'Wonder Woman 1984' trailer breakdown: A return to Themyscira & Chris Pine
She’s back. At CCXP 2019 in Brazil, Warner and DC revealed the first full trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, a sequel to the critically acclaimed 2017 origin story Wonder Woman.
The trailer introduces several new characters, including Kirsten Wigg (Diana’s friend who somehow becomes the supervillain Cheetah) and Pedro Pascal (an ‘80s infomercial star who’s clearly bad news). It also teases a return to Diana’s home of Themyscira and the mysterious inclusion of Chris Pine’s character, who died in Wonder Woman but seems to be alive — and very confused — in Wonder Woman 1984.
Ahead of the trailer premiere, Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins teased several new plot details from the movie, including new information about Pascal’s character Max Lord.
“He’s a character very much of the time period he’s in,” Jenkins said. “He’s the king of infomercials and he’ll do anything to be successful.”
Gal Gadot appeared onstage as well, where she described her character as “lonely” when the movie begins.
As for Chris Pine’s character, Steve Trevor, who died at the end of Wonder Woman, Jenkins wouldn’t reveal how he survived (or if that’s really him or someone else in disguise). However, she did explain that bringing Pine back for the sequel isn’t just a marketing stunt.
“A eureka moment came and it couldn’t be told without Steve Trevor,” Jenkins said of the writing process for Wonder Woman 1984. “It’s not a gimmick. It’s integral to the story.”
Jenkins also told fans that the new DCEU movie would pay tribute to its 1980s setting in an interesting way by filming the Wonder Woman sequel without using the special effects technology that wasn’t available at that time. (With some exceptions, of course.)
“It’s a grand epic experience like they made in the ‘80s,” Jenkins said. “Real wirework. Real locations. Real people doing those stunts.”
Wonder Woman 1984 releases June 5, 2020.