Everything We Know

Everything We Know About Wonder Woman 1984: New Trailer Gives First Look at Cheetah

Patty Jenkins' superhero sequel will premiere in inernational markets on December 16, then debut both in theaters and on HBO Max on Christmas Day in the U.S.

by | November 18, 2020 | Comments

Updated August 22 with the second full trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 and new details from DC FanDome, including our first full look at Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah. 

As the follow-up to the expectation-defying Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 1984 has a lot to live up to. How will it present a story about Diana (Gal Gadot) in 1984 Washington D.C. if she spent a century in seclusion? Can director Patty Jenkins take the visual language she developed in the first film to new heights? How is Steve Tevor (Chris Pine) back, despite exploding over Europe in 1918? What will this movie’s take on the comics’ villain, Cheetah, be?

More light was shed on a number of these questions at DC’s epic online convention, DC FanDome, where director Patty Jenkins was joined by Gadot, Pine, Pedro Pascal, and Kristen Wiig (with a special appearance from original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter) answered fan questions and dropped the second official trailer for the movie. The trailer revealed that the original movie’s mix of epic action and sharp humor is still in place – with Steve now the fish-out-of-water, marveling at the 1980s-ness of it all – and gave us our first full look at Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah, transformed.

Here’s what we know about about Wonder Woman 1984 so far.

[Updated on November 18, 2020]


It’s set firmly in the ’80s, Both in Style and Ethos

Warner Bros. Pictures

(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

From the moment it was put into production, Wonder Woman 1984 has not been shy about its Reagan-era setting. With the arrival of malls, digital watches, infomercials, and Atari, the film will feature a number of key cultural milestones and artifacts for comedic and dramatic purposes. But beyond the leaps in technology (and popular films), the 1980s represents something crucial to Jenkins. Beyond Wonder Woman’s association with the time period – thanks to reruns of the Wonder Woman television series starring Lynda Carter – the director told the audience at the CCXP fan event in December of 2019 that the ‘80s were “the height of our civilization.” Considering the way movie studios mine films from the decade for modern entertainment, we’re inclined to agree with her.

But beyond that, there was an incredible inequity brewing underneath the conspicuous consumption, blockbuster films, and power ties — the sort of thing Diana must have been appalled to see. Of course, it remains to be seen if the screenplay by Dave Callaham, DC mainstay Geoff Johns, and Jenkins will address that issue or use one of its villains as a simpler conflict. But the latest trailer, revealed at DC FanDome, suggests it will be a theme. In one scene, we witness villain Max Lord (Pedro Pascal) saying, “Anything you want, anything you dream of, you can have it.” And it looks like that ethos may be taken a little too far from the movie’s other villain, Wiig’s Barbara Minerva, or Cheetah.

For her part, the Amazonian exile is “quite lonely,” according to Jenkins — although the film will feature some sort of Themyscirian flashback with both Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright returning as Hippolyta and Antiope — but continues to help out where she can while avoiding the increased presence of security and news cameras. Which means, to some extent, the film will maintain the idea from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that she hid from the world following Steve’s death.


Steve Trevor Is Back

Warner Bros. Pictures

(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Despite his very heroic end, Steve is back in this installment. In fact, Jenkins said the story “couldn’t be told without Steve Trevor.” While we do not know the exact mechanics of his resurrection, we’re happy to see him (and Pine) return – and so is Diana, even if she looks like she’s seen a ghost when they reunite – as he was part of the first film’s magic. This time, though, it is clear Diana will be teaching him about his own country after being out of circulation for nearly 70 years. Movies were silent and Lenin was in power when he died, so Ghostbusters and the Cold War will only be the start of his culture shock. In the latest trailer, for example, he is surprised by the invention of radar technology.

But one thing we also noticed in the film’s first trailer, released in December 2019, was the revelation that Diana spent some time with Steve’s family after the war ended. The pictures of Diana on the Trevor Ranch only begin to tell the story we hope gets a little more meat when the film premieres.


Maxwell Lord Has A Plan 

Warner Bros. Pictures

(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Diana’s life in 1984 will not just revolve around simple crimefighting. Her opponent here is Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal). The character was introduced to the DC Universe in 1987 as an ambiguously virtuous but occasionally villainous multi-millionaire with mind control powers (yet susceptible to telepathic suggestion himself) and a plan to reform the Justice League. The heir to a family fortune, he finally chose true villainy at the turn of the century. In the comics, Diana killed him, but he made sure his death at her hands would be broadcast to the world, inspiring a movement against Wonder Woman.

