Wonder Woman 1984: 12 Details You May Have Missed In The New DC Trailer
Wonder Woman is back in action and facing off against a transformed Cheetah in this new DCEU trailer.
DC's virtual event, DC FanDome, has wrapped on it's first day, but the hype is still very much alive. The event kicked off with a panel all about the highly anticipated Wonder Woman 1984. It brought together the stars of the movie, along with director Patty Jenkins and surprise guest, original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, to answer fan questions about the movie--but the real highlight of the morning was the new Wonder Woman 1984 trailer.
While it lacked the absolutely choice remix of New Order's Blue Monday that the first trailer had, it provided all sorts of new information and clues to what we can expect whenever the movie is finally released. Don't get your hopes up as it won't be coming direct-to-digital any time soon, according to director Patty Jenkins. We got an up-close and personal look not only at the new design for Kristen Wiig's Cheetah, but also some hints about Pedro Pascal's Max Lord, the resurrection of Chris Pine's Steve Trevor, and what exactly Diana is doing with her time in the 1980s.
So, with that in mind, let's go scene-by-scene and break down the latest Wonder Woman 1984 trailer. Here are 12 things to pay close attention to as you watch.
1. The Amazon Games
We learned on our set visit that Diana competing in some Amazonian games is part of the opening of the movie, so it's appropriate that it's also the opening of the trailer.
2. Lightning lasso
This appears to be an extended clip of the most insanely cool moment from the first trailer--Diana using her lasso to swing between bolts of lightning. This probably isn't terribly significant to the plot, unless Zeus himself is going to show up to help Diana out (and honestly, he might, it's not impossible)--but either way, it looks amazing.
3. Max Lord broadcasting
Pedro Pascal's Maxwell Lord apparently has friends in high places--we see him broadcasting from the White House press room to every screen on Earth, promising that he's here to "change their lives." We can assume this is the root of most of the movie's conflict--everything from Steve Trevor's miraculous resurrection to Barbara Ann's transformation into Cheetah (which we'll talk about it a second) but we're still left wondering exactly how he's doing it.
In the comics, Lord has had on-again-off-again brushes with mental powers like mind control and telepathy, but he's never had anything quite this scale, or this targeted. He's been a liar and a cheat, but he's largely the sort of villain to carefully pull strings from the background rather than beam his face out making snake oil promises to the global population. This makes us wonder exactly who, or what, he's working with, or if he's even really Maxwell Lord at all.
4. Steve Trevor back in action
Steve's return hasn't been a secret--it was featured heavily in the first trailer and even in promotional images before that. Still, we get even more confirmation here that he's not a hallucination or a ghost. He's a real person, returned from the dead, with all his memories of his time in WWI still intact.
Kristen Wiig's Barbara Ann Minerva has been a little ellusive as far as promotional material is concerned--she was featured briefly in the first trailer, and we've seen some images, but that's about it. Here, however, she takes center stage with her own establishing monologue. She doesn't want to "be like anyone;" she wants to be "an apex predator."
That, in conjunction with Lord's speech about giving people exactly what they want, may lead fans down their own rabbit hole of very plausible theories. Unlike her comic book counterpart who is empowered by a mythical plant god (don't ask), it would seem Barbara Ann is going to make a bad deal with Lord for all sorts of superpowers--she's fast, strong, and able to stop Diana's lasso, just to name a few. It also may have some unintended consequences that we see at the end of the trailer.
6. Diana and Barbara Ann
Also during our set visit, we learned that Diana and Barbara Ann are both friends and coworkers at the Smithsonian museum. We get some shots here to establish that, all while Barbara Ann narrates her jealousy about Diana's lot in life. "You've always had everything, while people like me have had nothing."
7. Fight in the White House
The movie's Washington DC setting provides some extremely recognizable locations for Diana and Barbara Ann to duke it out. We get to see the two of them going head-to-head in what appears to be the White House. If we had to guess, Diana is coming to take on Lord (remember, he was broadcasting from here at the start of the trailer) and Barbara Ann is here to stop her, after having made some kind of deal with Lord.
8. Middle Eastern Conflict
We learned in our set visit that a portion of the movie will take place in Cairo, Egypt, and it would seem that's where these clips are taking place. What could have brought Diana into the middle of a tank battle, however, remains mysterious. Notably, in the comics, there is actually an isolated group of Amazons who broke off from Themyscira living in Egypt in a secret city called Bana-Mighdall. There's no real hint that we'll be seeing any of them in this movie--but it's certainly a good thing to keep in mind.
9. Barbara Ann and Lord
Even more confirmation of Barbara Ann and Lord's partnership here--the two of them sharing a heart-to-heart on what we can assume is Lord's private jet, as well as some exposition from Lord himself. "I've never been one for rules," he says. "The answer is always 'more.'"
And was it just us or did it look like Barbara Ann was throwing Lord into the side of a delivery truck there for a second? Maybe their deal goes south.
10. Steve in the Cockpit
We can't forget that Steve is an ace pilot--though his skills are, understandably, a little antiquated. The real question here is: What exactly drives them to hop into a (apparently hijacked) fighter jet fighter jet and who, exactly, are they running from? It would seem that whatever Diana is doing to stop or interrupt Lord's plans has put her in the crosshairs of the military--though it's difficult to say what that will ultimately mean in the end. Remember that Diana still has to somehow completely fade into obscurity and myth by roughly 2016 in time for Batman to force her back into the light.
Unless, of course, we're just going to forgo that part of continuity and start fresh which, honestly, may be for the better.
11. Cheetah Transformed
Arguably the biggest moment of the trailer comes at the end, when Barbara Ann's full Cheetah look is finally revealed. She's gone full monster here, tail and everything, to clash with Diana in her full golden armor regalia.
Importantly, we can't tell if this transformation was part of whatever bargain she made with Lord or something else entirely--even Diana asks "Barbara, what did you do?"
In the comics, Barbara Ann's transformation forces her to crave human flesh--which, probably won't happen here, but would certainly be pretty cool.
12. Fashion Show
Okay, sure, there's probably not a lot of meat here with regard to the actual plot of the movie but who doesn't love to watch Chris Pine crack jokes and look silly in very '80s clothing?
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