Gal Gadot gave the DCEU a royal rumble that helped push Marvel’s closest competition out of the rut it found itself in, so naturally her comic book movie comeback, Wonder Woman 1984 is an anticipated one. The only issue is when we’re actually going to get it. Currently the heroic Amazon has rescheduled like all other major tentpole pictures of late, set to be landing in cinemas August 14, which will be the fifth move date to, well…date. That’s no worry for director Patty Jenkins though, as she had Diana’s return signed off for months now, which explains why Wonder Woman is dressed head-to-toe in a fancy gold get up and not rubber gloves and a face mask.
The new stills come courtesy of Empire who will have Wonder Woman front and centre in this months issue, as well as some interesting details about what we can expect when we touch down in 1984. Turns out that a lot has happened to Diana following her battle in WWI that saw her gain a victory over Ares the god of war and CGI battles, but a loss of love after stupidly handsome Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) sacrificed himself. Speaking to Empire, director Patty Jenkins explains, “the first movie was a coming of age, it was Diana becoming Wonder Woman. She was very naive and she didn’t understand the complexities of life. A fish out of water. In this movie, that’s not the case whatsoever. Diana has evolved. She’s much more mature and very wise. However, she’s very lonely. She lost all of her team members and she’s guarded. And then something crazy happens.”
Should the trailer not have given it away already, said crazy moment would be the return of, you guessed it Steve Trevor. Last seen given it the Steve Rodgers treatment, details as to how the hell Diana’s long, long lost love makes a comeback are being kept under wraps, because well, no one likes a spoil sport. While plot is playing a factor in his return, both Jenkins and Gadot wanted to reunite the trinity of the first film because it was just so darn good. Gadot told Empire, “Chris was an integral part of the movie, and of its success, and because he and I and Patty really enjoyed working together, we all wanted to have him back. And Patty and [co-writer] Geoff Johns found the best way that serves the narrative to bring Steve back.”
Be sure to get the latest issue of Empire for all this and more talk of Wonder Woman 1984. That kind of rhymes, so you know it’s true. As for the film itself, you can expect to see Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal, arriving in cinemas August 14.