Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot were on hand at one of the biggest pop culture gatherings in the world, CCXP in São Paulo, Brazil to unveil the trailer for ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, the highly anticipated sequel to 2017’s breakout hit ‘Wonder Woman’.
In a stark change from the style of the first picture, the trailer for ‘WW 1984’ is set to the synth-pop classic ‘Blue Monday’ by New Order, as the films setting shifts from 1918 to 1984, a time of rampant consumerism (part of the action takes place in a mall), and the Cold War between the US and the USSR (now known as Russia). But not everything is set in the “modern” world as there are more shots of Diana back on Themyscira. How will those sequences impact the larger narrative of the film? We’ll have to wait and see.
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Though it isn’t explained, the new clip depicts Diana’s reunion with Steve Trevor. It also sets up the two villains. Pedro Pascal plays a Trump-ian ’80s business tycoon, Maxwell Lord, who is clearly more than he seems, and Kristen Wiig is Barbara Minerva, someone who becomes a close friend and confidant of Diana’s. Of course, as we know, she will wind up becoming her adversary in the form of The Cheetah, but we don’t get to see her transformation or any shots of her as that cat-like beast.
Just after the CCXP panel (which was live-streamed on Twitter), Warner Brothers has released the trailer for all to enjoy, so… ENJOY!:
Though Wiig isn’t shown in the trailer in Cheetah form, during the panel Jenkins stated that much of the makeup effects were done using old fashioned practical makeup and prosthetics, inspired by the movie’s 1984 setting, but teased that eventually, the character goes so far that CGI had to be brought in to notch things up. The same is true of the stunts, which were mostly filmed live, using wirework and other techniques, before turning to CGI.
One element that is clearly CGI is Wonder Woman’s golden, winged armor. As was teased just recently, she appears in the film wearing a suit of armor that resembles that shown in the miniseries ‘Kingdom Come’, and it is glimpsed in the trailer. It looks a little iffy but should come across better in the finished film.
Well, what do you think of the first trailer?
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ opens on June 5, 2020.