The release date of the Wonder Woman sequel has been pushed in light of theatre closures due to COVID-19. Here's what we know so far about Wonder Woman 2, a.k.a. Wonder Woman 1984, including news of Chris Pine's return and the updated release date.
The release date has been delayed.
Though Wonder Woman 1984 was scheduled to hit theaters June 5, 2020, it has been moved to August 14. Variety reports the move is in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen theaters close around the globe and movie release dates change dramatically
We've got a long way to go before the Wonder Woman sequel arrives. In fact, this project has been no stranger to schedule shifts. The forthcoming film was initially slated for release in December 2019, although it was pushed up to November 2019, Deadline reported back in 2017. "When we greenlit Wonder Woman 1984, it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen," Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman, said in a statement. "We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then."
The film's first trailer, complete with '80s soundtrack, shows off the sequel's new time period.
Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins, and Chris Pine are all returning.
After a stellar breakout role in the first film, Gadot has signed on to reprise the role of the titular character. Patty Jenkins will also return to direct, produce, and co-write the film.
And in that surprise tweet on June 13, Jenkins revealed that a (slightly confused-looking) Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) will also return. Isn't he dead? You'll remember that at the end of the first film, he sacrificed himself in order to prevent Doctor Poison's gas from spreading throughout the battlefield. Jenkins told ELLE.com that Pine's character Steve Trevor definitely didn't absorb any magical powers in Themyscira—so it looked like he really was dead. (He also seemed to be dead in Justice League.) So...what gives? We'll probably have to wait until the movie comes out to learn the truth.
The film's villain has been cast, too.
Very few details about the film have been released but Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins confirmed today (March 9) that comedy star Kristen Wiig has signed on to play the film's newest villain, Cheetah.
"So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can't wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned," Jenkins announced on Twitter after rumors of Wiig's involvement began to circulate last week.
So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can't wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot pic.twitter.com/Gn0jICiIAH— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 9, 2018
Who is Cheetah?
Well, there are actually a few Cheetahs in DC Comic history, including Priscilla Rich, the original Cheetah, who appeared in the 1943 version of Wonder Woman; she was an associate of Diana's until she became jealous of Wonder Woman and turned into an enemy. There's also Barbara Minerva, a British archeologist and a more mainstream adaptation of the character, who debuted in 1987.
Wonder Woman 2 will take place in a new setting.
Wonder Woman was set in the World War I era, with characters landing in European locations across England, Germany, and Belgium, but for this upcoming film, Jenkins has plans to take Diana to a whole new setting. In a profile with The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins said she's "more than ready to return to the character for a contemporary-set Wonder Woman sequel" and later told EW, "The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right.”
What other characters will appear?
Jenkins has teased a "great love story"—does that mean Steve Trevor, or someone else entirely? She also said there would be "a couple new unbelievable characters who I’m so excited about," so watch this space.
Natasha Rothwell is joining the cast.
The exact details of Rothwell's role are being kept under lock and key, but Deadline confirmed on July 24 that the former SNL writer and Insecure actress is joining the ranks of Gal Gadot, Kristin Wiig, and Chris Pine for the sequel.
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