While there are several female superheroes out there, Wonder Woman is no doubt one of the most iconic. Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, was created by writer William Moulton Marston and artist Harry G. Peter back in 1941.
She first appeared in All Star Comics #8 and her first feature appearance was in Sensation Comics #1. Wonder Woman has been included in numerous TV shows and movies over the years due to her inclusion in the superhero team Justice League.
The character has starred in hundreds of comics since her conception, but one of her only live-action TV shows took place in the ‘70s and starred Lynda Carter. The show ran for three seasons before ending in 1979.
Around 30 years later, Warner Bros. attempted to make another TV show starring Adrianne Palicki but NBC ended up passing on the show.
Currently, Gal Gadot is playing the character on the big screen for the DC Extended Universe. Not only did Wonder Woman appear in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but she also got her solo film simply titled Wonder Woman in 2017.
While DC movies hadn’t previously done very good with fans or critics, Wonder Woman blew fans away and temporarily put the DCEU on the right track. Wonder Woman would then appear in Justice League, which again did poorly, but is also slated to appear in Wonder Woman 1984 next year.
While the movie is still more than a year away, there have been several rumors which could potentially make the movie succeed, or make it fail.
Here are the 10 Wonder Woman 1984 Rumors We Hope Are True (And 10 We Hope Aren’t).
20 Hope Is True: Robin Wright Will Return
Robin Wright has been in a number of movies over the years. She has starred in everything from Forrest Gump to Unbreakable to Wonder Woman.
In Wonder Woman, Wright plays a character named Antiope who was responsible for training Diana and turning her into the warrior she is today.
Antiope sacrifices herself in order to save Diana from German sailors, but her character didn’t go out without a fight.
While Steve Trevor seems to be returning for the ‘80s setting, Antiope might return for a flashback sequence.
Sources claim that Wonder Woman 1984 will feature a flashback including Diana’s mom as well as Antiope since they were the two most important women in Wonder Woman’s life.
19 Hope Isn’t: Cheetah Won’t Be The Only Villain
It isn’t uncommon for superhero movies to try and tackle more than one villain in one movie. While movies are sometimes able to seamlessly pull this off, most of the time the movie just feels cramped because of the multiple storylines.
For Wonder Woman 1984, it has been confirmed that Kristen Wiig will play Cheetah, but there are rumors that she won’t be the main villain or even the only villain in the sequel.
Based on the movie's working title “Magic Hour,” some are claiming that this is referring to the Wonder Woman villain named Circe.
Other theories suggest that characters such as Veronica Cale or Maxwell Lord will be the villains but since Cheetah is considered Wonder Woman’s arch-enemy hopefully Jenkins and the writers don’t downplay Wiig’s character.
18 Hope Is True: Wonder Woman’s True Values Will Be Revealed
Now that Wonder Woman’s origin story has been fully explained, the sequels could delve into her true values more thoroughly.
Diana Prince has always been portrayed as a morally sound woman and her sequel could explain what makes Diana fit to be Wonder Woman.
When talking about her future as Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot explained, “So many journeys she can experience. She has so many beautiful values. Each chapter is about different values of Wonder Woman. I think that could be really awesome. It's like the Wonder Woman bible.”
Now is the perfect time to go into detail about the character’s true values especially since Wonder Woman is a role model for many young women.
17 Hope Isn’t: Chris Pine Is Playing The “Real” Steve Trevor
When it was announced that Chris Pine was returning for Wonder Woman 1984, fans were no doubt a tad concerned if not downright confused. After all, Steve Trevor appearing unaged in the ‘80s doesn’t make sense for a few reasons.
First of all, Trevor seemingly sacrificed himself at the end of the first movie, making his return for a sequel unlikely.
Second, if Pine is playing the “real” Trevor from the first film, his would mean that Trevor should have aged roughly 70 years.
Based on the photos that have been released of Trevor, this doesn’t appear to be the case.
There are many ways that the movie could explain the same Steve Trevor returning from the grave, but it's unlikely the reasoning will please fans especially since it will erase an emotional scene from the first movie.
16 Hope Is True: Geena Davis Will Play An Amazonian
Actors and actresses can often land small roles in superhero movies by petitioning online for a role or even just asking the filmmaker for a spot in the movie.
While the process is more than likely much more complicated than this, it is essentially what happens. After all, it’s all about who you know in Hollywood.
That being said, Geena Davis has announced that she would like to play an Amazonian in Wonder Woman 1984.
Davis is no stranger to Hollywood starring in films such as The Fly, Beetlejuice, and Thelma & Louise.
When talking with Variety, Davis said that she had offered to play an Amazonian for Jenkins in the sequel. However, no casting announcement has come just yet.
15 Hope Isn’t: It Will Connect To Justice League And Chernobyl
Not much is known about the Wonder Woman sequel, but the movie is set to take place in the ‘80s during the Cold War.
