After multiple delays, the Wonder Woman 1984 release date isn't too far away. If you're anything like us, having witnessed Diana Prince's epic sprint through the bleak, hellish emptiness of No Man's Land in World War 1, you'll be even more desperate for more from the Justice League's iconic goddess.
Wonder Woman blessed a generation of girls with a role model that proved that they could be a hero just as much any man, and we're excited to see what else returning director Patty Jenkins can do with the hero. Wonder Woman 1984 appears to be adopting a lighter tone, though, and we can see a little more of it in the new trailer revealed at the DC FanDome event in August.
Now that cinemas are gradually opening again, here's hoping the December release date is the final one. So, let's go over the film's release date, trailer, and cast - with some spoilers from the previous film - so you're all set for a return to the bright neon lights of the eighties.
Wonder Woman 1984 release date: December 2020
Wonder Woman's release date is currently set for December 25, 2020, after numerous delays.
Wonder Woman 1984 trailer: Watch the DC FanDome footage
The second Wonder Woman 1984 trailer kicked off the virtual DC FanDome event in August, and it gives us a closer look at the film's central villains: Maxwell Lord and Cheetah. We see the evil-doing pair strike up a relationship as Barbara's envy of Diana grows, as well as flashbacks featuring Antiope and Hippolyta, and some excellent '80s modelled by the somehow-back-from-the-dead Steve Taylor.
In the first Wonder Woman 1984 trailer we get a good glimpse at the film's '80s setting, a time important to the director. Speaking at San Diego Comic Con 2018, Jenkins explained that this decade "was mankind at its best and worst", making this backdrop fertile ground for Wonder Woman's struggle against evil.
Wonder Woman 1984 story: Meet Cheetah and Maxwell Lord
Enter Barbara Minerva… #WW84 pic.twitter.com/56f8Diu7SoJune 27, 2018
Following Diana's exploits in the First World War, this Cold War-set sequel sees Prince (somehow) reuniting with her love interest, Steve Taylor, as she takes on two of her fiercest rivals from the comics. Kristin Wiig is Barbara Minerva, aka Wonder Woman's arch enemy, Cheetah. The first trailer opens with the pair sharing drinks as friends, but given their comics history, we know this won't last long. In the DC FanDome trailer we can catch glimpse of Minerva in her fully-transformed getup.
That said, some fans have been speculating that there could be a romantic connections between Prince and Minerva, especially since it was confirmed a few years ago that Wonder Woman is canonically bisexual, via THR. However, this won't be the case in 1984. "It might have in a different storyline," Jenkins told SFX. "But because this storyline was so clearly about Steve coming back, the whole story was about Steve. It's all a love story with Steve. There wasn't room for two for Diana."
Well hello... Max. #WW1984 pic.twitter.com/BgWsjyJixwOctober 24, 2019
Diana may have faced down the actual God of War in her previous outing, but now she has another villain to face: Maxwell Lord. Lord, in the character's cinematic debut, is a master of manipulating human desires: we see Pascal's face all over television screens in the trailer, so it'll be interesting to see how his powers manifest in 1984.
Prince's exertions in her origin film have left her a different character in 1984. Speaking with Extra, Gadot explains that "in this one, she's been around. She's much wiser and mature and lonely… and then something crazy happens that changes the whole game." Perhaps this involves the return of Steve Trevor? More on that below.
We also know the script writers are ex-president and CCO of DC, Geoff Johns, and David Callaham, known for 2015's Ant-Man adaptation. Callaham is also working on the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel.
In May 2020 we got a sneak peek of Wonder Woman, Cheetah, and Maxwell Lord in action. In the images above we can see Kristin Wiig's archaeologist having already made the transformation to her evil alter ago as she counters Wonder Woman's lasso of truth in the White House. Lord isn't so lucky as we see him restrained alongside two security guards.
We also get to see more of the powerful Amazonian with her mysteriously resurrected love interest, Steve Trevor. We see the pair embracing outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and in what looks like a Middle Eastern country, so at least we know we'll be jet-setting a fair bit.
That international travel extends to Diana's home world of Themyscira, a setting that wasn't always guaranteed for 1984. However, speaking to Empire, Jenkins said that retaining her home world would allow her to contrast it with her current, lonely existence with humans: "It made sense to start again with where she comes from, to have the juxtaposition to who she is in our world." Jenkins explained.
In terms of Wonder Woman's wider story, Patty Jenkins believes that her story can exist on its own, rather than as a part of a shared DC universe. "To me, that's what superhero movies – period – always were," Jenkins told Total Film. "I think the exception to that was that Marvel had such success doing a shared universe. But that shouldn't be the status quo." She also told the magazine that while she's not thinking about a threequel right now, she does have an arc for the hero "in mind".
Wonder Woman 1984 cast: how is Steve Trevor alive in this movie?
Before we get to Steve, here's the central Wonder Woman 1984 cast:
- Wonder Woman: Gal Gadot
- Max Lord: Pedro Pascal
- Kristen Wiig: Cheetah
- Hippolyta: Connie Nielsen
- Steve Trevor: Chris Pine
- Robin Wright: Antiope
Now, how is Steve Trevor still alive? Not only did he heroically blow himself up in a plane packed with mustard gas canisters, but in the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer, Trevor hardly looks a day older than he did in the Great War. That's over 60 years before the setting of the sequel.
Regardless, Trevor will be a very different character this time. Speaking to Total Film, Chris Pine said: “He’s excited to be back with Diana. He’s excited about this world. Tonally, what’s different is, he’s not world-weary. He’s not jaded. It’s a complete 180 from the tone of the character of the first one.”
In an interview with Vulture, Roven claimed that Jenkins doesn't see 1984 as a sequel at all. He said Jenkins "was just determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel". Since the films are not intended as "one continuous story" this may mean that the narratives of both films don't necessarily connect, but we're still hoping for answers on this front. For now, there's a new image featuring the pair, via Total Film. We honestly don't know right now, even if you were to lash us to the Lasso of Truth.
Speaking of characters back from the dead, Robin Wright confirmed to Net-A-Porter that she would return as Antiope along with Connie Nielsen's Hippolyta, but in a flashback sequence.
Can Wonder Woman 1984 continue DC's run of form?
After Shazam, Aquaman and Joker, it feels like DC's movies have found their form after the poor 2017 Justice League movie. Let's hope that doesn't change any time soon.