Given that she’s had to travel to us from her first adventure back in 1918, we can forgive Diana Prince for taking a little extra time to return to the big screen.
Finally, though, on 16 December, Wonder Woman 1984 opens on ODEON screens and we can’t wait.
Here’s everything you need to know – including a couple of very cool new reveals – before the big day.
Wonder Woman 1984 release date
After a year of uncertainty and release-date turmoil, Wonder Woman has a final release date of 16 December. And with that announcement, 2020 gets to end on a blockbusting note of hope and positivity. Here’s what Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, had to say on Twitter when the final release date was announced:
“It wasn’t an easy decision and we never thought we’d have to hold onto the release for such a long time but COVID rocked all of our worlds. We feel the movie has never been so relevant and we hope that it’ll bring some joy, hope, and love to your hearts. Wonder Woman 1984 is a special one for me and I can only hope it’ll be as special to you too.”
WW 1984 – what is the plot of Wonder Woman 1984?
66 years after the immortal Amazonian goddess, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), first encountered the turbulent world of Man (and fell in love with dashing WW1 pilot Steve Trevor), the Themysciran princess-slash-art historian is living an uneventful life in 1980s Washington DC.
As producer Charles Roven puts it, “She has not only had the loss of Steve Trevor. She’s lost nearly all the people that are important to her because they’re not immortal, and her life is actually quite lonely and spartan.”
But this is the decade of sensory overlord and conspicuous excess, and Diana’s decidedly un-80s quiet life is thrown upside down with the emergence of two formidable foes: entrepreneur and mind-controlling megalomaniac Max Lord (Pedro Pascal) and former colleague-turned ruthless apex predator, Barbara Minerva/Cheetah (Kristen Wiig).
And then there’s the seemingly impossible return of her true love, Steve Trevor, looking not a day older than he did when he sacrificed himself to save the population of London back in 1918. Is Steve just a figment of Diana’s grieving imagination made real by Max Lord? Can Diana appeal to Barbara’s better nature, or is her bestial Cheetah alter ego in control? There’s only one way to find out...
Wonder Woman 1984 cast and characters
Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is played again by Gal Gadot, who first got the world’s attention playing Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious 5, 6 & 7. Perfectly tempering the serenity and steel of a superpowered goddess with the loneliness of an immortal, Gadot wields the Lasso of Hestia like she was born to do it.
Saturday Night Live alumnus Kristen Wiig, meanwhile, plays Barbara Minerva, Diana’s colleague and BFF turned apex predator, Cheetah. Best known for her comedic roles in the likes of Bridesmaids Wiig’s gradual evolution from geeky academic to shape-shifting villain is a revelation.
Pedro Pascal has been crushing it on the small screen for years in must-watch shows such as Game of Thrones and The Mandalorian. Now, with his stellar turn as charismatic (and deeply evil) entrepreneur Max Lord in Wonder Woman 1984, surely world domination is within his grasp?
Lastly, WW 1984 sees the return of Chris Pine as blue-eyed flyboy and love of Diana Prince’s life, Steve Trevor. Yes, Trevor did appear to die at the end of 2017’s Wonder Woman. And no, he doesn’t appear to have aged since 1918. We cannot wait to discover how Diana’s self-effacing, brave and funny boyf has returned.
Want to know more about the film’s wondrous cast? Check out our extended examination of Wonder Woman 1984's heroes and villains...
Who is Wonder Woman 1984’s director?
You could say director Patty Jenkins was fated to take the DC Extended Universe by storm. As a kid, she and her sister were dropped off to wait out a snowstorm at a cinema just a few months after her father had passed away.
The film they went to see? Richard Donner’s Superman.
Jenkins recalled to Variety:
“I remember everything about the experience of seeing it. It really hit me in that way of exactly what I think superheroes were designed to do — to inspire you to metaphorically imagine the superhero within.”
Years later, the then writer/director of the incredible Monster (2003) almost hitched her wagon to the MCU going so far as being hired to direct Thor: The Dark World in 2011. But that was not to be and Jenkins eventually got the gig bringing DC’s very own Wonder Woman to the big screen. Wonder Woman’s 2017 origin story was a huge success, handily outgrossing Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II. Naturally, then, Jenkins was the only one to bring WW1984 to cinemas.
“I always thought, because of Superman, one day I want to make a movie that makes other people feel like that movie made me feel. The fact that that’s come true is so stunning.”
Wonder Woman 1984 fun facts and cool reveals
Wonder Woman 1984 trailer
Believe it or not, it's been almost a year exactly since we got our first glimpse of Wonder Woman 1984 and the dazzling new direction that it will take the DC extended universe.
As trailers go, the first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 set the blockbuster bar high. Set to a bombastic orchestral rework of New Order's Blue Monday, the trailer was the perfect way to get us excited for a superhero action epic set in the era-of-excess 80s.
If there's a better way to get excited for the film now it's finally here, we'd like to see it...