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All the Wonder Woman 1984 rumors and spoilers leaked so far

Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is coming back!

Since the establishment of the DCEU, its appeal has been less than universal. While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, and Suicide Squad all made money, the critical reactions to all three films were horrible. In the middle of all the disappointment, however, was one bright spot — 2017's Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the Themyscrian warrior princess, was a huge success in terms of reviews and ticket sales. Regardless of the fate of Warner Bros.'s other DC Comics franchises, it seems like a good bet that the acting lead/director team of Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins will be chronicling the adventures of Princess Diana for as long as they want to. 

A month after Wonder Woman's theatrical release, at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. officially announced that a Wonder Woman sequel was on the way. Rumors were already flying about the setting, the director, the writer, and other details. A lot of those early rumors proved true. We know a lot more now than we did back in 2017, and we're going to keep track until the sequel is ready for theaters. Read on for all the rumors and spoilers leaked so far about Wonder Woman 1984.

The foundation

One of the first details we learned was that, unsurprisingly, Patty Jenkins would return to direct the Wonder Woman sequel. Jenkins' first time up at bat was an undeniable success. There was early Oscar nomination buzz that unfortunately never materialized, but the film earned other nominations and wins, including those from the American Film Institute Awards, the Critics' Choice Awards, and the Empire Awards. With Wonder Woman, Jenkins became the highest-grossing female director for a live-action movie. Before the official SDCC announcement, veteran comic book and television writer Geoff Johns had already revealed he was working on a script for it. Two months later, Expendables co-writer Dave Callaham was reported to have been recruited to work on the script with Johns and Jenkins.

In January 2018, Jenkins spoke to Entertainment Tonight Canada about why she didn't necessarily see Wonder Woman 1984 as a sequel. "We're actually making a totally different film… it's its own movie completely, it's not [Wonder Woman] 'two' to us. It's an entirely new adventure together." 

The release date for Wonder Woman 1984 has changed a couple of times. The sequel was originally scheduled to be released Dec. 13, 2019, but in Nov. 2017 reports surfaced that the release was moved earlier by six weeks to Nov. 1, 2019. But in Oct. 2018, Gal Gadot announced on her Twitter feed that Wonder Woman 1984's release had been delayed to June 5, 2020.


Even before Warner Bros.' official announcement that there would be a sequel to 2017's Wonder Woman, rumors stirred that the follow-up would be set in the 1980s. Instead of the World War I of the first movie, Wonder Woman would find herself in the middle of the Cold War, facing the Soviet Union instead of the Germans.

In April 2018, at the CinemaCon in Las Vegas, director Patty Jenkins confirmed the film would be set in the '80s, and previous interviews indicated that unlike the first film, this one would be set in the United States. There was nothing about the Cold War aspects of the earlier rumors, but '80s America would at least seem appropriate for that kind of conflict. "The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right," Jenkins told Entertainment Weekly in June 2017. Jenkins added "She's Wonder Woman. She's got to come to America. It's time." 

We'll have to wait to see how Diana's experiences in the New World inform her in important decisions — like where she falls in the David Lee Roth vs. Sammy Hagar debate, or if she thought David Lynch's Dune adaptation had enough guitar solos.

A new costume for a new decade

We got our first look at Gal Gadot on the set of Wonder Woman 1984 and in costume in June 2018. With the caption "She's back…" Gadot posted a shot of herself dressed as Wonder Woman to her Instagram account.

Wonder Woman's garb doesn't seem to have changed much from her first film. It's seems a bit shinier than it did in Wonder Woman, but that's about it — and that could be the effect of lighting rather than the clothing itself. When you consider how many changes there are to leads' costumes between entries of most solo superhero franchises — like Thor, Spider-Man, Batman, and Captain America — not to mention a usually stronger focus on women's clothing (you'd need a dozen hands or more to count the number of times Marvel's the Wasp has changed costume designs), it's pretty surprising there's been so little change in her garb, if any at all. 

It could be that the filmmakers chose to not change the costume specifically to go against expectation, though it could also be a simple matter of continuity. In other words, if Diana's wearing roughly the same outfit in 1918 that she was wearing in the 2016 setting of Batman v Superman and the 2017 setting of Justice League, then why would she be wearing a different costume in 1984? 

