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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. On June 1, Patty Jenkins and longtime DC Comics writer Geoff Johns both posted a black image that read “WW84” as their header images. The cryptic image may suggest that the film takes place in 1984 (after Jenkins previously said it would take place during the ’80s) or that it has the year 1984 in the film title.
Here’s everything we know about its highly anticipated sequel.
Wonder Woman 2 cast and news
Warner Bros. unveiled its plans for San Diego Comic-Con 2019 on June 5, revealing that it would be skipping Hall H (the biggest panel room at the convention) and that it wouldn’t be bringing previews of some of its biggest upcoming releases—including Wonder Woman 1984—to fans. Jenkins confirmed on Twitter that we wouldn’t get a Wonder Woman 1984 preview at Comic-Con, but with the film coming out in exactly one year, she gave fans a tease in the form of a psychedelic poster of Wonder Woman in golden armor.
“We’re so sad to miss you there!” Jenkins said. “And waiting until Dec. to start our official
#WW84 campaign in full– But the truth is… we can just… barely… wait…”
We got our first look at the Wonder Woman sequel on June 13, 2018 (which Jenkins confirmed is titled Wonder Woman 1984) from photos shared by Jenkins and Gal Gadot that are already setting the scene—and one big surprise.
Gadot’s photo places 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.
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 will be co-written by three people: Jenkins, 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.
Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal has joined the cast in an undisclosed role, and in late July 2018, Jenkins posted our first look at his (as-yet-unnamed) character, looking very 1980s with blond hair.
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