'Wonder Woman 1984' Photo Harkens Back to 1960s Comics

Director Patty Jenkins unveiled the hero's new look to celebrate Gal Gadot's birthday.
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'Wonder Woman' will have a sequel in 2020.

The first glimpse of Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 has been released online, and for long-term fans, there’s a surprising call-back to fashion choices from the hero’s comic book past.

Director Patty Jenkins shared the image of a Gadot from the upcoming follow-up to 2017 Wonder Woman on Twitter, in a message celebrating the actor's birthday. Rather than depicting the character in her familiar red, blue and gold armor, it instead shows her wearing what appears to be an all-white ensemble not entirely distant from her look during the controversial era of comics in the late 1960s when Diana lost her powers and became a mod-inspired martial artist for a number of years. (It sounds unlikely, but it lasted from Wonder Woman No. 178 through No. 204, and has since been collected in a four-volume series called Diana Prince: Wonder Woman.)

Is the costume choice simply an Easter egg for fans, or a hint that Diana’s 1980s adventure might see her temporarily without her Amazon-born abilities? That’s not entirely out of the question, given that the movie features Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva, whose comic book counterpart has demonstrated more knowledge of Amazon culture than most. Could that translate into an ability to steal Diana’s powers … ?

Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled for release June 5, 2020.