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Wonder Woman breathed new life into Warner Bros.’ DC franchise, delivering an epic and entertaining origin story that showed the power of having strong women on the big screen—and behind the scenes. Titled Wonder Woman 1984, the upcoming sequel takes place in the 1980s, with lead actors Gal Gadot and (surprisingly!) Chris Pine returning.
Here’s everything we know about this highly anticipated sequel, including updates about Pedro Pascal’s character, and when we can expect to see the first trailer.
Wonder Woman 1984 trailer
The first trailer is expected to debut during Comic Con Experience in São Paulo, Brazil, on Dec. 8.
Wonder Woman 2 cast and news
While Wonder Woman 1984 didn’t make an appearance at San Diego Comic Con this year, director Patty Jenkins teased the film’s 1980s setting with a luminously colorful poster.
Jenkins and Gal Gadot then posted our first look at the film, starting with a photo of Diana in front of TV monitors as multiple images flash in front of her eyes.
Jenkins’ photo is even more intriguing as it confirms Chris Pine’s return to the franchise. The photo features Pine wearing a jumpsuit and looking confused as he stands in a mall (with passersby dressed in typical ’80s attire). Jenkins captioned the photo, “Welcome to WONDER WOMAN 1984, Steve Trevor!” which raises some questions.
Steve Trevor died at the end of Wonder Woman after sacrificing himself to ensure that a plane full of deadly gas couldn’t harm anyone on the ground. Is this Steve Trevor the same Steve Trevor that we saw in Wonder Woman who was transported to 1984 because of something like time travel, a descendant of Steve Trevor’s who is also named Steve Trevor (and looks exactly like Pine), a clone, or something else entirely? (It’s a comic book movie, so anything is possible.)
On June 27, Jenkins shared the first photo of Barbara Minerva, the character played by Kristen Wiig character in the Wonder Woman sequel, on social media. Minerva, as seen in the comics, is an archaeologist who’s hellbent on getting her hands on artifacts and has the ability to turn into Cheetah after seeking immortality and power.
Pedro Pascal also has a key role in the film, although until October 2019, Warner Bros. hadn’t confirmed who he was playing. Jenkins spilled the beans with an image of DC character Maxwell Lord, a supervillain whose businessman persona fits in with Pascal’s suit-wearing look in the movie.
Many fans hoped that Jenkins would return for Wonder Woman 2, and on Sept. 11 Variety confirmed that she would. The deal came after a lengthy negotiation process that took place over several months because Warner Bros. originally only hired Jenkins for one film.
Although the exact amount that Jenkins will receive for Wonder Woman 2 is unknown, her contract will include writing, directing, and producing credits along with a “substantial backend of box office grosses,” making her the highest-paid female director in Hollywood. Jenkins presumably had a lot more leverage at the negotiating table following Wonder Woman‘s massive success.
The screenplay was co-written by three people: Jenkins, longtime DC Comics writer Geoff Johns, and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham. Callaham’s involvement was revealed on Sept. 13, disappointing fans who hoped for another woman on the film’s core creative team. That being said, it seems that Callaham was personally recruited by Jenkins herself since they already worked together on a previous project.
Elena Anaya, who played the supervillain Dr. Poison, is contracted for multiple movies, so we may see her return. Jenkins didn’t completely rule out a comeback for Chris Pine’s character Steve Trevor, but that seems unlikely because Trevor is dead. And not the Winter Soldier kind of dead. Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright will reprise their roles as Queen Hippolyta and General Antiope in Justice League, but they haven’t been confirmed for Wonder Woman 2 yet. Oh, and Jenkins wants to recruit 1970s Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter for a cameo role! Here’s hoping.
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The new villain will be Cheetah, a character with the powers and appearance of, yes, a cheetah. There have been several iterations through the years, but the film will reportedly adapt Barbara Ann Minerva, an archaeologist who gains Cheetah’s powers using a ritual to the plant god Urzkartaga. Jenkins has confirmed Kristen Wiig will play Cheetah.
Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, and Gabriella Wilde have joined the cast in undisclosed roles.
Happily (if unsurprisingly), Robin Wright has confirmed she’ll return as the Amazon general Antiope—and that she’s filmed a sequence with Queen Hippolyta (Connie Britten), presumably a flashback.
Wonder Woman 2 plot
Jenkins told Entertainment Weekly that she already has a vision for Wonder Woman 2. She wants the story to take place in the U.S. Jenkins revealed at Cinemacon in April that the film will take place in the 1980s, suggesting the potential for a Cold War storyline.
Wonder Woman 2 has more creative freedom than the other DCEU movies. Jenkins and co-writers won’t have to worry about tying into big events from films like Justice League, unlike the more interconnected nature of films like The Flash.
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Wonder Woman 2 release date
Warner Bros. is now pushing back the release date of Wonder Woman 1984 by seven months. It was originally slated to drop Nov. 1, 2019, but it will now premiere June 5, 2020, which falls right in the middle of the summer blockbuster season and just over three years after the first film debuted in theaters. According to Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein, it cited the first film’s successful release during the summer as to why it was making the move. (Wonder Woman was the third highest-grossing film of 2017.)
We expect to see solo movies for Cyborg, Batman, and the Flash , but while Cyborg is scheduled for April 2020, The Flash and The Batman may be delayed due to shake-ups within their creative teams. Warner Bros. plans to release Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) in February 2020, make a Green Lantern Corps movie for summer 2020 and has several other spinoffs in the works, including Batgirl and a Suicide Squad sequel directed by James Gunn.
Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor