman’s presence, she still managed to come out on top.
Thankfully, the Amazon Goddess’ next outing will be in her solo sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, back in director Patty Jenkins’ capable hands. We could not be more relieved!
Following the release of the first publicity stills from the film, fans around the world have been aflutter with excitement. Here’s what we know about the film.
1 – Steve Trevor is back!
The very first still released was of Trevor in ‘80s garb, confirming what many expected – that Wonder Woman’s World War I partner, Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, would return.
But how exactly is this possible?? Last we saw of Trevor, the fighter pilot was making the ultimate sacrifice and blowing up a plane he was flying, thus sparking Wonder Woman’s realisation that humanity was actually worth saving.
Steve Trevor’s sacrifice clearly had a massive impact on Diana. In BvS, she became involved in Batman and Superman’s fight while trying to recover the sole photograph she had of Trevor from Lex Luthor (how Luthor found the photograph in the first place remains a mystery).
In Justice League, Trevor was once again used as a source of motivation by Batman to convince Wonder Woman to help the team bring Superman back to life (don’t ask).
The internet is already awash with theories about how Trevor survived the plane crash. Many are wondering if DC will borrow from Marvel’s book of resurrections and have him frozen, ala Captain America, but that seems too obvious. Could he perhaps be a clone instead? Or even just a relative who looks like him? We will have to wait till 2019 to find out.
2 – The ‘80s Aesthetic
Move over Stranger Things, the Wonder Woman sequel is here to fill our ‘80s nostalgia. We can tell from the silhouette of Diana’s coat that this film is going to be an ‘80s fashion extravaganza. When else would you see those padded shoulders?
As for her superhero suit, there seems to be little difference from her World War suit, at least in design. However, it does look super shiny and we are living for it!
The infamous big ‘80s hair is apparently going to make an appearance but sadly, it doesn’t look like Diana herself is going to have colourful, crimped hair. No, all signs point to Diana keeping her straight jet-black hair; must be those part-Amazon, part-Greek god genes!
There is something else we can deduce from one of the stills of Diana – ‘80s technology will play some part in this film. Check out all those screens Diana is looking at! Ah… nostalgia.
3 – Villain Revealed
Earlier this year, it was announced that Kristen Wiig would be donning the role of Barbara Minerva, aka Cheetah, Wonder Woman’s arch-nemesis in the comics. However, our first look at Minerva has not filled us with terror. She looks positively mousy in her glasses, mussed hair and overstuffed satchel, looking at animals in a museum (we assume).
Having said that, is anybody else getting some serious Poison Ivy, ala Batman and Robin, vibes from this still?
Say what you will about Uma Thurman’s scenery-chewing performance as the classic Batman villain, she certainly left an impression. In that film as well, audiences were introduced to Ivy in her timid, eccentric, and slightly batty (pardon the pun) botanist form. Could Jenkins be taking a leaf (these puns have a mind of their own) out of Poison Ivy’s book for Cheetah? Will the simple, wholesome Barbara Minerva we are seeing here do an about-turn part way through the film and turn into a semi-cannibalistic, bent-on-revenge super-villain? We cannot wait to see that.
Despite DC and Warner Brothers’ attempts at keeping things secret, people have managed to get photos and videos from the set, which they have promptly shared on social media. We are going to take these unofficial images with a pinch of salt though, mainly because they are out-of-context and may not even be in the final film.
Early indications do point to an invisible vehicle for Wonder Woman, though we are yet to ascertain whether it will be her Invisible Jet from the comics or an ‘80s-style vehicle, in keeping with the tone of the film.
Either way, what we have seen till now has given us plenty of reason to get excited for this Wonder Woman sequel!