A behind-the-scenes photo from Wonder Woman 1984 teases a new Amazonian costume. The eagerly anticipated Wonder Woman sequel is currently something of a mystery. There have been hints that a first trailer will drop in December, presumably running alongside Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but until then viewers have only really been treated to official promotional images.
The most interesting question is just how Wonder Woman 1984 will tap into the franchise's broader mythology. The first Wonder Woman film explored the history of Themyscira and the Amazons, revealing that the warrior women were created by Zeus as an answer to humanity's evil. The Amazons failed in their mission, and fled to their island sanctuary until Diana emerged into the world during the First World War. Given Wonder Woman has left her people, though, viewers have been curious as to how the Amazons could possibly fit into the sequel.
Instagram user vznekin018 (via CBR) uploaded three behind-the-scenes images from Wonder Woman 1984. Two featured characters billed as Egyptian soldiers, while the third showed an actress in Amazonian garb reminiscent of the Themysciran Senators in Wonder Woman. The design is subtly different in terms of colorscheme, perhaps hinting that this is linked to an offshoot Amazonian faction.
The caption is referring to longstanding rumors that Wonder Woman 2 will introduce the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall. In the comics, this was a splinter group of Amazons who left Themyscira some three thousand years ago; they renounced the Gods of Olympus in order to seek revenge upon the men who had so harmed their race. They eventually settled in the deserts of Egypt, becoming an increasingly violent and bitter tribe of mercenaries and warriors.
The first Wonder Woman film was a little more philosophical than your typical superhero blockbuster; it explored the theme of how people should respond to violence. The Amazons of Themyscira had fled in fear, allowing the darkness of mankind to flourish and grow. In contrast, Diana refused to simply ignore the world's suffering. "If I stay, who would I be," she challenged her mother before sailing away from the enchanted island. It would certainly be fascinating to see how Diana reacted to an Amazonian tribe who had responded in yet another way, by giving in to violence and losing themselves in the bloodlust of war. No doubt the first encounter won't be a pleasant one; in the comics, the Amazons of Themyscira and Bana-Mighdall eventually found themselves at war, and it took quite some time to settle into an uneasy peace.
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