Ever since her scene-stealing debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Gadot has single-handedly carried Warner Bros troubled DC movie universe on her shoulders. The Israeli actress has captivated audiences around the world with her outstanding portrayal of Wonder Woman.
Last year’s excellent solo outing for the amazonian princess was applauded by fans and critics alike. The Patty Jenkins-directed origin story went on to gross over $800 million worldwide, leading to a drastic re-positioning of the characters role in the series. Gadot’s part in last years ill-fated Justice League was then quickly beefed up in substantial reshoots. Ultimately though, it wasn’t enough to save the disastrous team-up flick in the end.
Warner Bros went on to fast-track her standalone sequel, which is once again directed by Jenkins. Now, the studio has officially announced that cameras have begun rolling on the film. Check out the press release below, along with two stills and the surprising return of Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor:
CAMERAS ROLL ON WARNER BROS. PICTURES’
“WONDER WOMAN 1984”
Director Patty Jenkins Reteams with Star Gal Gadot for the
DC Super Hero’s Return to the Big Screen
BURBANK, CA, June 13, 2018 – Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah. Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the Super Hero’s first outing, last summer’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman,” which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office. “Wonder Woman 1984” will also be helmed by acclaimed director Patty Jenkins, and star Gal Gadot in the title role.
As previously announced, the film also stars Kristen Wiig in the role of the Super-Villain The Cheetah, as well as Pedro Pascal. And Chris Pine returns as Steve Trevor.
Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Stephen Jones and Gal Gadot are producing the film. Rebecca Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada are the executive producers.
Joining her behind the scenes are several members of Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” team, including director of photography Matthew Jensen, Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). Oscar-nominated editor Richard Pearson (“United 93”) will cut the film.
Production will take place in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Virginia, and in the UK, Spain and the Canary Islands.
Set to open in theaters November 1, 2019, “Wonder Woman 1984” is based on the character created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Steve Trevor’s return is confusing to say the least. Not only did the character perish in the final act of the original, but this film is also set almost 70 years later. Although, it isn’t completely shocking to see why Warner Bros have brought the former Star Trek actor back for another round. Pine and Gadot’s fantastic chemistry was one of the most highly-praised aspects of Wonder Woman, with a number of scenes being almost completely improvised between the two.
The character could have easily returned through time travel, magic, or even a suspiciously similar looking grandson. The real concern is whether Jenkins and co. have managed to bring him back, without compromising his heartbreaking and meaningful death in 1917. There will no doubt be plenty of speculation between now and the films release.
Wonder Woman 1984 will hit theatres on November 1st 2019.