Before Justice League was released, many people believed the final battle would take place near the Chernobyl nuclear site.
While that turned out to not be true, some people believe that Wonder Woman 1984 could still turn out to reveal an alternate history as to how the Chernobyl disaster actually occurred.
In this way, the movie would not only connect to the Chernobyl disaster but also possibly connect back to Justice League.
With it being announced that the DC movies don’t all necessarily connect, it would probably be best to just have Wonder Woman 1984 be its own movie and not rely on Justice League - especially since it sort of flopped.
14 Hope Is True: Cheetah’s Origin Will Be True To The Comics
Anybody who is a fan of the Wonder Woman comic books is familiar with the villain Cheetah.
Wonder Woman 1984’s version of the character will focus on the newest form of the character whose alter ego is Barbara Ann Minerva.
In the comics, Minerva obtains the powers of Cheetah after performing a sacrificial ritual with the god Urzkartaga.
Based on the first image released of Kristen Wiig’s character, many people theorized that the movie would be adapting her origin story straight from the comics.
Filmmakers don’t always necessarily do this with comic book villains, but with a character as important as Cheetah, many are going to want to see her comic-accurate story depicted on the big screen.
13 Hope Isn’t: Doctor Poison Will Return
While Ares was considered the main villain in Wonder Woman, the movie also had a smaller villain named Doctor Poison.
This marked the cinematic debut of the character and was played by Elena Anaya. In the film, Doctor Isabel Maru is tasked with creating chemical weapons for the Germans.
Near the end of the movie, Wonder Woman decides to spare her life, which means that she could potentially pop up in the sequel.
When talking about the future of her character, Anaya explained that while she was contracted for more films, she didn’t know if she would be returning for a sequel or not.
Doctor Poison served her purpose in the first movie, but she doesn’t really need to make a comeback.
12 Hope Is True: The Sequel Will Feature A “Full-Blown” Wonder Woman
In order to effectively introduce a superhero, filmmakers will often give the character a long drawn out origin story for their first movie.
Sometimes this isn’t necessary for characters who have had their origin story adapted multiple times, like Spider-Man, but for Wonder Woman, it was important to explain her backstory before diving into her actual character.
While this needed to take up a good portion of the movie, director Patty Jenkins has said that the sequel will feature a “full-blown” Wonder Woman.
She explains by saying, “The most exciting thing about [the sequel] is literally seeing her loose in the world now, living those classic stories.”
We got to see a bit more of Wonder Woman in Justice League, but let’s hope that Jenkins stay true to her promise for the sequel.
11 Hope Isn’t: Wonder Woman 2 Will Be Another Love Story
There were many complex elements that tied into the overall story of Wonder Woman. One of the main components of the story was the love element between Diana Prince and Steve Trevor.
Love interests don’t always make a superhero flick better, but in the case of Wonder Woman, the passing of Trevor was an emotional scene that forged Diana into who she would become.
That being said, having another love story for the second movie seems unnecessary, but viewers might be getting just that.
When talking with Variety about the sequel, Jenkins explained that, “it’s got great fun from the start and great big superhero presence from the start, and is funny and a great love story again and a couple new ... characters.”
10 Hope Is True: Riz Ahmed Will Be Cast
Back in March, it was revealed that Riz Ahmed might be getting a role in Wonder Woman 1984.
The rumor came when talking with The Tracking Board EiC Jeff Sneider, where he revealed that he heard that Ahmed was being considered for one of two roles in Wonder Woman 2.
He also went on to say that this was before he heard about him being cast in a big role in Sony’s Venom.
While it wouldn’t be impossible for Ahmed to have a big role in Venom and Wonder Woman 1984, it doesn’t seem likely since there hasn’t been any word of him being cast since March.
That being said, he could be a great addition to the cast.
9 Hope Isn’t: Diana Will Fly The Invisible Jet
While many details of comic books are lifted from the pages to be shown again on movies, some things are just too silly to be shown in 2018.
Some things that were considered to be cool back in the early days of comics don’t exactly mesh well with today’s culture. Many iconic details of Wonder Woman have already been adapted; however, fans haven’t yet seen her invisible jet.
In June, a set video of Gal Gadot in a seated position attached to cables made some people believe that the iconic vehicle might be making its DCEU debut.
While the set video likely does not hint at the inclusion of the invisible jet, it could potentially appear elsewhere in the movie - let’s just hope it doesn’t.
8 Hope Is True: It Could Make Patty Jenkins The Highest Paid Female Director In Hollywood
As unfair as it is, men are often given more employment opportunities in Hollywood over woman especially when it comes to directing.
That being said, directors like Ava Marie DuVernay, Kathryn Bigelow, and Patty Jenkins have been making strides in Hollywood with incredible movies.