While something so public is unlikely in Wonder Woman 1984, it is clear from the trailers he will use the power of television to broadcast his ideas (and maybe telepathic commands?) to the world. Jenkins referred to him as the “King of Infomericals selling a dream to the public” and “very much a man of his time,” so we’re inclined to believe a certain mesmerism is afoot. The glimpses of him we’ve seen so far also give him that used-car-salesman-on-a-local-TV-ad vibe. He may not be as polished as the Max of the comics, but Jenkins assured fans at CCXP that Diana has “never met anyone like him before.”

And his real plan in the film? That remains to be seen. But trailer two reveals he connects directly with the movie’s other villain.


Yes, Barbara Minerva Will Go Full Cheetah

Wonder Woman 1984

While Diana has faced off against the Olympian Gods, Darkseid, and would-be successors over the years, her best enemy is Cheetah. Introduced as a debutante with several personas in 1943, the character would evolve into a capable archaeologist with an interest in Diana’s Themyscirian roots and artifacts. And as those years went by, she also emerged as Wonder Woman’s archfoe. Jenkins described the film’s version of Cheetah, Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig), as both “sweet” and “Diana’s friend” as the film begins, but those qualities will reverse by its conclusion.

In the second trailer, revealed at DC FanDome, fans got their first look at Barbara’s eventual Cheetah form, a mixture of practical makeup and CGI. “Barbara, what did you do?” asks Diana, as the look is revealed; the trailer shows snippets of what looks to be an epic final battle between the two former friends.

Like Max, we’re unsure of Barbara’s full motives, but perhaps her comic book counterpart’s initial obsession with Diana’s Lasso of Truth gives us something to work with. So much so, we’d be willing to think her friendship with Diana is entirely a ruse. We do get hints in the new trailer that jealousy will play a part – Wonder Woman’s shadow is a substantial one to live in. “I wanna be an apex predator,” Barbara says at one point; at a mother, she tells Wonder Woman, “Now it’s my turn… get used to it.”


Young Wonder Woman Will Feature Again 

Wonder Woman 1984

The new trailer also revealed that we will spend some time in the past with young Wonder Woman and the Amazonians of Themyscira. We see young Diana in a huge, colosseum-like arena, competing in some sort of race.


It Will Feature Real People In Real Environments

Warner Bros. Pictures

(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Except for a handful of moments in the first trailer, Wonder Woman 1984 continues the renaissance of practical costumes, environments, and stunts. According to Jenkins, much of the film will be “real people in real environments,” even if one of the shots in the trailer looked to be an entirely computer generated thunder storm.

While speaking at the CCXP fan event, Gadot said, “We shot most of it… It was not easy to do, but it was amazing.”

And that sense of reality, even from just one trailer, sets Wonder Woman apart from many of the earlier DC films in the current cycle. The spirit of verisimilitude was there in the original Superman and appears again to some extent in films like Shazam! and the first Wonder Woman – both stories that benefited from having one foot in reality – while films like Justice League and Aquaman required more extensive use of CG elements. That said, we appreciate the level of dedication it takes to put real people into tougher stunts and to resist the impulse toward widespread CGI in any given shot.

Although, it is pretty cool to see Diana swing off that CGI lightning.


Wonder Woman 1984 will debut in theaters and on HBO Max on December 25, 2020.

