“Wonder Woman 2” Confirmed for 1980s, Chris Pine’s Return

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Patty Jenkins, director of the DC Extended Universe’s Wonder Woman movies, has confirmed that Wonder Woman 2 will be set during the 1980s, and that Chris Pine will return for the sequel.

Both these facts had previously been rumored after the movie was announced, but were given the official word by Jenkins at a CinemaCon presentation.

The original Wonder Woman movie was set during World War I, despite most of the franchise taking place in the modern day. It featured the basic elements of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)’s origins, familiar to most comic book fans: Diana is an Amazon who grew up on the utopian island of Themiscyra, and met an American pilot named Steve Trevor (played by Pine) when he crashed there. Learning about the war, she left with him to try and resolve it, and in the process faces off against Ares, the Greek god of conflict.

The new movie will be another period piece, and there is some word that it will involve the Soviet Union, similar to how the original used the Germans as co-villains with Ares. We do know that Kristen Wiig has been cast as the Cheetah, a well-known Wonder Woman antagonist (and sometimes ally) who, like her, has powers granted to her from a mythological source.

More confusing is the word that Chris Pine will be coming back for the sequel. On the one hand, his version of Trevor was deuteragonist of the first film and had a romance with Diana/Wonder Woman. On the other hand (spoiler alert)… he died. And it would be hard to pull a “secretly lived” twist when Diana is still mourning his death back in the present of Justice League, and for a movie where he would be far older anyway.

The movie may go in the same direction as the old Wonder Woman TV show, which had the title character meet “Steve Trevor” in World War II and then his son, “Steve Trevor Jr.,” in the then-modern 1970s; both were played by Lyle Waggoner. If he is the original’s son/nephew/etc., one could expect Diana to have a difficult time relating to him. Alternatively, maybe Pine will have a small part in some sort of flashback of dream sequence.

Wonder Woman 2 is scheduled for release November 1, 2019.

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