2020 is shaping up to be a great year for DC movie lovers. Not only are the Birds of Prey making their big screen debut, but we’re getting a sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman. Diana Prince is back in action, and this time she’s facing the scariest enemy of all – the 1980s.
From the cast and crew to the release date to the plot, here’s everything you need to know about Wonder Woman 1984.
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Wonder Woman 1984’s Release Date
Wonder Woman 1984 is currently scheduled for release on June 5, 2020. It’ll be the second DCEU film released in 2020, following Birds of Prey’s February debut.
Originally, Wonder Woman 1984 was intended to be the next DCEU film up to bat after Shazam! It was previously scheduled for a November 1, 2019 release, but that release was pushed back in late 2018. Warners never gave a reason for the delay, but it’s likely due to the fact that an untitled Marvel film (probably Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3) vacated a July 2020 slot. Plus, given the highly competitive summer movie landscape, hopefully this is a sign the studio has confidence the sequel is strong enough to repeat the success of the original.
Wonder Woman Sequel’s Trailers
Warners kept DC fans waiting a long time for a real WW84 trailer, though a small amount of footage was screened exclusively at CinemaCon in April 2019.
The first full trailer finally debuted in December 2019. Check it out below:
Then watch our rewind Theater video for a closer look at the plot details revealed in the first trailer:
Wonder Woman 1984’s Cast & Crew
Patty Jenkins will return to direct Wonder Woman 1984. Jenkins also co-wrote the screenplay alongside Geoff Johns and David Callaham. Hans Zimmer will score the film, making Wonder Woman 1984 his first DC movie since 2016’s Batman v Superman.
Gal Gadot will reprise her role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, making Wonder Woman 1984 her fourth DCEU appearance. Also returning (via flashback scenes) are Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and Robin Wright as General Antiope. Surprisingly, Chris Pine will also return as Steve Trevor, despite his character having died in the climax of the first movie. We have some ideas for how Steve’s return might be explained.
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1984 will add several major new characters to the fold. Chief among these is Kristen Wiig as Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah, the film’s main antagonist. Pedro Pascal has been cast as a mysterious businessman whom many are speculating is either Maxwell Lord or Doctor Psycho. Jenkins seems to have confirmed the Maxwell Lord theory on Twitter. Other additions 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.
Wonder Woman 2’s Plot
WB is keeping the plot of Wonder Woman 1984 under wraps for now. However, the title alone gives away the time period. The sequel will jump forward from World War I to the 1980s, as Diana confronts the consumer-driven culture of Reagan’s America and becomes embroiled in the Cold War. Given what we know about Diana’s DCEU history in between the events of Wonder Woman and Batman v Superman, 1984 will probably show her trying to maintain a low profile until a new threat forces her to emerge from hiding and defend man’s world once more.
The film will likely revolve heavily around the relationship between Diana and Barbara Ann Minerva, an archaeologist searching for the fabled lost city of Urzkartaga. After finding the city and encountering the goddess who dwells within, Barbara Ann will be transformed into the deadly Cheetah. Previous DCEU movies have shown that Diana works as a museum curator, so we’re expecting Barbara Ann to be depicted as a friend and colleague of Diana before falling to evil.
Pascal’s Maxwell Lord will serve as another major antagonist in the film. In the comics, Lord once financed the Justice League International before outing himself as a telepathic supervillain. In the movie, it appears Lord will harness the power of the plant god Urzkartaga to gain incredible power.
Perhaps the biggest mystery surrounding 1984 involves the return of Steve Trevor. The first trailer certainly hints that this is the same Steve Diana knew and loved. Given that the character clearly hasn’t aged since WWI, this could suggest that Steve is somehow 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, more outlandish theories have been floated, with filmmaker Kevin Smith speculating that Pine is actually playing the shape-shifting hero Martian Manhunter.
Whatever the explanation for Steve’s return (and we explore some theories in greater depth here), 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 the first Wonder Woman, as well as the ninth entry in the DCEU overall. That being said, it’s unclear how much direct impact the film will actually have on the larger DCEU timeline. Superheroes are all but an unknown phenomenon to humanity at this stage. We know from the opening of Batman v Superman that Thomas and Martha Wayne were murdered in 1981, so Bruce Wayne is still a child mourning the deaths of his parents. Clark Kent has only recently crash-landed in Smallville.
Whatever happens in Wonder Woman 1984, it’s not going to result in Diana and the Amazons making their existence known to the outside world. Much like the first Wonder Woman, the goal is more to fill in Diana’s backstory and continue her heroic evolution than it is to make substantial changes to the fabric of the DCEU. Given the general shift in focus with the DCEU lately and the emphasis on standalone, director-driven films, maintaining 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 mapped out. The next sequel (should it be officially greenlit) will apparently take place in the present and wrap up Diana’s character arc. If any Wonder Woman movie will have a major impact on DCEU continuity, it’ll be Wonder Woman 3.
Wonder Woman 1984’s Development
Here’s a quick breakdown of all the major Wonder Woman 1984 announcements so far:
June 2017 – Shortly after the release of Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot extends her contract and Geoff Johns reveals that he and Jenkins have begun writing a script treatment for the sequel.
July 2017 – DC officially announces Wonder Woman 2 at Comic-Con and confirms Jenkins’ return.
September 2017 – Gadot is officially confirmed to return as Wonder Woman. David Callaham is revealed to be co-writing the screenplay with Johns and Jenkins.
February 2018 – News breaks that Kristen Wiig is in talks to play Cheetah.
March 2018 – Pedro Pascal is cast in a key, undisclosed role.
April 2018 – Fans learn the film will be set in the 1980s.
May 2018 – Zack and Deborah Snyder reveal they’re serving as producers for the sequel.
June 2018 – Principal photography officially begins. The sequel’s title is revealed to be Wonder Woman 1984. A promotional still confirms Chris Pine’s return as Steve Trevor.
July 2018 – Jenkins, Gadot and Pine appear at Comic-Con to debut the first footage from the sequel.
August 2018 – Hans Zimmer is revealed to be scoring the film.
October 2018 – The film’s release date is pushed back from November 2019 to June 2020.
December 2018 – Principal photography ends.
January 2019 – Jenkins reveals her tentative plans for a third movie set in contemporary times.
April 2019 – Early footage is screened at CinemaCon.
June 2019 – The first Wonder Woman 1984 poster is revealed, showing off Diana’s new costume.
December 2019 – The first trailer debuts at CCXP in Brazil.