After the DC Extended Universe landed its first unqualified, sensational hit with Wonder Woman, the wheels of Hollywood turned quickly to ensure a follow-up. Director Patty Jenkins used her rightfully earned clout in order to negotiate for a higher salary on the sequel (as if she hadn’t already proven herself as a director more than a decade earlier with the Oscar-winning film Monster), and the stage was set for Diana of Themyscira’s return.
Today, Jenkins and star Gal Gadot gave us a first look at the film, titled Wonder Woman 1984, by sharing photos on Twitter. Let’s not bury the lede, here: Chris Pine is back as Steve Trevor, the American spy who fell in love with Wonder Woman. Here he is, 67 years after the events of Wonder Woman (in which he seemed to sacrifice his life for the cause, by the way), via Jenkins’ Twitter:
He’s as confused as I am about how he ended up alive in 1984, I assume. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how closely this resembles Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger storyline, in which an early 20th century soldier (a Chris playing a Steve) suddenly wakes up, disoriented by a modernized world. Although at least in DC’s iteration, Trevor and Diana are both still in their vibrant, beautiful youth post time-jump (no one, including Marvel themselves, has topped Steve Roger’s defeated final line of dialogue in The First Avenger: “I had a date.”)
The other image shared today is of Wonder Woman herself, experiencing what looks to be a similar moment of era-based confusion. From Gal Gadot’s twitter:
The 1984 angle will really be fun, I think. If the future of blockbuster movies is an endless stream of superhero movies, some variation within that paradigm is welcome. Another Marvel comparison, though, that might make the release of Wonder Woman 1984 interesting: the long-awaited Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, will release eight months before Wonder Woman 1984. Here’s why that may be worth noting: according to Kevin Feige at last year’s Comic Con, Captain Marvel will take place sometime in the 1990s.
Current generation superhero movies (by which I mean post-Iron Man) have not yet tackled period-specific settings that aren’t WWI or WWII, so these two films coming out in the same year will undoubtedly elicit comparisons. Not to mention, Captain Marvel will only be the second recent female-led superhero movie after Wonder Woman, which means comparisons focusing on that aspect will be unavoidable, as frustrating as many of them will be.
Wonder Woman was a big budget delight, both moving and fun. Diana’s fearless walk into No Man’s Land and the image of flashing bullets ricocheting off of her shield is a cinematic high-point of recent blockbusters, and I’m very excited to see what Jenkins has in mind for a follow-up. Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to release on November 1st, 2019.