The year 2020 is looking bright for not only DC moviegoers, but also for the fans of great films. Not only are the Birds of Prey making their big screen debut with Margot Robbie headlining the film, but fans are getting a sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman. Diana Prince, portrayed by Gal Gadot, is back in action, and this time she will be facing her biggest test yet – the 80s.
Here’s everything you need to know and that we know about Wonder Woman 1984 from the cast to the plot and everything in between.
Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to hit theaters on June 5, 2020. It will be the second DC Extended Universe film released in 2020, following Birds of Prey’s February release. Originally, the film was slated to be the next DCEU film after Shazam!
It was previously scheduled to come out November 1, 2019, but that release was pushed back in late 2018. Warner Bros. never gave a reason for the delay, however it is likely due to the fact that an untitled Marvel film (most likely Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3) vacated a July, 2020 slot. With the highly competitive summer movie landscape,this is hopefully a sign the studio is confident the sequel is strong enough to repeat the success of the original.
CAST AND CREW
Patty Jenkins is returning to direct Wonder Woman 1984. Jenkins also co-wrote the screenplay with Geoff Johns and David Callaham. Hans Zimmer will score the film, making this his first DC movie since Batman v Superman.
Gal Gadot will return as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. This makes Wonder Woman 1984 her fourth DCEU appearance. Connie Nielsen is also returning (via flashback scenes) as Queen Hippolyt, and Robin Wright as General Antiope. Chris Pine, shockingly, will also reprise his role as Steve Trevor, despite his character having died in the climax of the 2017 film.
1984 will be adding several new characters to the DCEU. Amongst these new characters is Kristen Wiig as Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah, the film’s main antagonist. Pedro Pascal has also been cast as a mysterious businessman who fans are speculating is either Maxwell Lord or Doctor Psycho. Some other additions to the cast include Kelvin Yu as Jake, Lyon Beckwith as Buzz and Oakley Bull as Kelly. Ryan L. Price, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde and Kristoffer Polaha have all been cast in undisclosed roles.
Warner Bros. has kept the plot of Wonder Woman 1984 a secret for now. The title, however, alone gives away the time period. The sequel jumps forward from World War I to the 1980s, as Diana is confronting the consumer-driven culture of President Reagan’s America. This could lead her to get involved in the Cold War one way or another. Given what we know about Diana’s DCEU history in between the events of Wonder Woman and Batman v Superman, 1984 will most likely show her attempting to maintain a low profile until some new threat forces her from hiding and defend the world once more.
The plot will likely focus on the relationship between Diana and Barbara Ann Minerva, an archaeologist searching for the lost city of Urzkartaga. After finding the city and encountering the goddess within, Barbara Ann will be transformed into Cheetah. Previous DCEU movies like Wonder Woman and Batman V. Superman, have shown that Diana works as a museum curator. This leads us to expect Barbara Ann to be portrayed as a friend and colleague of Diana before turning evil.
While Pascal’s character is a mystery, a teaser image suggests he is playing a powerful business executive of some sort. Many have speculated that Pascal is playing the villain Maxwell Lord. In the comics, Lord was once the financial backbone of Justice League International before isolating himself as a telepathic supervillain. Another theory that has gained speed is Doctor Psycho, a villain who also possesses psychic abilities and harbors a long-standing grudge against Wonder Woman.
The biggest mystery surrounding 1984 involves the return of Steve Trevor. One of the first teaser images released showed Pine’s character standing in a mall with a confused expression. It seems as if the character has not aged since WWI. This could suggest that Steve is transported away from the plane explosion that supposedly claimed his life, and into the future.
The movie could also be taking a page from the 1977 TV series by casting Pine as the descendant of the original Steve Trevor. Other, outlandish theories have been put together, with filmmaker Kevin Smith speculating that Pine is actually playing the shape-shifting hero Martian Manhunter. Whatever the explanation for Steve’s return is, expect his reunion with Diana to be one of the emotional centerpieces of the sequel.
THE DCEU CONNECTION
Wonder Woman 1984 is a direct sequel to 2017’S Wonder Woman, as well as the ninth film in the DCEU overall. However, it’s unclear how much direct impact the film will actually have on the larger DCEU timeline. Superheroes, like Wonder Woman, are all but an unknown phenomenon to humanity at this stage. Recalling from the beginning of Batman v Superman Thomas and Martha Wayne were murdered in 1981, this means Bruce Wayne is still a child mourning the deaths of his parents. Clark Kent had also only recently crash-landed in Smallville.
Whatever unfolds in Wonder Woman 1984, it is most likely not going to result in Diana and the Amazons making their existence known to the outside world. Much like Wonder Woman, the goal is to develope Diana’s backstory and continue her hero’s journey, than it is to make substantial changes to the DCEU. With the emphasis turning to standalone, director-driven films, a cohesive shared universe is no longer DC’s main goal.
Jenkins has revealed, however, that she already has a potential third Wonder Woman movie planned. The next sequel (if it is greenlit) will apparently take place in present day and wrap up Diana’s hero journey. If any Wonder Woman movie will have a major impact on DCEU continuity, it’ll be Wonder Woman 3.
No trailers have yet to be released for 1984.
With everything we know so far about Wonder Woman 1984 what are some of your theories? Should DC try to maintain a continuous shared cinematic universe? Are you excited about the sequel? Let us know in the comments!