Three years after she crossed the trenches during World War I, Wonder Woman will return to movie screens to face a different kind of enemy in Wonder Woman 1984, directed by Patty Jenkins and set during the Cold War.
The sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman and the fourth to feature Gal Gadot as the DC superheroine, will be released in the summer of 2020. That’s a bit far off into the future, but with production already in progress, there’s a lot we can already say with certainty about this movie. Here’s everything we know so far about the next chapter in Wonder Woman’s cinematic story.
Bookmark this page to revisit over the next year, as we’ll update this post as details and information about the film surface. We’ll include items such as the film’s official trailer as well as more still images when those are released.
When will Wonder Woman 1984 hit theaters?
The film will be released in theaters on June 5, 2020. It was originally set to debut in November 2019, but news of the delay was announced in October 2018. At the time, Gadot described the change as a good thing, calling the summer Wonder Woman’s “rightful home.”
Is there a trailer for Wonder Woman 1984?
Not yet, but fans who made it into the Warner Bros. event at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 got a sneak peek at some early footage. You can read a breakdown of what they saw here.
Why is it called Wonder Woman 1984?
That’s when it takes place! In the film, Diana gets caught up in the Cold War, the period of geopolitical tension between the former Soviet Union and the western bloc, made up of the United States and allies in NATO.
Uniquely, in a twist befitting a sequel, Diana will be forced to fight in a war known to have been carried out without direct fighting, never mind all the proxy wars held in Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Egypt, Korea, Iran, Cuba, the Congo… you get the point. Certainly, a warrior princess who fights for peace and love will have her work cut out for her in a time of global strife.
Given its 1984 setting, Diana will find herself in the final years of the Cold War, which actually saw tensions bolstered due to the threat of nuclear annihilation. It was in 1983 when the Russians thought the U.S. launched missiles towards Moscow, an incident later dubbed the “1983 Nuclear False Alarm.” We were that close to nuclear war, so you can expect Diana will have much to say.
How can Diana live to see 1984?
Well, you saw her alive and well in 2017, when Justice League takes place. But to answer your question, Amazons are immortal (except in cases of warfare and accidents) who do not age when they live on Themyscira. Wonder Woman, who left her home to fight in Man’s World, lost her immortality but still ages at a rate so slow that she looks exactly the same decades later.
Who is starring in Wonder Woman 1984?
Gal Gadot will return to reprise her role as Wonder Woman. In a promotional image released by Warner Bros. that was also tweeted by director Patty Jenkins, Chris Pine returns to the film, and is seen wearing an ‘80s-style tracksuit.
Jenkins accompanied the reveal on Twitter, writing “Welcome to WONDER WOMAN 1984, Steve Trevor!” which implies Pine is, in fact, playing Steve Trevor and not a descendant. Because Steve Trevor died at the end of the first film, it is unknown how the character returns in the sequel. Expect dreams, hallucinations, or other shenanigans that are common in superhero fantasies.
The film also includes Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Kristoffer Polaha, and child actress Oakley Bull in unknown roles.
Who is the villain of Wonder Woman 1984?
One of Wonder Woman’s most famous enemies is finally leaping onto the big screen. Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters) is turning to the dark side as she inhabits the role of Cheetah. Born Barbara Ann Minerva, the character is an archeologist and heiress to a vast fortune who is transformed into a half-beast, half-human monster on a trip to Africa gone wrong.
Although Cheetah was created by Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston in the 1940s, Minerva was created by Len Wein and George Pérez, who was introduced in Wonder Woman #7 in 1987, published after DC’s big continuity reset in 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Wait, how is Chris Pine’s character in Wonder Woman 1984?
We don’t know for sure, but a recent report from We Got This Covered may reveal how Steve Trevor survives his apparent death in the first movie and travels through time to 1984. **Warning: Possible spoilers ahead. Skip the the next section to avoid learning
Citing sources close to the film, the site explains that DC supervillain Maxwell Lord (possibly played by Pedro Pascal) will play a major role in Wonder Woman 1984 and resurrect Trevor in the process. Lord’s larger plan involves collecting magic artifacts to gain god-like powers, which explains how he could become ensnared in Barbara Ann Minerva (aka, Cheetah), played by Kirsten Wiig.
What images of Wonder Woman 1984 have been released?
Including the aforementioned image of Steve Trevor in a 1980s shopping mall, two other promotional pictures include Wonder Woman before a storefront full of TVs depicting 1980s consumerism and political strife, and Kristen Wiig’s Barbara before she becomes Cheetah. You can see those two pictures below.
Is Wonder Woman 1984 in the DC cinematic universe?
Yes, Wonder Woman 1984 takes place in the DC cinematic universe (DCEU is a non-official term, did you know that?). The film remains in continuity with films like Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018), and the upcoming Shazam! in 2019. A Green Lantern film is also currently in the works.
Will the “DCEU” continue after Wonder Woman 1984? Unknown! Warner Bros. appears intent to produce films that have loose connectivity to its DC franchise as well as experimental films outside that realm, evidenced by movies like the stand-alone Joker with Joaquim Phoenix, slated for release in October 2019. So anything seems possible.
Wonder Woman 1984 will be released in theaters on June 5, 2020.