False assumptions

In December 2017, Patty Jenkins took to Twitter to counter what she called "false assumptions" about the more romantic aspects of the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984. Pointing to a Collider article headlined "Wonder Woman 2 will have a new love story," Jenkins tweeted "Quite a few people, including this headline, seem to be completely misunderstanding or making some pretty false assumptions based on one of many vague quotes I made about something I can't say anything about."

The "false assumptions" Jenkins referred to were rumors flying that — in light of Steve Trevor's (Chris Pine) death at the end of Wonder Woman — the hero would have a completely new love interest, and some fans were theorizing her supposed new romance might be with a woman. 

The quote from the Collider piece that sparked all the speculation was from a broad description of the film. Among other things, Jenkins said Wonder Woman 1984 would have "a great love story again and a couple new unbelievable characters who I'm so excited about, who are very different than… in the last movie." 

Considering the quote, it's difficult to blame people for speculating. But as fans would eventually learn, it was a little too soon to count Steve Trevor as being out of the dating pool.

Chris Pine

Though the dashing pilot went boom at the end of 2017's Wonder Woman, rumors of his return in Wonder Woman 1984 were one the first to circulate, and in June 2018 Patty Jenkins confirmed it, tweeting "Welcome to WONDER WOMAN 1984, Steve Trevor!" If any fans wondered if news of his resurrection was premature and the pilot was simply returning in a flashback, those doubts were soothed by a production photo of Chris Pine as Trevor in '80s-era clothes. 

So far, we don't know for sure how Trevor got back to the land of the living, or for that matter why he looks to be roughly the same age he was in 1918. One rumor involves a magical return from one of the film's villains, though the reported plot points hinge on so many unconfirmed details that it would be more than a little premature to call it a lock.

All we know for sure is that Steve Trevor will be back. As a transplant from 1918, the time shift will likely be even more jarring than it was for another veteran named Steve who woke up decades after serving in a World War. Trevor will likely be very confused once he sees some of the more extreme '80s fashions, and equally bewildered the first time he hears Devo.

The rival

In Feb. 2018 That Hashtag Show reported that the Cheetah — a supervillain known for locking horns with Wonder Woman in the comics — would be Princess Diana's antagonist in Wonder Woman 1984. Only a few days later, Deadline reported the surprising news that Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig was the top pick to play Wonder Woman's feline nemesis. It didn't take long for the report to become more than rumor. In early March, Patty Jenkins tweeted a confirmation, calling herself "incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family."

Though she's known mainly for her work in comedy, Wiig has clearly been making strides to show her dramatic range in movies like 2017's Mother!, 2015's The Martian, and 2014's Welcome to Me. As to who she'll be playing, there have been different versions of Cheetah over the years. Wiig will be playing Barbara Ann Minerva — an ambitious, ethically questionable archaeologist. She gains her powers and new half-human half-feline form when she interrupts a ritual to an ancient African god. 

While Cheetah is one of Wonder Woman's oldest villains, some are speculating she won't be the only bad guy in Wonder Woman 1984.

A mystery man

At the end of March 2018, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Chilean-born actor Pedro Pascal — perhaps best known in his role of Oberyn Martell, a.k.a. the Viper, in HBO's Game of Thrones – had been cast in an undisclosed role for Wonder Woman 1984. In July 2018 Patty Jenkins tweeted a photo of Pascal in character, accompanying the photo with "Can't…Stop… Watching… @PedroPascal1 !!! #WW84." 

Jenkins had nothing to say about exactly who Pascal was playing in the photo, but the most popular theory so far is that he's playing Maxwell Lord — an enigmatic businessman who was first introduced to comics when he helped fund a new '80s iteration of the Justice League. Years later he would be revealed to be much more villainous: During the lead-up to DC Comics' 2005-2006 line-wide event Infinite Crisis, Lord murders the Blue Beetle, one of the heroes who was in Lord's '80s Justice League team. Wonder Woman is branded an outlaw in the Infinite Crisis prologue series The OMAC Project when she murders Lord on live television by snapping his neck. 

If the rumor of Pascal playing Lord is true, then it's likely Wonder Woman will have more to deal with than just the Cheetah. 

Rumors of resurrections and revenge

In January 2019, We Got This Covered reported sources had told the site Wonder Woman 1984 story details that would solve the mysteries of Pedro Pascal's casting as well as that of Steve Trevor's resurrection. 

