One thing that has the complete attention of fans since the official Wonder Woman 1984 announcement is Diana’s golden armour. Seeing Gal Gadot donning the armour in the official images as well as the new Wonder Woman 2 trailer has set fans speculating its purpose in the movie.
Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman 2 has been delayed several time due to the coronavirus. The cast of the movie will now be present at DC Fandome event where fans expect new footage from the creators. While usually everything around a big production such as Wonder Woman is always under a tight wrap, its usually small things that slip out.
Wonder Woman’s Golden Eagle Armour
As per a leak by ScreenRant, WB’s marketing wing has made a slip with Wonder Woman’s junior novelization and many interesting details were revealed. The novel contains the first two acts of the movie leaving out the ultimate fight between Cheetah and Diana. While this novel is meant for children, the plot pretty much fits with what we have seen in trailers and images so far.
Watch Wonder Woman 2 New Cheetah Trailer
Patty Jenkin’s trailers sketch 80’s cold war era perfectly on screen. The trailers establish Steve Trevor’s (Chris Pine) curious resurrection and Cheetah’s (Kristen Wiig) inevitable rise. Meanwhile, taking away the limelight from Wonder Woman’s true villain Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) on purpose. Both trailers showcase Diana’s golden armour.
Wonder Woman fans know well when Diana dons the golden armour it’s a war. The armour first appeared in Elseworlds: Kingdom Come comic and since have been reiterated by many artists as a canon. For Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Oscar winning costume designer Lindy Hemming has created the on-screen armour taking inspiration from ancient Roman soldiers.
While fans theorize the purpose of the armour is to protect her in the big battle against Cheetah as she has lost her powers to dream stone. The origin of the armour remained a mystery. However, the junior novel has some key answers.
Warning! Spoilers Ahead
Interestingly the leaked novel retcons the Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. The BvS movie suggested Diana had given up a century ago on humanity before joining the fight against Doomsday. However the novel suggests that she had been active even during the World War II but just didn’t like to operate publicly. Hence, we see her in the trailer fighting in the mall while simultaneously breaking the security cameras.
Watch: Wonder Woman 1984 Golden Eagle Armour Origins Explained
While throwing some more light on the movie’s actual villain Maxwell Lord and Pine’s resurrection and how Cheetah gains her power. The leaked junior novel also talks about the anticipated Golden Eagle armour. However, its origins are not exciting as the fan theories. Fan Theories range from Diana’s quest to Themyscira in search of the armour to her mother handing it down to her. However, seems like Patty Jenkin’s has something more subtle in mind for the origins of the golden armour. According to ScreenRant, the junior novel states,
The Golden Eagle armor was worn by an Amazonian hero who fell back before the Amazons retreated to Themyscira, and Diana has discovered it during her work as an archaeologist. She has treasured it as a reminder of home, and chooses to wear it as the battle against Max Lord escalates.
This means that Diana will either simply own the armour or find it at the museum before starting a fight with Cheetah and Maxwell Lord. But that doesn’t mean it’ll make the armour any less powerful. Fans can still expect Diana to embrace her Spartan roots completely while wearing the armour in an intense third act fight. It’ll be all the more useful if she is to really lose her powers in the movie.
While the novel leaves the third act out it already seem like Jenkin’s is sort of taking her cue from Chris Nolan’s method of leaving the superhero without the super power. Truly test the character for their moral compass, just like how Christian Bale’s Dark Knight finds in the climax of Batman Begins. Sounds very humane… Very Wonder Woman!
Wonder Woman 1984 is set to hit theatres on October 2, 2020.