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Wonder Woman 1984: Photos, release date, plot details, cast and more

Here's everything you need to know about Gal Gadot's return as the legendary Amazon heroine, in which she takes on a fur-ocious nemesis in a colorful decade.

She's a Wonder. 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 latest

In August 2019, an Instagram user shared a photo of actress Rosanna Walls in a hitherto unrevealed Amazon costume. The red-and-gold, one-shouldered outfit has a metallic appearance. Some speculated that Walls might be playing one of a splinter group of Amazons, the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall, sort of a lost tribe of violent mercenaries. Now, that'd be a new wrinkle for the movie series.

Even though filming wrapped in December 2018, according to star Gal Gadot on Instagram, in summer 2019 there were rumors of reshoots at Warner Bros Studios in London. CNET sister site ComicBook.com points out that while reshoots can scare fans (is this because the film is disappointing?), they're also fairly common.

According to North Wales Live, the film recently 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?

What about the first trailer? The Wonder Woman team didn't have a presence at 2019's Comic-Con (they did attend the 2018 event), but Jenkins has said promotion will begin in December 2019 -- so maybe a trailer then? Merry Christmas, WW fans!

The basics

What do we know so far? We know the sequel's title will be Wonder Woman 1984, and 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 in a possible spoiler, Steve Trevor getting his shopping mall on. (Is this really Steve? How can that be... never mind, it's the movies.)

And director Patty Jenkins is very excited about another character, the unidentified man played by Pedro Pascal, star of the Netflix show Narcos. Jenkins tweeted out a photo of Pascal with a loud tie and some serious 1980s Ken doll hair, declaring she "can't...stop...watching" the actor's work. The character Pascal is playing is still a secret, though fans on Twitter guessed he might be supervillain Maxwell Lord or, possibly, Vandal Savage

Jenkins and Pascal worked together on the 2015 TV movie ExposedGame of Thrones fans will know Pascal for his role as dashing but doomed Oberyn Martell.

At Comic-Con 2018, attendees were treated to some new footage.

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You can't stop Wonder Woman. She's coming back for a sequel.

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With Gadot as the lead in Wonder Woman, the heroic Amazon finally landed a full-on film of her own, and some critics call it the best feature ever in the DC film universe. (Batman v Superman will have to console itself with its shelf full of Razzies.) The film 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.

In 2018, Gadot released the first photo showing her in costume for the sequel. She's apparently landed herself a very 1980s curling iron, and the costume is looking shiny.

And in late June 2018, director Patty Jenkins released a photo of Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva, aka supervillain Cheetah, though Wiig is shown standing in a museum in a very-1980s outfit, not in full villain garb. (Minerva is an archaeologist in the comics, so the museum location makes sense.)

A sequel was inevitable, because DC execs are no dummies. Fans worried at first about whether Jenkins would return for the second film, 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.

Release date, production info

Wonder Woman 1984 is now scheduled for a June 5, 2020, release date, moved back from its original December 2019 release date to avoid competing with Star Wars: Episode IX. The title was confirmed by Jenkins, so get out your jelly shoes and Members Only jackets for the trip to the theater.

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 "4 very different locations in 3 countries."

Cast: Who's who?

Returning characters

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How is Steve back?!??

Warner Bros. Pictures

New faces

Plot news, rumors and theories

Don't be a Cheetah! Director Patty Jenkins confirmed  that Kristen Wiig will star as the supervillain Cheetah, calling Wiig "sensationally talented." 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 appears to be 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 that director Jenkins is "determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel." He notes that the movie is set in a completely different time frame and tells a very different story than the original. 

Totally awesome '80s: We know from the title that the movie will be set in that totally tubular decade of the 1980s. Gnarly! But also, serious! Screenrant says the new movie "will send Diana against the forces of Soviet Union in the closing days of the Cold War."  To be specific, the film will be 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: Many fans wondered if Chris Pine, who played Steve Trevor in the first film, would be back. Spoiler ahead: He sacrificed himself in the first film, so it would seem... difficult. But anything goes in comic resurrections (just ask thawed-out Captain America over at Marvel). And now that Jenkins has released a photo labeling it Trevor, we're left to wonder exactly how he makes his return.

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Here comes the general: Robin Wright confirmed to Variety that she will once again play General Antiope in the sequel. (Spoiler: It'll have to be in flashback or some other twist because the general sacrificed herself for Diana in the first film.)

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."

She's coming to America: The first film was set in wartime Europe, but for this one, the star-spangled superhero is coming to the good ol' USA. "The story will take place in the US, which I think is right," Jenkins told Entertainment Weekly. "She's Wonder Woman. She's got to come to America. It's time."

Dream come true: Indian actress Soundarya Sharma will play a role in the film, The Hindu newspaper reported in August 2018. While her role hasn't yet been revealed, it sounds major. "This I can say is a 'dream coming true' situation,'" the actor said. "It's exhilarating to be a part of such a larger-than-life character film where you get to play your dream role. I have always dreamt of playing such a character." Sharma is perhaps best known for starring in the 2017 Bollywood movie Ranchi Diaries. She's also studied dentistry, and that's the tooth.

This piece was originally posted May 9, 2018, and is updated as new details come out.

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