Tag Cloud

ID historical drama Tubi talk show Film Festival PaleyFest See It Skip It 72 Emmy Awards PlayStation Video Games Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 2018 strong female leads what to watch archives streaming doctor who witnail Mary poppins ESPN Sony Pictures true crime Writers Guild of America Travel Channel animated TLC sag awards Musicals PBS reboot Winners TV Biopics 2020 Election facebook obituary Disney cooking A24 zombie quibi OWN binge game show SXSW TCA Winter 2020 Grammys Winter TV Sundance Now green book Mystery Avengers boxoffice HBO Go Spring TV breaking bad USA Network Mindy Kaling Paramount Network Summer Comedy Central name the review documentary Fox News IFC TruTV Spike Elton John 2015 007 all-time canceled Tomatazos scary movies theme song DC streaming service The CW FX dceu Marvel Television blockbuster spain festival cops Sneak Peek Hallmark disaster Logo Superheroes fresh Rom-Com GoT psycho Lifetime 45 Ellie Kemper comedies richard e. Grant docudrama Netflix Peacock cats TIFF emmy awards halloween tv singing competition composers Mary Poppins Returns Dark Horse Comics mission: impossible indiana jones Box Office CBS All Access stoner spanish Holiday Music space NBC President Comedy E! movies comiccon A&E parents Universal Pixar tv talk Discovery Channel harry potter Vudu Emmy Nominations Mudbound Amazon Prime The Purge spy thriller National Geographic Pop TV dramedy twilight TCM Disney streaming service scorecard Cosplay The Academy television Television Academy Hallmark Christmas movies Star Wars rt archives CBS worst movies Emmys dc Columbia Pictures VICE BAFTA elevated horror Premiere Dates Lucasfilm Trailer toy story FX on Hulu fast and furious travel Quiz Year in Review festivals chucky BET miniseries foreign teaser politics Britbox diversity Kids & Family french 24 frames Fantasy 4/20 social media Fall TV rotten Character Guide dark Tarantino Academy Awards halloween discovery cinemax American Society of Cinematographers TCA Awards Lionsgate golden globes 21st Century Fox CMT GLAAD Rocketman science fiction nfl BET Awards Apple TV Plus crime nbcuniversal Funimation classics hollywood Amazon Studios joker Anna Paquin Pet Sematary biography CNN serial killer Polls and Games video natural history Apple TV+ Masterpiece Drama The Witch Comics on TV christmas movies romance Classic Film hispanic crime thriller Epix Starz toronto venice RT21 Super Bowl worst universal monsters Showtime Interview spider-man HBO Max Amazon sitcom Crackle Disney Plus AMC ratings nature Schedule revenge mockumentary sports BBC America reviews DirecTV documentaries Ovation Adult Swim TV renewals 2016 black slashers children's TV First Look blaxploitation book news football Paramount Animation Hulu Pirates Apple Stephen King cancelled TV shows Horror Nat Geo cars Opinion Rocky cancelled TV series aliens 20th Century Fox Set visit finale Podcast HBO mutant First Reviews Television Critics Association Baby Yoda comic books Red Carpet BBC One anthology Song of Ice and Fire police drama Esquire Women's History Month Holidays TCA versus justice league VOD Spectrum Originals DC Comics YouTube Lifetime Christmas movies Thanksgiving TV Land Western USA The Arrangement robots crossover Awards Tour Nickelodeon Sundance TV critics ghosts TCA 2017 sequels adaptation San Diego Comic-Con Shudder APB Netflix Christmas movies canceled TV shows CW Seed Star Trek cancelled MTV Fox Searchlight crime drama Black Mirror Mary Tyler Moore Photos BBC 2019 WarnerMedia based on movie Film satire History renewed TV shows zombies Countdown directors die hard werewolf thriller Pop supernatural TBS The Walking Dead asian-american DC Universe casting spanish language Best and Worst Hear Us Out dogs YA game of thrones Oscars Heroines Ghostbusters Reality Competition Certified Fresh New York Comic Con stop motion Reality Marvel Studios laika unscripted Binge Guide 2017 concert Warner Bros. Trivia Marathons technology series batman Action SDCC VH1 Comic Book criterion Black History Month Teen Creative Arts Emmys medical drama war screen actors guild Crunchyroll screenings Cartoon Network LGBT Infographic remakes adventure DGA latino deadpool TNT japanese Family Turner vampires 99% free movies IFC Films Endgame FOX Syfy franchise Disney Channel 71st Emmy Awards Cannes X-Men Pride Month WGN italian romantic comedy ABC Family SundanceTV YouTube Premium australia comic superhero El Rey Superheroe child's play FXX Nominations rotten movies we love Calendar Awards anime RT History Martial Arts hist E3 Amazon Prime Video Shondaland independent Valentine's Day Watching Series spinoff Extras Disney+ Disney Plus sequel best NYCC films ITV OneApp MCU Rock period drama Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Freeform Brie Larson cartoon cancelled television Sci-Fi south america Country political drama Acorn TV Captain marvel Musical Christmas movie jamie lee curtis YouTube Red a nightmare on elm street Trophy Talk GIFs zero dark thirty dragons Food Network psychological thriller video on demand cults Chernobyl Walt Disney Pictures ABC Sundance award winner comics Tumblr Bravo Alien LGBTQ Turner Classic Movies kids stand-up comedy Marvel transformers indie MSNBC Arrowverse boxing Toys james bond