I‘ve always thought that when it comes to fandom, anticipation is half the fun. Anxiously awaiting a release date, counting down the days until a Comic Con panel, and the like. But every once in a while something coming as a complete surprise is the most delightful thing. Such was the case on Wednesday morning, when we got the most amazing news about the Wonder Woman sequel totally unexpectedly. I gasped like an antebellum debutante when I saw it, and Beth had it posted in our Facebook group (where you should come join us, we talk about all kinds of fun stuff) almost immediately. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot sent out the details via tweet and they’re everything we could possibly want them to be.
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) June 13, 2018
And so we have our official title. Wonder Woman 1984.
That would have been exciting enough, but our girl Patty dropped another massive bomb on the fans, and this one was a doozy.
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 13, 2018
Oh my God. Steve Trevor is back and he’s in a tracksuit. I did expect to see him in the sequel, but I didn’t think we’d know for sure that he was going to be in it this early. That’s one massive spoiler alert we don’t have to worry about at release time, because the director had no problem telling us about it. Maybe the powers that be thought it would be an impossible secret to keep so they had nothing to lose by breaking the news themselves. Whatever the reason, it’s a bold move. The question now is how he’s back, since his death at the end of Wonder Woman seemed fairly definitive. I’ve already seen theories that Diana is hallucinating him, which is certainly possible. And who among us hasn’t imagined Chris Pine inexplicably appearing in our lives? At the same time, literally anything is possible in superhero movies.
Photos from filming surfaced online later that day, and look at this 80s gear. Diana with that jacket and belt, and Steve with a FANNY PACK. What a beautiful beacon of light in this dark world.
Before Wednesday, we knew a few other details about the movie: Kristen Wiig will play the film’s villain, Cheetah, and Pedro Pascal has been cast in an as-yet-undisclosed role.
As exciting as all of this is, we still have such a long wait for the finished product. Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on November 1st, 2019. So much time to wonder if Steve will also don parachute pants and a Miami Vice blazer.