'Wonder Woman 1984' Brings Surprise Footage to Comic-Con
Wonder Woman 1984 is still more than a year away, but that didn't stop Diana Prince from making her presence known in Hall H.
Despite being less than four weeks into production, Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and surprise guest Chris Pine brought footage from the follow-up to 2017's Wonder Woman to Hall H, showing Wonder Woman in a mall food court dealing with two bad guys with guns — much to the amazement of a group of young girls. (Yes, of course she used the lasso.)
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Jenkins said that the setting of the new movie, 70 years after the original, was deliberate. "I grew up in the '80s," she explained. "It really was mankind at its best and worst. It was grand and wonderful with great music. At the same time, we were revealing the worst of us." The worst, she went on, included the peak of the Cold War and an increase in the threat of nuclear annihilation. "What an interesting time to reflect on now," she said.
In first-look images from production, Jenkins and star Gadot revealed that Chris Pine's character, Steve Trevor, would be back for the sequel, complete with a Members Only jacket. Joining the cast for the follow-up is Kristen Wiig, playing villain Cheetah, and Narcos star Pedro Pascal.
Pine's appearance in the second movie — after Steve Trevor's death in the first — was played up by the guests and host Aisha Tyler, with the latter even asking, "What're you doing here, Chris?" No definitive answer was given regarding Trevor's apparent resurrection, although there are many possibilities from comic book lore.
Discussing the appeal of Wonder Woman, Jenkins said, "I feel that she is us, more than most superheroes. People find themselves in Wonder Woman, in all genders, sizes and disabilities. So staying very true to that original [vision from creator William Moulton] Marston — kind, giving, but powerful — she is everyone of us. That's what I care about."
Both Jenkins and Gadot described Wonder Woman 1984 as its own movie and not a sequel to the first, per se. "The bar is high, but we are hoping that what we bring you guys will love," said Gadot.
Jenkins added, "We can make a whole new movie that's as strong and unique as the first. It's not more of anything; it's its own thing."
The first Wonder Woman movie became a massive success in 2017, grossing more than $800 million at the global box office.
Wonder Woman 1984 will hit theaters Nov. 2, 2019.
by Pamela McClintock
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