Monday, May 11, 2020

Wonder Woman 1984: delayed release date, trailer, and everything else we know

Like many other films, the second Wonder Woman 1984 release date has been delayed by Covid-19. If you're anything like us, having witnessed Diana Prince's epic sprint through the bleak, hellish emptiness of no man's land, you'll be even more desperate for more from the Justice League's iconic goddess. Looks like we'll be waiting a little longer.

Wonder Woman blessed a generation of girls with a role model that proved that they could be a hero just as much as men, 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, it's shaping up to be just as excellent.

We'll be going 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.

The coronavirus has delayed the Wonder Woman 1984 release date to August

Despite a recent poster shared by Patty Jenkins reiterating the film's June 5 release date, Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed again, this time due to Covid-19. In a statement to Variety, Warner Bros. confirmed that the new Wonder Woman 1984 release date would be August 14. The company also said that "we hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”

That makes WW one of many coronavirus movie release date delays, along with Black Widow, A Quiet Place Part 2, and the latest Bond film, No Time To Die.

However, this hasn't been the first delay. The original launch window was November 2019, but producer Charles Roven explained to Collider that this led to a "very rushed post-production schedule.'' In other words, the conclusion of a little thing called Star Wars was concluding around about then. Fingers crossed this third launch date is the final one.

Wonder Woman 1984 trailer: Blue Monday is now stuck in your head

If you're of an enviable age or just not up on your synth-pop, you may be wondering just what is that Wonder Woman 1984 trailer song? That eighties earworm is New Order's Blue Monday and we love how the pounding beat syncs with gunshots in the trailer. Speaking of music, the legendary Hans Zimmer returns here for his sixth DC film.

The Wonder Woman 1984 trailer gives us a good glimpse at the film's eighties 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.

Speaking of evil, we see in the trailer that Kristin Wiig appears as Barbara Minerva, aka Wonder Woman's arch enemy, Cheetah. The trailer opens with the pair sharing drinks as friends, but given their comics history, we doubt this'll last long.

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?

wonder woman 1984 cast

Right, 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. 

That said, 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. 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. 

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