Wonder Woman 1984
Wonder Woman 1984 (stylized as WW84) is a 2020 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Wonder Woman. It is the sequel to 2017's Wonder Woman and the ninth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she wrote with Geoff Johns and David Callaham, based on a story by Johns and Jenkins. Gal Gadot stars as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, alongside Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen. Set in 1984 during the Cold War, the film follows Diana and her past love Steve Trevor as they face off against Maxwell Lord and Cheetah.
Discussion of a sequel began shortly after the release of the first film in June 2017 and the decision to proceed was confirmed the following month. Principal photography began on June 13, 2018, with filming taking place at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in England, as well as the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia in the United States, London and Duxford in England, Tenerife and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, and Almería in Andalusia, Spain. Production wrapped on December 22, 2018, after a six-month shoot, with additional filming in July 2019.
Wonder Woman 1984 premiered on December 15, 2020, via the DC FanDome virtual platform. It is scheduled to be released in theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States on December 25, 2020, and will also stream digitally on HBO Max in the U.S. for a month beginning on that same date. In international markets that do not have HBO Max, the film was theatrically released beginning on December 16, 2020. The film received generally positive reviews from critics.
As a young girl, Diana Prince competes in a multi stage athletic competition on Themyscira against older Amazons. After being disqualified for trying to take a shortcut during the competition, Diana's mother, Queen Hippolyta, and her aunt Antiope lecture her on the importance of truth.
In 1984, decades after the events of World War I, Diana works as a senior anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., specializing in the culture of ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Diana continues to fight crime as Wonder Woman, albeit while trying to maintain some anonymity. Diana meets a new co-worker, Barbara Ann Minerva, an insecure woman who idolizes Diana and tries to befriend her.
Aspiring businessman Maxwell Lord visits the Smithsonian in search of a mysterious Dreamstone which seemingly grants wishes upon contact with any user. Both Diana and Barbara unknowingly use the stone to fulfill their own desires: Diana wishes for her deceased lover, Steve Trevor, causing his soul to manifest and take over another man's body in the real world; Barbara wishes to become strong and beautiful like Diana. During a gala night at the Smithsonian, Maxwell manipulates Barbara in order to acquire the stone. He then wishes to become the embodiment of the stone and gains its power to grant wishes, while also able to take whatever he desires from others.
Over the next few days, Maxwell rises to become a powerful influential figure, while leaving chaos and destruction in his wake. Barbara, Diana and Steve try to investigate the Dreamstone's power further, and discover it was created by the God of Treachery and Mischief; the stone grants a user their wish but takes their most cherished possession in return, and the only way to reverse the condition is by renouncing their wish, or destroying the stone itself. Steve realizes that his existence comes at the cost of Diana's power. Both Diana and Barbara are unwilling to renounce their wishes, and try to figure out another solution.
Maxwell, upon learning from the U.S. President of a satellite broadcast system that can transmit signals globally, decides to use it to communicate to the entire world, offering to grant their wishes. Barbara joins forces with Maxwell in order to prevent Diana from harming him. Steve convinces Diana to let him go and renounce her wish, regaining her strength. She returns home and dons the armor of the legendary Amazon warrior Asteria, then heads to the broadcast station and battles Barbara, who has made another wish with Maxwell to become an apex predator, transforming her into a cheetah-woman. After defeating Barbara, Diana confronts Maxwell and uses her Lasso of Truth to communicate with the world via him, convincing everyone to renounce their wishes. She also shows Maxwell a vision of his son, Alistair, wandering the street as chaos ensues from his fulfillment of everyone's desires. Maxwell then renounces his wish and returns home to reunite with his son.
Some time later, Diana meets the man whose body Steve was inhabiting, while she continues to protect the world. In a mid-credit scene, Asteria is revealed to be alive and living among humanity in secret, much like Diana.
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman:
An immortal demigoddess, Amazon princess and warrior. Diana is the daughter of Hippolyta, the Amazonian queen of Themyscira, and Zeus, the king of the Olympian Gods. Speaking to Total Film, Gadot spoke about the character's evolution from the first film, saying; "In the first movie, [Diana] really is a fish out of water, coming from Themyscira into man's world and learning about the complexities of human life, really. In Wonder Woman 1984, she's been around. She's wiser and she's more mature. She's guarded and lost all of her friends throughout the years. But she's still doing the right thing, yet she is different from when we last saw her." Gadot added; "In the first movie, we really explored the journey of the coming-of-age, of how Diana Prince became Wonder Woman, and owned her full strengths and powers."
Lilly Aspell as young Diana: Aspell also played young Diana in the 2017 movie.
