By Dominic Messier, Founder, Editor and Film Writer
Given the incredibly successful (not to mention lucrative) box office results from superhero films of the last decade or so, it’s no surprise that DC is following the Marvel Cinematic recipe of releasing standalone films of its Justice League heroes.
Having destroyed expectations with the 2017 Wonder Woman release, star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins reunite for a 1980s era piece recounting Diana of Themiscyra’s adventures as she moves agelessly through the shadows of the 20th Century, re-surging to fight injustice when needed.
Plot details are few at this stage of filming, save for the fact that audiences can expect to see Saturday Night Live‘s Kristen Wiig pop up as this film’s baddie, a scientist named Barbara Ann Minerva, who most of us comic book aficionados already know as the feral Cheetah, one of Wonder Woman’s better known foes.
That said, early publicity stills obviously hint at the film’s 1980s setting, decades before Diana was to meet Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent and the gang. So the next mystery question becomes obvious:
Didn’t Steve Trevor die in World War I?
Unless the above promo still hints at a dream scene or some form of hallucination Wonder Woman might be experiencing at the hands of some dastardly villain, it appears that good old Steve Trevor, Diana’s paramour from the first film and war hero who sacrificed himself to help win the war against Ares, is back.
Whether he’s a descendant of the original Trevor (as seen in comics or on the 1970s Lynda Carter-led show of the same name), a clone or some other doppelganger, is unclear. What we do know is that he’s in a nondescript American mall at the height of 80s kitsch, surrounded by perms, white gym socks and pastel colors. Kudos to the production design team for giving Gen Xers painful style flashbacks. Egads.
As for Diana, her iconic outfit doesn’t seem to have gone through too many changes from her original armor, as she faces some opponent in front of what appears to be a Vegas-style wall of glittery lights, as seen below:
The film has a tentative North American release date of November 1, 2019, and is one of several DC projects currently in the production pipeline, along with the Jason Momoa-led Aquaman due this Christmas, a standalone Flash film in 2020, an untitled Batman film, as well as the inevitable reunion project of a Justice League sequel.