Jenkins received a lot of praise for her work on Wonder Woman so it wasn’t much of a surprise when it was announced that she was returning for the sequel.
Even though the director is staying the same for the second movie, Jenkins' salary is not.
7 Hope Isn’t: Cheetah Will Connect To The Legion Of Doom
When Batman v Superman was released, one of the biggest complaints people had - besides the infamous Martha line - was the fact that the filmmakers were trying incredibly hard to prepare people for Justice League and to start tying the movies together like the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While Justice League itself disappointed many, the post-credits scene for the movie made many people excited for a Legion of Doom storyline, since Lex Luthor had broken out of jail and was seen talking to Deathstroke.
With either a Legion of Doom or Injustice League team clearly on the way, some are theorizing that Cheetah will play a role in the villainous team.
Although, it is probably just better to focus on Wonder Woman 1984 and not try to connect Cheetah to a wider cinematic universe.
6 Hope Is True: Lynda Carter Will Cameo
It is very rare that you find a superhero movie without any actor cameos. Almost all superhero movies have some sort of celebrity cameo, whether it be Stan Lee in the Marvel movies or a celebrity who formerly played a superhero decades ago.
In the case of Wonder Woman, only one other woman is more famous than Gal Gadot and that woman is Lynda Carter. Carter played Diana Prince in the ‘70s Wonder Woman TV show.
Not for lack of trying, Carter was unable to cameo in the first Wonder Woman, but if rumors are true, then she might make an appearance in Wonder Woman 1984.
Carter has confirmed talks of her appearing in the sequel and was even spotted where Wonder Woman 1984 was filming. While it seems likely at this point, her cameo role is still nothing more than a rumor.
5 Hope Isn’t: Pedro Pascal Is Playing Male Cheetah
Pedro Pascal was cast in Wonder Woman 1984 in March of this year; however, fans still don’t know what role the actor will be playing.
Often times roles such as this will be kept under wraps if the character is important to the story, which has led some to believe that Pascal could be playing the male version of Cheetah.
This also wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility, since the character does exist in the comics.
That being said, if Kristen Wiig is playing Cheetah, the movie really doesn’t need the male version of the character as well.
A first look image of Pascal’s character was even released at the end of July, but even that didn’t help decipher who he is playing.
4 Hope Is True: It Will Connect To George Orwell’s “1984”
There are not a lot of details known about the Wonder Woman sequel, which has been subtitled "1984." The movie is said to take place during the ‘80s during the Cold War, but as far as the plot goes, that’s all fans really know.
It is even a mystery why the movie is subtitled "1984," but it is rumored that the film has something to do with George Orwell’s 1984.
Published in 1949, the novel is set in a dystopian future where citizens are controlled by an omnipresent government surveillance called Big Brother who watches their every move.
Some people believe that this is why the year 1984 was chosen for the movie's title and why the teaser logo appears to be on an old school monitor screen.
3 Hope Isn’t: It Will Include Another God In Disguise
One of the biggest twists in Wonder Woman was the reveal of David Thewlis’ character. For most of the movie, his character was known as Sir Patrick but it was later revealed that he was actually a god in disguise: Ares.
The movie benefited from this twist since Danny Huston’s character Ludendorff was thought to be Ares for the majority of the movie. While this idea was a good plan for Wonder Woman, doing the same thing again in Wonder Woman 1984 wouldn’t be a strong move.
Since Pedro Pascal’s character still hasn’t been revealed, some believe that he will be playing a god in disguise. This doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be playing a villainous god, but regardless, this type of twist doesn’t need to happen again.
2 Hope Is True: The Sequel Will Be Very Different
It goes without saying, but a sequel for a movie shouldn’t be the exact same film as the first with different characters and a slightly different story.
Sometimes filmmakers take the easy way out and try to just bank off of the first film’s success for the sequel.
That being said, most movie-goers want to see something unique, especially since there is an abundance of superhero movies coming out each year.
Director Patty Jenkins has conveyed that Wonder Woman 1984 will be very different from the first movie. As she explained, “We’re actually making a totally different film with a lot of the same, similar like things that we love, but it’s its own movie completely.”
1 Hope Isn’t: Chris Pine Is Playing Steve Trevor’s Grandson
Fans still don’t know how Chris Pine is returning for Wonder Woman 1984 since his character sacrificed himself at the end of the first movie.
While DC comics could give several ways to bring a character back to life, some believe that Pine isn’t playing the same Steve Trevor, but a grandson of the original character.
It sounds like a silly idea at first, especially since Trevor didn’t have kids, but Pine has even admitted that he thinks Steve Trevor had a family.
While this could be one way to justify why the character doesn’t appear to have aged, it isn’t necessarily a creative way to include Chris Pine in the sequel.
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