Forget the invisible-jet-flying Wonder Woman from the delightfully cheesy SuperFriends cartoon. Fans met an entirely new heroine in the 2017 blockbuster feature simply called Wonder Woman.
We've been waiting for the sequel almost since walking out of the theater and will collect news and views about it here. The basics: It's called Wonder Woman 1984, and filming finished up last December. (Read: Wonder Woman 1984 en español.)
The first trailer was released in early December 2019 at the CCXP comic expo in Brazil.
It hints at a friendship between Gal Gadot's Diana Prince and Kristen Wiig's Barbara Minerva, an archaeologist who channels an ancient goddess known as Cheetah. (Cheetah's a known WW villain, so this friendship is doomed.)
Spoiler alert: The trailer also reveals that yes, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is back. He sacrificed himself in the first film, so we're not sure how this works out, but it's a good decision plot-wise, even if it doesn't make sense continuity-wise.
Wonder Woman was the third-highest-grossing movie of 2017, behind only Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Fans worried at first about whether Jenkins would return for the sequel, but she signed on in September 2017. Variety reported that Jenkins would earn around $8 million to direct, produce and work on the script, which would make her the highest-paid female director of all time.
The sequel's title is Wonder Woman 1984, so obviously, it's set in the neon-splashed Reagan Era. Two photos released in 2018 show Diana marveling at some very 1980s TV screens (J.R. Ewing!) and Steve Trevor getting his shopping mall on.
At Comic-Con 2018, attendees were treated to some new footage.
Release date, production info
Wonder Woman 1984 is now scheduled for a June 5, 2020, release, moved back from its original December 2019 release date to avoid competing with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Jenkins wrote the script with Geoff Johns, president and chief creative officer of DC Comics, and screenwriter Dave Callaham.
Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer will score the film. Zimmer originally composed Wonder Woman's theme song for her film debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.
Gadot noted on Dec. 23, 2018 that she had filmed in "four very different locations in three countries." According to North Wales Live, the film shot some scenes at an iconic waterfall in Snowdonia, a Welsh national park. We can imagine WW battling a baddie in front of (or under?) a rushing waterfall, can't you?
Cast: Who's who?
- Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman
- Chris Pine as Steve Trevor
- Robin Wright as General Antiope
- Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta
- Kristen Wiig as supervillain Cheetah
- Pedro Pascal, as villain Maxwell Lord
- Soundarya Sharma, in an unknown role
Plot news, rumors and theories
Don't be a Cheetah! Cheetah has long been a nemesis of Wonder Woman, with four different incarnations since her 1943 debut. (In 2001, a man briefly took on the title of Cheetah, but the other three have been women.) Early Cheetahs were just women in costumes, but more recent versions morph into a human-cheetah hybrid and have enhanced strength and agility, plus deadly claws and fangs. Thanks to a photo Jenkins shared in late June 2018, Wiig's version of Cheetah was revealed as archaeologist Barbara Minerva, but there's also no need for the film to stick closely to any comics story.
Not a sequel: Producer Charles Roven told Vulture director Jenkins is "determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel." He notes the movie is set in a completely different time frame and tells a very different story than the original. Maybe that explains how Steve Trevor returns -- it's a new iteration where he didn't die.
To the Max
In October 2019, director Patty Jenkins confirmed that Pedro Pascal will play villain Maxwell Lord. In the Wonder Woman comics, Lord is a human businessman who can control others' minds. Jenkins and Pascal worked together on the 2015 TV movie Exposed. Game of Thrones fans will know Pascal for his role as dashing but doomed Oberyn Martell. He's seen in the trailer as an infomercial king.
Totally awesome '80s: The film is set in 1984, the year of the Los Angeles Olympics. To get into the 1980s spirit, the cast also posed for a photo that mimics the poster for John Hughes' 1985 hit The Breakfast Club.
Pining for Pine: Yes, Chris Pine, who played Steve Trevor in the first film, is back, despite apparently dying in the first film. But anything goes in comic resurrections (just ask thawed-out Captain America over at Marvel). And now that he's shown up in the first trailer, we're left to wonder exactly how he makes his return.
Here comes the general: Robin Wright will once again play General Antiope in the sequel. She's seen in the trailer. Spoiler: Like Trevor, the general sacrificed herself for Diana in the first film, but who can blame Patty Jenkins for wanting the character back? Connie Nielsen is also back as Hippolyta.
Seventies superstar: Until Gadot came along, the iconic onscreen Wonder Woman was Lynda Carter, who starred in the 1970s television series. Could Carter make a cameo appearance in the sequel? In early 2018, Jenkins was asked about that. "We'll see," she told Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart. "Lynda is one of the dearest people to us, has been a great mentor and dear friend. And we actually desperately tried to get her in the first one and we had the scheduling that couldn't work, so she's always been a part of our Wonder Woman family. We won't say anything yet, but we certainly -- there's no lack of trying."
This piece was originally posted May 9, 2018, and is updated as new details come out.