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Judging by the new Wonder Woman 1984 trailer, the second solo outing for Gal Gadot’s superhero is a tale of being careful for what you wish for — fittingly for a movie set in the era when greed was, apparently, good.
The trailer, debuted during DC FanDome, doesn’t just push the titular hero to the fore, with Diana surprised by the seeming resurrection of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) almost seven decades after his death in the first movie — although not so surprised that she’d pass up the opportunity for a fashion show with some very outdated stylistic choices; it also offers the first reveal of Kristin Wiig’s Barbara Minerva in final animalistic form, which longtime comic fans are likely to be thrilled to see, given that it feels styled after George Perez’s and Nicola Scott’s interpretations of the villain.
The footage of Cheetah fighting Wonder Woman — with Diana asking, “Barbara, what did you do?” upon seeing the transformed villain for the first time — is likely to be the most attention-grabbing element of the new trailer, but perhaps more attention should be paid to Pedro Pascal’s Maxwell Lord, who remains suspiciously in the background even now, accompanied by all manner of questions surrounding his purpose in the movie.
The opening of the trailer sees him announcing to the world, “anything you want, anything you dream of, you can have it” — but how, exactly, is he able to make that happen, especially if it involves transforming an academic into a literal animal (or, potentially, bringing Steve Trevor back from the dead)? What connection does he have with the U.S Government, and is that somehow related to the first stage of Minerva’s transformation, where she fights Wonder Woman in what appears to be the White House? And why does he seem quite so sick when he’s talking to Minerva on a plane midway through the trailer — is there a physical cost to his using whatever powers he has?
(It’s worth noting that, in comic book mythology, Lord has mind control powers, raising the possibility that he’s not actually able to give people what they want, but he is able to make them think that he has…)
During the Saturday morning panel, director Patty Jenkins said that filmmakers behind Wonder Woman 1984 want to ensure the movie is released in theaters, despite the wait. “I really think the movie is so great on the big screen,” she said. “We’re gonna stick it out.” The movie is currently scheduled for an Oct. 2, 2020 release.
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