Wonder Woman is about to throw it way back to the ‘80s. Or wait, is that forward.
Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot have shared images from next year’s Wonder Woman sequel, which will be titled Wonder Woman 1984.
But in a surprise move, Jenkins is bringing back Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor, who seemingly died at the end of the first film.
The picture Jenkins shared shows Pine alive and kicking and in his best ‘80s duds (including a retro pair of Nike Cortez sneakers and a Top Gun-esque flight jacket). She captioned the snap, “Welcome to WONDER WOMAN 1984, Steve Trevor!” However, some fans have speculated that this is perhaps from a dream sequence.
In a subsequent photo Gadot shared on her social media pages, Wonder Woman is seen gazing at multiple television screens with images featuring Dallas’ J. R. Ewing and Christie Brinkley in her memorable red convertible from 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation.
After the first film was set in Europe during the First World War, Jenkins told the Sun in an interview last year she was hoping to move the heroine into a more contemporary setting.
“I’m excited for her to come to America and become the Wonder Woman we are all familiar with from having grown up around her as an American superhero,” Jenkins said. “I’d like to bring her a little farther along into the future and have a fun, exciting storyline that is its own thing. Wonder Woman 1 is so much about her becoming the person she is. I can’t wait to spring forward with who she is and have another great standalone superhero film.”
One thing the new images don’t reveal is Kristen Wiig, who will be appearing in WW84 as classic Wonder Woman villain, the Cheetah.
When contemplating who she’d like to face off against in a future DC movie, Gadot said that was a character she wanted to go up against.
“There’s so many good villains in the DC universe, but I would love to fight Cheetah,” Gadot told the Sun. “She’s a girl and that could be very interesting.”
Wonder Woman was a box office bright spot for Warner Bros. and DC last year, earning over $820 million worldwide. The title is also the highest grossing film with a female director.
Gadot said first Wonder Woman was timely and necessary given the spate of male-dominated superhero origin stories.
“Every superhero we know, whether it’s Superman or Batman or Spider-Man or whoever it is, they all have their origin story and we always understand where they’re coming from and what made them become who they really are… I think Wonder Woman definitely deserved to have an origin story. I’m happy that we got to explore it.”
Wonder Woman 1984 is set to open on Nov. 1, 2019.