This year DC and Marvel Studios are sitting out of Sand Diego Comi-Con, Hall H. Rather the new Avengers along with Wonder Woman, Justice League: Zack Snyder Cut and Matt Reeve’s Batman will be in our living room soon enough. While the Corona invasion forced most Comic Conventions to surrender, SDCC is hanging in there, retreating only to the virtual world.
However, Marvel and DC have taken their separate routes, skipping the event to do their own virtual conventions. While Marvel is expected to show up either at Disney’s D-23 or in a rumored separate event, DC has its own event, DC FanDome set for August 22.
Wonder Woman 2 Story Prequel
Gal Gadot starrer Wonder Woman 1984 has been pushed several times due to the global health emergency. Helmed by director Patty Jenkins, the fantasy drama is now expected to arrive on October 2, 2020. However film-related merchandise and tie-in material have been released in order to create hype for DC FanDome. DC’s Marketing team has released a Wonder Woman 2 prequel novelization to tie in with the movie.
Watch: Wonder Woman 2 Official Trailer
Fans were baffled when Wonder Woman trailer dropped back in December. The resurrection of Steve Trevor from death confused and excited the fans alike. While the trailer gave many hints about Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah and established the 80s setting, no theories could satiate Steve Trevor’s return. Is he for real? Is he a figment of her imagination? How’ he back? The questions have been haunting fans for 8 months.
And seems like we have finally found our answer in the prequel novel!
Diana Prince’s New Adventure
Director Patty Jenkins is quite determined to not make a sequel to the movie. As producer Charles Roven told Vulture, “It’s a completely different time frame and you’ll get a sense of what Diana-slash–Wonder Woman had been doing in the intervening years. But it’s a completely different story that we’re telling.”
WW84’s story is chronological and follows the same set of characters but it’s neither a sequel nor prequel. As Jenkins’ puts it:
“I don’t even want to go to that place in my head of how you keep it going and cash in. I want to make great movies in my lifetime… we can make a whole new movie about something completely new, and as unique in its own right as the first one.”
This further makes Pine’s presence in 1984 all the more suspicious, similar to Captain Marvel’s introductory movie which was told in the MCU chronology but was set in the ’90s. The idea gave room to maintain the continuity of the rest of the universe. Looking at the chronology of the WW84 movie from Snyder’s Justice League’s point of view, the league hasn’t formed yet. Since Henry Cavill’s Superman was around 27 years old in Man of Steel hence his pod hasn’t hit the Earth yet. Whereas Ben Affleck’s Batman is around 42-year-old during BvS so, Bruce Wayne might have lost his parent somewhere around the year 1984.
Interestingly, Matt Reeves’ The Batman which is a younger spin-off for Affleck’s — though a different universe — puts Robert Pattinson’s caped crusader in the years following 1984.
Wonder Woman Taking The Avengers Way
Anyway, coming back to Wonder Woman, the trailer establishes the ’80s punk with grace through snippets of mall culture, hints of recession, and Vietnam war. The neon credits at the start and Diana’s mall fight starkly remind the audience of Netflix’s Stanger Things, which is set in the same era.
We see Diana utterly alone working for the museum where she meets Cheetah. We see actor Kristen Wiig changing alter ego’s of Barbara Minerva to Cheetah. Wiig gives off major Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman vibe from Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. The blonde loose waves, big round glasses coupled with the awkward comedic body language, and the surfacing of a sexy inner kitten with the alter ego. Wiig makes Cheetah looks nerdy hot under antagonist Maxwell Lord’s influence, played by actor Pedro Pascal.
Watch: Wonder Woman 1984 Roundtable – Entertainment Weekly
And then we see Steve Trevor (Pine) in his fanny pack, taking a stroll around with Diana. And confusion engulfs us.
The recently launched novel points at the Dreamstone, which we see as the black stone throughout the trailer. The stone fulfills the wish of its user. So, there is a possibility that the stone fulfilled Diana’s wish and brought Trevor back.
The Dreamstone in Wonder Woman prequel is used much like the Soul Stone from the Avengers: Endgame for the plot of the movie. To possess the Soul Stone, you need to sacrifice the one you love. The phenomenon resulted in the demise of Gamora and Black Widow respectively in the Infinity Saga.
Similarly, in DC’s Universe Dreamstone is based on the law of equal exchange, when you use its power, something of equal value is taken away from you. Seems like, Diana brought Steve back to life but at the stake of her powers.
This further explains Diana’s need for her Golden Eagle Armour. A powerless Wonder Woman would need her armor on to face both Cheetah and Maxwell Lord in the climax of the movie. However, it’ll be very interesting to watch this play out in live-action. For the uninitiated, comic books in the past copied concepts from each other with some tweaks. It’s no joke:
- Namor – Aquaman
- Deathstroke – Deadpool
- Death Patrol – X-Men
- Green Arrow – Hawkeye
…and many more are similar concepts. It won’t be surprising if Jenkins takes the Avengers route with Wonder Woman. However, it’ll be interesting to see how she handles Diana’s character arc after losing Trevor twice. Jenkins has a third Wonder Woman movie laid out with a couple of spin-offs for the HBO Max streaming platform. All our hopes for further clues are pinned on DC FanDome.