According to the report, Pascal is indeed playing DC Comics' Maxwell Lord. He's searching for artifacts to grant him godlike power, and in this endeavor he enlists the aid of archaeologist Barbara Ann Minerva (Kristen Wiig). It's during the search for these artifacts that Minerva is transformed into the Cheetah, and she blames Lord for the curse. Not yet having the power to protect himself from someone as strong as the Cheetah, Lord asks Wonder Woman for help. Using one of the artifacts he presumably finds before Minerva's transformation, Lord resurrects Steve Trevor in return for the Amazon's protection. 

Nothing of the report has been confirmed so far, but it fits what little we know. It would explain not only why Trevor is back but why he apparently hasn't aged, and assuming Pascal is playing Maxwell Lord, it works as an explanation for why he and Cheetah are involved in each other's affairs. We won't know for sure until June 2020.

Mall Rats

Footage of an action scene from Wonder Woman 1984 was shown in July 2018 at the San Diego Comic-Con's Warner Bros. film slate panel. The footage wasn't released online, but according to reports, the footage was well-received in spite of being referred to as a rough cut.

Viewers reported the scene begins with Wonder Woman crashing into a shopping mall to stop two armed men. In the middle of the action a little girl puts herself in danger when she walks up to the superhero and exclaims "Oh my gosh!" At Birth.Movies.Death. they called the moment "super super cute." Once Wonder Woman gets the little girl to safety she takes out the gunmen, leaps to the mall's ground floor, and runs out of the mall and on into the city. 

At Birth.Movies.Death., Evan Saathoff noted happily how, compared to 2017's Wonder Woman, this scene "was decidedly brighter, faster and (brace yourself) sillier." 

A mystery woman

In late July 2018, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Natasha Rothwell was joining the cast of Wonder Woman 1984. Known best for her work as Kelli on HBO's Insecure, Rothwell joins the Wonder Woman 1984 production without any reveals about her character.

Rothwell responded to the report by tweeting simply "I have no words." Rothwell fans responded by flooding her with congratulations and support.

One possibility that seems likely is that Rothwell will play an '80s answer to Etta Candy (Lucy Davis) from the first film — a character who acted both as a friend to Diana and comic relief for the film. But you never know, especially when it comes to superhero movies. Rothwell could be playing a villain, or another hero. Really, it's tough to not wonder — if Rothwell is playing something as relatively non "super" as a friend/comic relief — why her character's name hasn't been released. You don't hide the character names for the guy playing Alfred the Butler or Ned "The Guy in the Chair" Leeds" — you hide the name of the dude who's secretly playing Ra's al Ghul or the one you think is the Mandarin but is actually playing a brainless junkie actor who has no idea what he's doing but is pretty hilarious while he does it.

Looking to the future

We may need to wait to 2020 to see Wonder Woman kicking butt in shopping malls, but Patty Jenkins is already thinking about the follow-up to Wonder Woman 1984. In early 2019, she told Vanity Fair she has something specific in mind for the third chapter in Wonder Woman's solo cinematic saga. 

"I have pretty clear plans for Wonder Woman 3," Jenkins told Vanity Fair. She didn't get specific about her ideas, but she went on to make it clear she hoped her plan would stick whether Warner Bros. continued with her as director or not. She told Vanity Fair "Whether I [direct] it or not, I see how her arc should end in my incarnation of Wonder Woman. I have great passion for that."

Regardless of what her plans are, it seems likely if Wonder Woman 1984 enjoys the same kind of success as Wonder Woman, Jenkins will get her chance to finish the story she started.

Wish you were here

In an interview that was originally posted to Gal Gadot's Instagram (via ScreenRant), director Patty Jenkins joked about regretting Wonder Woman 1984's release date pushed back to 2020, though it was her petitioning to Warner Bros. that got the date pushed back. 

In the interview, Jenkins says that now that she's seen the finished product, it's almost too good to wait. Jenkins said in the interview "I've just screened a version of the film. And now I'm 'Oh my God can we move [the release date] back up again? I cannot wait to release this film."

Wonder Woman 1984 was originally scheduled for a theatrical release in Nov. 1, 2019, but the date was pushed to June 5, 2020 due to what she called the "changing landscape." The changes Jenkins was referring to most likely had something to do with the various casting shake-ups in the DCEU, not to mention the Oct. 2019 release of Joker.

Wonder Woman for the holidays?

Fans were disappointed in early June 2019 to learn that Warner Bros. wouldn't have a panel in Hall H of San Diego's Comic Con in July. Upcoming film or television projects usually make appearances there, and fans waiting for more news for Wonder Woman 1984 had hoped to see some new footage, or maybe even a trailer. 

