Wonder Woman 2 Photo: Gal Gadot is Back in Costume!
Production recently began on Wonder Woman 1984, and now Gal Gadot has released the first photo of Diana in costume. Where the first Wonder Woman was set in the First World War, the sequel will jump forward in time to 1984. It will set the Amazonian goddess's adventures against the backdrop of the Cold War, with Chris Pine returning to the DCEU - even though his character, Steve Trevor, was actually killed off in the first film! The movie's main villain is Kristen Wiig's Cheetah, though it's not yet been revealed which version of Diana's feral foe will make her DCEU debut.
Production officially began on June 13, and we've already seen some set photos. Now, though, star Gal Gadot has decided to give viewers their first official glimpse of Wonder Woman in her solo sequel.
The image doesn't exactly give away any of the plot, but frankly it doesn't need to; it just needs to promote the title character. Audiences fell in love with Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL's stunning composition giving Diana a theme tune of her own. 2017's solo Wonder Womanmovie was one of the most popular entries in the DCEU to date, proving once and for all that a female superhero film could be both a critical and box office success. Nobody was surprised when Warner Bros. greenlit the sequel. It will be fascinating to see how Diana deals with the Cold War. Wonder Woman ended on a gloriously triumphant note, with the titular hero restating her faith in humanity. No doubt that faith will have been shaken by the horrors of the Second World War, but we don't need to see that; the first film already explored the idea of Diana on a battlefield. A Cold War setting will continue that challenge, with Diana surely horrified at the threat of all-out nuclear war between the United States and the U.S.S.R.
As exciting as Wonder Woman 2 may be, Warner Bros. will need to tread a careful balance. In Batman V Superman, it was clear that neither the Dark Knight nor the Man of Steel had ever heard of Diana before; in fact, director Zack Snyder actually implied she'd retreated from the world for over a century, disillusioned by the events of the First World War. Patty Jenkins's film took a totally different approach, and is now continuing Diana's superhero career over the course of the century, but the fact remains that Diana needs to have become somewhat obscure by the DCEU's present-day. The fact we're getting photos from the production right from the start is pretty exciting. It suggests production of Wonder Woman 1984 will be very open, with a constant flow of official photos for fans to analyze. The studio knows how popular Wonder Woman is, and (especially with other areas of the DCEU looking less certain) are determined to keep the character everyone loves in the spotlight.
[h=1]Rumor: Chris Pine Is The 'Real' Steve Trevor In Wonder Woman 2[/h] Chris Pine is officially back in Wonder Woman 1984, and he's apparently playing the "real"Steve Trevor. As many viewers may recall, Trevor nobly sacrificed his life at the end of the first Wonder Woman, seemingly ending his time in the DC Extended Universe after just a single film. However, after Screen Rant first reported the actor was returning for the hotly-anticipated sequel, director Patty Jenkins confirmed the news herself by sharing a picture of Steve Trevor looking lost in a 1980s-era shopping mall. Since so much time has passed between Wonder Woman installments (the original was set during World War I), it raised questions about the nature of Pine's return. A popular theory stipulated that he would be playing one of Steve's descendants, who just happens to look exactly like him. However, it would appear that this is in fact the Steve Trevor that Diana encountered when she first left Themyscira.
Twitter user DanielRPK, who previously revealed possible details about Pablo Pascal's Wonder Woman 2 character, had another interesting nugget for fans today. When asked if someone in the film could possibly be disguised as Steve Trevor in an attempt to fool Diana, he responded, "Nope. That's the real Steve Trevor." That leads us to believe Pine is playing the same character he did in last year's blockbuster.
