There was once a time when it was felt that a superhero movie headlined by a female character would never quite click with audiences. Warner Bros. and DC seemed to put an end to that notion in 2017, when they premiered the DCEU film “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot. It would receive a strong critical response and rule the box office during its release, setting records for a female superhero movie and a movie directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. It was small wonder that a sequel was green-lit, “Wonder Woman 1984” with a returning star-director tandem, and set for next year. This Sunday, the first official trailer was revealed.
E! News Online tells us that “Wonder Woman 1984” was finally given its first good sneak peek by Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Film on December 8. Aside from the viewable online video courtesy of WB Pictures’ YouTube channel, the trailer was also screened for the first time before an audience at the 2019 Comic Con Experience in Sao Paolo, Brazil at the same day. The movie is set, as the title indicates, in the 1980s, looking at what Princess Diana of Themyscira (Gadot) had been doing with her life in “Man’s World” before the events of “Dawn of Justice.”
Right off the bat, the primary background music for the trailer is pure eighties thanks to hit club track “Blue Monday” from British rock band New Order. It shows Diana maneuvering through 1980s Earth in different activities: talking shop with British archaeologist Barbara Ann Minerva (Kristen Wiig) and listening to the TV speeches of business mogul Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal). Then things get weird when Diana meets Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), her World War I-era ally and paramour, who was supposed to have died in the final battle against Ares.
From there, things spiral out of control from relative peace to conflict. Barbara has been possessed by an ancient sinister panther-goddess from one of her archaeological expeditions, while Lord has some ulterior objectives behind his benevolent façade. Diana sums up her current situation as thus: “Nothing good is born from lies and greatness is not what you think.” There are also some choice scenes including an on-road battle with an armed convoy, as well as Diana wearing more ornate armor (based on her appearance from the DC Comics “Kingdom Come” miniseries), as she and the apparently-resurrected Steve work together to discover the potentially world-threatening plot.
“Wonder Woman 1984,” directed once more by returning filmmaker Patty Jenkins, arrives in cinemas on June 2020. It will be the second DCEU release of next year, following Margot Robbie’s “Birds of Prey” on February.
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