Unfortunately, it looks like fans are going to have to wait a little longer for the first Wonder Woman 1984 teaser, but the good news is that director Patty Jenkins may have let us know when to expect it. Taking to Twitter shortly after the Hall H news broke, Jenkins wrote, "By now you've heard: WB isn't going to Hall H this year. We're so sad to miss you there! And waiting until Dec. to start our official  campaign in full." Attached to the tweet was a poster showing Gal Gadot in a new gold uniform. 

Mentioning that Warner Bros. will be "waiting until Dec. to start our official #WW84 campaign in full" may mean that's when we can expect to see the first teaser trailer for Wonder Woman 1984. Hopefully, we can expect at least one holiday treat at the end of the year.

Diana in gold

At the same time director Patty Jenkins mentioned that the Wonder Woman 1984 campaign would start "in full" in December, she gave fans something of a treat to tide them over — a dynamic poster featuring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in a stunning new gold costume set against a colorful kaleidoscope background. 

Prior to Jenkins' reveal, the only costume we'd seen in photos for Wonder Woman 1984 was the same basic design as the one we saw in 2017's Wonder Woman. The new outfit has a more royal feel to it — and it doesn't look like what you'd usually think Wonder Woman would wear in a fight. It's also a little bit "space age." It's particularly interesting when you remember that Wonder Woman 1984 takes place before Wonder Woman's appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, which leads us to the question of why we never see this costume in those films.

It's only speculation but considering the more regal feel of the outfit, one possibility is that it points to a possible return to Themyscira. Diana is, after all, literally a princess and might be expected to look the part if/when she gets home. 

The banner

While it didn't feature any new gold costumes, an '80s-style banner showed up at the 2019 Licensing Expo in early June. 

A Spanish-speaking Expo attendee tweeted a shot of the banner, which shows Gadot in her more classic costume. "WW84" appears behind her in an '80s-inspired font, highlighting the era in which the film is set. The image was posted on the web only a day before Patty Jenkins revealed the poster showing Wonder Woman's new gold costume on Twitter.

Considering everything, it looks like the Warner Bros. marketing team is getting behind the movie's period setting. Upcoming movie posters and convention banners could include the Themysciran Princess playing Dig Dug in an arcade or maybe appearing as a guest VJ on MTV. It's too bad Highlander – a film about immortal warriors, including a Scottish man who's been alive since the 16th century — didn't come out until 1986. Otherwise maybe Diana and Steve could go see it in the theater and Steve would have to explain afterward that it wasn't a documentary. 

Why 1984?

While appearing on Deadline's "Crew Call" podcast (Via Heroic Hollywood), Patty Jenkins spoke to the question of why she chose 1984 America as the time and setting for the sequel to Wonder Woman. Jenkins didn't get too far into it, but she said more about it than she has previously. 

"I picked 1984 for a very specific reason," Jenkins said. "I think it was the pinnacle of the success in the '80s… because it's before the market started to get a little more struggling as the '80s went on… I feel like there's something about the excess of that period of time, which is so linked up to where we are in the world right now." 

While there's no way to know for sure what Jenkins means until the movie is released — or alternatively until she opens up more about it — she seems to be pointing to social and/or political themes and subtexts. She's set the film specifically at what she calls the "pinnacle of success" right before things got shakier. It's only speculation, but possibly she wants to warn us that we're getting ready for a similar decline? 

Not about Chris

While we still don't know for certain exactly how Steve Trevor will be returning to the land of the living in Wonder Woman 1984, Chris Pine spoke with Wonder Woman co-star Robin Wright in early June 2019 about the upcoming film as part of Variety's Actors on Actors series (via /Film). Pine didn't get too specific, but what he said hinted at the notion that his role in Wonder Woman 1984 won't bring him into the action quite so much.

"What I've found this time, the tables had turned on me as a man in terms of how I interacted and played on screen," Pine said. "I loved my lady. I loved, as the character, my woman. My partner. So that came to define this man."

Pine also told Wright that the tables turning in this way didn't represent an easy transition. He talked about trying to get Patty Jenkins to let him in more action scenes, and joked about how the mantra of the production for him became "Not about you."

"My ego comes out, and I told Patty [Jenkins] all the time, 'I want the big… fight! Let me climb something!'" Pine told Wright. "And she's like 'No. Not about you.'… She said 'Not about you' more times making this film."