Should this prove to be the case, there's an inherent risk involved. Trevor's death in Wonder Woman was one of that film's more emotional moments, and reviving the character could potentially cheapen the impact of that scene. There's also an enormous amount of pressure on the creative team to come up with a suitable explanation for how Steve returns (and why he looks the same he did in World War I). Of course, this isn't exactly new territory for comic book films, but it'll still be interesting to see how director Patty Jenkins pulls it off. If audiences are able to buy in, then the move could benefit Wonder Woman 1984 as a whole. Pine's chemistry with Gal Gadot was an undeniable highlight of the first installment, and it will be great to see them share the screen once more as their characters face a new set of challenges. Looking ahead to the proper marketing campaign for Wonder Woman 1984, it'll be fascinating to see how Warner Bros. handles Trevor's involvement. Clearly, the studio isn't being shy about him being in the movie, but perhaps they'll want to play up certain aspects of the mystery and leave several answers for the actual premiere. The film should be a key part of WB's Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year, so we should get a better idea of how things will play out then. Hopefully, the promotional department learned valuable lessons after they mishandled Superman in Justice League advertising.
[h=1]Wonder Woman 1984 To Be Scored By Hans Zimmer[/h]
Hans Zimmer will return to the DC Universe to score Wonder Woman 1984. Fans of Wonder Woman waited decades to finally see her brought to the big screen, prior to Gal Gadot's debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There were plenty of doubters, but Gadot won many over in BvS thanks to her charm, and also the great action scenes she was a part of. One of the elements to her debut that is now synonymous with the character is her theme music composed by Hans Zimmer. His work helped define the character to a certain degree, and made her entrance even more epic than it already was. Although Zimmer didn't do the music for Wonder Woman, his score was still used throughout the film by Rupert Gregson-Williams. Now, it's been revealed that Zimmer is returning to the character for her sequel.
Film Music Reporter shared the news that Hans Zimmer is set to score Wonder Woman 1984. Zimmer is no stranger to superhero movies, especially when it comes to DC. He previously scored all three of Christopher Nolan's Batman movies, as well as Man of Steeland BvS. He's also worked with Marvel properties on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Dark Phoenix. His credits extend well beyond superhero movies though, with The Lion King, Mission: Impossible 2, Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception, and Blade Runner 2049just a few of his dozens of other projects.
It's great news to have him join Wonder Woman 1984, especially since he's one of the best working composers out there. Since his previous work with Gadot was so well-received, it'll be fun to hear what he does with the character and this world in a film completely focused on her. He could also add some tweaks to his recognizable Wonder Woman theme thanks to the 80s setting too. There will also be the chance to write a theme for Kristen Wiig's Cheetah and more. Zimmer is just the latest big addition to Wonder Woman 1984, but one of the few changes. Director Patty Jenkins kept most of the main crew members around for the sequel. It's unknown why Gregson-Williams didn't return, but it may just be because he's currently busy with Aquaman. Since this film will get to show the reunion between Diana Prince and Steve Trevor and the standard superhero movie action, there will be plenty of opportunities for Zimmer to make his mark on Wonder Woman 1984.
[h=1]Wonder Woman 1984 Release Pushed From November 2019 To June 2020[/h]
Gal Gadot announces Wonder Woman 1984 is being moved back a year to a 2020 release. Warner Bros. and DC Films struck gold with the release of Wonder Womanin 2017. Gadot broke out as the new star of the DC Extended Universe and directorPatty Jenkins secured her status as one of the biggest names in Hollywood. The studios moved quickly to get a sequel in motion with both women back in their respective roles. Production on the Wonder Woman sequel is currently underway as the film was heading toward a previously announced 2019 release date. WB and DC found a strong slot, but one surrounded by tons of competition. It was an odd choice after Wonder Woman had incredible legs through the summer, and now they've decided to move the sequel back to that season.
Wonder Woman star Gadot announced the move for Wonder Woman 1984 today. Instead of hitting theaters on November 1, 2019 as originally dated, the sequel is now set to hit theaters the following year. Warner Bros. has given the movie a prime June 5, 2020 release date that it will now work towards hitting.