Chris Pine as Steve Trevor: An American pilot and spy from World War I and the love interest of Diana, who had died during the events of the first film.
Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva / Cheetah:
An archaeologist who befriends Diana before becoming imbued with mystical abilities that gradually transform her into a cheetah-like superhuman. She allies herself with Lord to fight Diana. Wiig stated; "It really doesn't feel like a sequel in that... everything's different. The posters, the music, everything" before adding; "Obviously the posters are different! I meant, like the style! A lot of time, with the sequel, you want to show the connection to the first one." Gadot concurred, saying: "It's totally of its own... It's true. And I feel, in the first movie, a big thing that we played off was the naiveté of Diana."
Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord:
A charismatic businessman and founder of Black Gold Cooperative who is famous for TV infomercials. Director Patty Jenkins has stated Pascal's performance as Lord was inspired by Gordon Gekko from Oliver Stone's Wall Street and by Gene Hackman's portrayal of Lex Luthor in Richard Donner's 1978 Superman film, with Jenkins describing Lord as "a villain with potential to be dangerous and scary".
Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta: The queen of Themyscira and Diana's mother.
Robin Wright as Antiope: Hippolyta's sister, general of the Amazon army and Diana's aunt.
Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the 1975-1979 TV series, makes a special cameo appearance as Asteria, a legendary Amazon warrior who possessed a powerful suit of armor that Diana dons in the movie. Additionally, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Kristoffer Polaha and Amr Waked have been cast in other roles
The director of the first film, Patty Jenkins, who initially signed for only one film, had expressed interest in returning to direct the sequel. In June 2017, during an interview with Variety, comic book writer Geoff Johns revealed that he and Jenkins had started writing the treatment for a Wonder Woman sequel and that he had a "cool idea for the second one". While speaking in a Q&A at a Women in Film screening of the film, Jenkins stated she would indeed direct the sequel. Jenkins later clarified that "it wasn't a confirmation. Just talking about ideas and hopes."
On July 22, 2017, at San Diego Comic-Con, the studio officially announced a sequel would be produced, with Jenkins returning as director; its title was listed as Wonder Woman 2. In September 2017, it was officially confirmed that Jenkins would be directing the sequel. On September 13, 2017, it was reported that The Expendables writer David Callaham would join the film to co-write the script with Jenkins and Johns, who had already been working on it for several months.
On February 28, 2018, it was reported that the film would be shot with IMAX film cameras in select action sequences. By late May 2018, long-time DCEU producer Zack Snyder confirmed on social media platform Vero that he, along with his wife Deborah Snyder, would serve as producers on the Wonder Woman sequel. On June 13, 2018, the title of the film was announced to be Wonder Woman 1984. A source close to Jenkins described it as a stand-alone film "in the same way that Indiana Jones or [James] Bond films are, instead of one continuous story that requires many installments."
Pre-production officially began by early December 2017 in the United Kingdom. That same month, director Patty Jenkins stated that the film would be another great love story. In April 2018, the film was confirmed to be set in the 1980s. The next month, production designer Aline Bonetto (Amélie, Wonder Woman) was announced to be returning for the sequel, as well as Academy Award winner Lindy Hemming, also returning as costume designer.
In September 2017, Gal Gadot was confirmed to return as the title character. On February 28, 2018, it was reported that Kristen Wiig was in talks with the studio to play Cheetah, the main villain of the film, with director Patty Jenkins confirming her casting the next month. By March 28, Pedro Pascal, who played Ed Indelicato in the pilot of the canceled 2011 Wonder Woman television adaptation, was cast in an undisclosed key role, later revealed to be Maxwell Lord. On June 13, Jenkins confirmed the return of Chris Pine as Steve Trevor via Twitter. On July 24, 2018, Natasha Rothwell was announced to be cast in an undisclosed role. A few days later, on July 27, Ravi Patel and Gabriella Wilde also joined the film, with their roles being kept under wraps as well. By late August, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright were confirmed to reprise their roles as Hippolyta and Antiope in a flashback sequence. In November 2018, Kristoffer Polaha revealed that he has a role in the film.
Principal photography began on June 13, 2018, under the working title Magic Hour. Filming took place at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in England, and at a number of locations around the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia in the United States, including the Landmark Mall in Alexandria, Virginia, and Georgetown during June and July 2018, with scenes shot in Alexandria from June 18 through July 14. Filming occurred outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., during mid-June. Other filming locations around D.C. included the Penn Quarter neighborhood, McPherson Square, the DAR Constitution Hall near the White House, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Smithsonian), and the Lincoln Memorial. By mid-July, production in the United States
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