The Wonder Woman 1984 trailer has finally hit us all in the face, with all the golden lassos and bullet-deflecting bracelet action one would want. One thing that many may not have been expecting is the return of soldier and Wonder Woman love-interest, Steve Trevor, played again here by Chris Pine. Seemingly killed at the end of the first movie, Trevor's return remains a mystery, but director Patty Jenkins is here to provide a little insight.
"I can't tell you [how he is alive], but here's what I will say: We didn't put Steve Trevor in this movie because we just wanted to put Steve Trevor in this movie. When we thought of the story for this film while we were making the first film, a Eureka moment came and it couldn't have been told without Chris Pine playing Steve Trevor.
So I promise you, it's not a gimmick. It's integral to the story. It's incredibly important that we had him, and we just super enjoyed it. It was great having Chris back, but it's also important to the story that I can't wait for you to see."
Even though she predictably does not tell us how he has made this miraculous comeback in Wonder Woman 1984, the director does assure us that his return is no mere stunt or trick, and that it is in fact crucially important to the story as a whole. So, how could Steve Trevor have returned from the dead, let us count the ways. In this world of super-men and cyborgs, he could have been enhanced in some way without knowing it. He could maybe be a clone, or perhaps this isn't Trevor at all but someone using his image to manipulate a grieving Wonder Woman.
Although the trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 does not reveal how exactly Steve Trevor returns, it strongly implies that his return is at the hands of the villain of the film, Maxwell Lord played by Pedro Pascal. Jenkins went on to describe Lord as "the king of infomercials" who is "selling a dream to the public" before adding that "sometimes when you get what you want, greatness comes with a price." This will no doubt play into the origin of the movie's second villain, Cheetah, and could well be what is behind Trevor's unexpected resurrection.
Wonder Woman 1984 fasts forward to the 1980s and finds our intrepid warrior-come-superhero facing the likes of Maxwell Lord, The Cheetah, and, well, the garish decade that was the 1980s, as we saw in the Wonder Woman 2 character posters also released yesterday. Based once again on the iconic DC character, the sequel brings back director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot, as well as Pine as Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright and Connie Niellsen.
Though we are pleased to see Pine's charismatic Steve Trevor back, we cannot help but remain suspicious of the reasons. Find out whether such suspicion was necessary when the film hits cinemas on June 5, 2020. Wonder Woman 1984 comes direct from Warner Bros. and DC Comics.