Although fans will undoubtedly be a bit frustrated that they'll have to wait seven more months to see Wonder Woman 1984, it's a move that makes sense for Warner Bros and the franchise. Even though Wonder Woman went on to make over $820 million at the box office, it opened to just north of $100M. The miraculous nature of its run was the quality of the film and its cultural impact that allowed it to keep making a ton of money throughout the summer. This still could've been possible in the November 2019 slot, but would also put the sequel's legs up against Sonic, Terminator 6, Frozen 2, and more. There's still plenty of competition in the summer of 2020, but after the success the first film had in the same window, WB saw an opportunity to move Wonder Woman 1984 back to this time frame after removing Six Billion Dollar Man from their slate.
With production still happening, this delay will ensure Jenkins and her crew have plenty of time to finish filming at a regular pace and can then have more time in post-production and do additional photography. It does limit DC's output to just two movies again in 2019 with Shazam! and Joker, while also giving 2020 a pair of female-led films. Margot Robbie's Birds of Prey is set to hit theaters in February of 2020, so it will only be a few months later when Wonder Woman 1984 gets to follow it up. All in all, the wait for Gadot's return as Wonder Woman may be a bit longer now, but Wonder Woman 1984 will likely not let us down.
How Wonder Woman 1984's Final Cheetah Version Is Different To The Comics
The latest trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 reveals Cheetah in all her glory, but how does the Kristen Wiig design compared to the DC comic books?
Kristen Wiig's Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984 has been fully unveiled at last, but how does she compare to the comics? Gal Gadot's second solo outing as Diana Prince will feature a familiar face in Chris Pine's returning Steve Trevor, but the film's villainous duo will be entirely new. While Pedro Pascal dons a slimy power suit and schmoozes it up as Maxwell Lord, Kristen Wiig will play arguably Wonder Woman's greatest nemesis, Cheetah, a.k.a. Barbara Ann Minerva. Wonder Woman 1984's marketing has played its Cheetah cards close to its chest until now, holding back from fully revealing Wiig's transformation.
The Wonder Woman 1984 cast kicked off DC's FanDome event in style, welcoming several special guests in Lynda Carter and er, Venus Williams, but the real highlight of the panel was the second official trailer. The footage shows Lord promising citizens their deepest desires, Barbara wishing to be an "apex predator," and Steve Trevor trying on a range of outfits that weren't even acceptable in the 1980s. But the jewel in the new trailer's crown is undoubtedly the first proper look at Kristen Wiig's Cheetah in her full feline glory, since clips and images released previously only partially showed the Wonder Woman 1984 villain.
Now Cheetah's completed look has been revealed, it's worth comparing the character to the original Wonder Woman comics, since the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer doesn't just show Barbara transformed into Joe Exotic's worst nightmare, but also spotlights her fighting capabilities and gives strong hints as to her origin story. Here's how Kristen Wiig's Cheetah compares to the DC comics.
Wonder Woman 1984'S Cheetah Design
The furry villain swings wildly as she battles Diana, her long tail following behind. While many live-action villains based on animals attempt to tone down the original design or ground a character in the real world (think Michael Keaton as Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming) Kristen Wiig's Cheetah design is incredibly faithful to the comic books. The first thing to notice is that Cheetah's body is completely transformed. The fully-morphed Barbara Ann Minerva is covered in speckled fur across her whole body, while her limbs have taken on a more cat-like shape to accommodate her four-legged fighting style. If anything, this version is even more animalistic than the majority of Cheetah's designs in the comic books.
One of the most striking elements in Cheetah's design is her hair, as Kristen Wiig's golden blonde locks flow freely from Cheetah's head as she leaps through the air. While some comic designs have extended Cheetah's fur all across the villain's head to mimic the real-world animal, most versions retain Barbara's human hair, so once again, Wonder Woman 1984 is taking big cues from the source material. One element Wonder Woman 1984 does change is Cheetah's traditional darker hair, with the character's mane usually brown or red, where Wiig's is obviously blonde. In the grand scheme of comic book movie character designs, this is a fairly minor alteration.
