Update: Director Patty Jenkins shared the first look at Kristen Wiig as a villainous character known as The Cheetah. Jenkins also confirmed that Wiig will be playig the incarnation known as Barbara Ann Minerva, who was a close friend of Diana Prince before she was turned evil by a cursed relic.
The character is considered Wonder Woman’s primary adversary (her Joker or Lex Luthor). Cheetah is a woman possessing superhuman strength and the appearance of her namesake animal.
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 27, 2018
(Check out everything else we know about the film in our previously-published post below.)
Gasps could be heard around the world this morning from Wonder Woman fans seeing Chris Pine in a tracksuit in a new image from the set of Wonder Woman 1984. Not only was it the sound of happiness of seeing Steve Trevor back and also wearing a very becoming outfit but it was also the sound of stunned amazement that Steve Trevor is somehow still alive and has not aged in the sequel.
Another image shared at the same time on social media features Gal Gadot as the DC superhero, in her Diana Prince alter ego form, standing in front of a bunch of TVs. One of them features a close-up of J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) in Dallas. Another is a screenshot of Christie Brinkley taunting Chevy Chase from National Lampoon’s Vacation.
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 13, 2018
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) June 13, 2018
What do these first photos from the Wonder Woman sequel mean? Besides showcasing the obvious setting of 1984 America as opposed to the original’s location and year of Europe in 1917, that is. Spoiler alert, but Steve Trevor appeared to be dead at the end of last year’s box office sensation. And is that shot of all the televisions a nod to the 1984 fish out of water comedy Splash?
While we can’t answer all the questions posed by the first look images of Wonder Woman 1984, we can detail what is currently officially known about the highly anticipated comic book movie sequel.
Here’s everything we’ve heard so far:
What’s with the time jump?
Wonder Woman 1984 does indeed take place 67 years after the events of the first Wonder Woman (and 33 years earlier than the bookending scenes of the original). All we can say is that the new movie will be set in 1984, hence the title, and that’s fine for Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, because she’s immortal. It’s apparently fine for Steve Trevor because he died.
So is Steve Trevor a ghost?
If so, he’s one stylish ghost, but really we have no idea how Chris Pine is reprising his role as Steve, not just seemingly now living but also seemingly as ageless as his superhero sweetheart. Somehow the former World War I pilot has been resurrected for the Reagan era, and for now Warner Bros. probably has a good reason to keep that somehow a secret.
Do we know anything about the plot?
In this installment, Wonder Woman goes up against the Soviet Union at the peak of the Cold War and specifically dukes it out with the super villain The Cheetah, a former British anthropologist turned animal god. Jenkins has also stated in the past that this movie will be funny but then serious in the third act, and it will involve a love story.
Who else is starring in Wonder Woman 1984?
In addition to Gal Gadot and Chris Pine reprising their roles as Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig will co-star as The Cheetah, while Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) has also been cast as an unknown character.
Who is directing the sequel?
Patty Jenkins, who helmed the first Wonder Woman (seen above with Gal Gadot), is also directing Wonder Woman 1984, and she’s getting a record-breaking paycheck for her trouble.
Is she also writing the movie?
While Jenkins was not a credited writer on Wonder Woman, this time she came up with the idea alongside producer Geoff Johns and co-wrote the script with Johns and The Expendables co-writer David Callaham.
Are any other major off-screen talents returning?
While there’s a whole new (albeit mostly familiar) writing team involved, a number of other crew members are back from the first Wonder Woman, including cinematographer Matthew Jensen, costume designer Lindy Hemming and production designer Aline Bonetto. This time there is a new editor, however, as Oscar nominee Richard Pearson (United 93) takes over cutting duties.
Where is the movie filming?
As announced at the start of shooting today (June 13, 2018), Wonder Woman 1984 is filming on location in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, VA, and in the UK, Spain and the Canary Islands. The only shared location is the UK, which might mean a return to the same sound stages in England. The Canary Islands could be taking over from Italy for the hidden sights of Themyscira, while the two U.S. cities hint at some action taking place in the nation’s capital.
When does the movie come out?
Wonder Woman 1984 is due in theaters November 1, 2019.