A more significant difference between live-action Cheetah and her comic counterpart,however, is the predominant color shade of the villain. Cheetah is usually a striking orange complexion in most comics, with a pale underbelly below. Although it could be the lighting of the scene, Kristen Wiig's Cheetah appears to be sporting paler fur all over. This could be to better suit the natural blonde of the actress, or Patty Jenkins may be attempting to make a human woman turning into a cat somewhat believable by toning down the bright fur of the comics. Another alteration is in Cheetah's face, which Wonder Woman 1984 had made distinctly more human and evil-looking. The intention here is likely to bring more of Wiig's performance and facial expressions into the character, while the darker lines are possibly a symptom of Barbara's deteriorating condition.
Cheetah's Fighting Style In Wonder Woman 1984
Cheetah appears to have two distinct fighting styles in Wonder Woman 1984 - one in her human (or part-human) guise, and a completely different approach when fully transformed into a cat. Barbara is seen fighting Diana in an ornate hallway and she spins violently through the air towards the Amazonian princess like something out of Street Fighter. The same sequence sees Barbara catching Wonder Woman's lasso around her forearm and dragging her opponent across the room, showcasing superhuman strength even in her civilian identity. When the fully-transformed Cheetah is doing battle with Wonder Woman (this time in her snazzy new golden armor), the villain's movements are much more feline. Cheetah is seen swinging from cables and bouncing off rock faces with impressive speed, rivaling Diana's own super-powered jumps. Like her namesake in the animal kingdom, Cheetah uses all four limbs to move, running across walls and adopting a low center of gravity. It's certainly no stretch to say that Cheetah appears to fight more like a genuine animal than a regular supervillain.
The fighting style Cheetah adopts in Wonder Woman 1984 is, again, very close to the comic books. Both iterations use their claws and immense speed to do battle, and both have the qualities of the animal they take their name from. The latest trailer doesn't show any abilities that aren't present in the comic books, and Wiig's Cheetah shouldn't have any surprises up her sleeve in terms of additional superpowers. The one big difference comes when Barbara faces off against Diana while still in her high-heeled human state. In the comics, Barbara didn't possess superpowers without first transforming into Cheetah, and the classic incarnation of the character sought a way to ensure she could make the transformation at will, rather than relying on potions. As evidenced by the scene where Barbara hurls Wonder Woman across a room by her lasso, the villain clearly has some degree of superhuman strength even without morphing.
How Wonder Woman 1984 Changes Cheetah's Origin Story
In the DC comics, the Cheetah name has been bestowed upon several different characters with a wide variety of origin stories. Barbara Ann Minerva's history alone has been altered several times over the years, but Wonder Woman 1984 appears to be adapting the DC Rebirth Cheetah origin, the most recent of her assorted backstories. In this comic book continuity, Barbara is a friend and colleague of Diana's, and she's interested in mythology and gods but jealous of the Amazonian's power and greatness. She travels to Africa and is imbued with divine Cheetah powers by a God known as Urzkartaga, paying the price with a cannibalistic hunger. This only strengthens her hatred of Wonder Woman, as Barbara blames Diana for the transformation.
Exactly how Barbara Ann Minerva becomes Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984 hasn't been laid out, but it's clear that some elements from this comic origin have made their way into live-action. Kristen Wiig's Barbara certainly has a connection with Diana, as the pair are seen at a lab together and talking over a drink. At some point in the sequel (perhaps even from the beginning) Barbara becomes aware that Diana and Wonder Woman are the same person. The trailer features the revealing Barbara line "you always had everything, while people like me had nothing... now it's my turn." This evokes the same kind of envy toward Diana that has always been at the heart of Cheetah in the comics.
In a significant departure from DC lore, however, the actual mechanics of Barbara's transformation appear to have more to do with Maxwell Lord than meeting an ancient god of plants in the African jungle. Lord promises the world whatever their hearts desire, and this ability seems to bring Steve Trevor back from the dead. Barbara's interest is also piqued by Lord's announcement, and she can be heard saying "I don't want to be like anyone, I want to be an apex predator." This line would seem to imply that Maxwell Lord is the one responsible for turning Barbara into Cheetah, although her motivations for wanting to transform in Wonder Woman 1984 remain loyal to the comics.