Chris Pine is officially back in Wonder Woman 1984, and he's apparently playing the "real" Steve Trevor. As many viewers may recall, Trevor nobly sacrificed his life at the end of the first Wonder Woman, seemingly ending his time in the DC Extended Universe after just a single film. However, after Screen Rant first reported the actor was returning for the hotly-anticipated sequel, director Patty Jenkins confirmed the news herself by sharing a picture of Steve Trevor looking lost in a 1980s-era shopping mall.
Since so much time has passed between Wonder Woman installments (the original was set during World War I), it raised questions about the nature of Pine's return. A popular theory stipulated that he would be playing one of Steve's descendants, who just happens to look exactly like him. However, it would appear that this is in fact the Steve Trevor that Diana encountered when she first left Themyscira.
Twitter user DanielRPK, who previously revealed possible details about Pablo Pascal's Wonder Woman 2 character, had another interesting nugget for fans today. When asked if someone in the film could possibly be disguised as Steve Trevor in an attempt to fool Diana, he responded, "Nope. That's the real Steve Trevor." That leads us to believe Pine is playing the same character he did in last year's blockbuster.
Should this prove to be the case, there's an inherent risk involved. Trevor's death in Wonder Woman was one of that film's more emotional moments, and reviving the character could potentially cheapen the impact of that scene. There's also an enormous amount of pressure on the creative team to come up with a suitable explanation for how Steve returns (and why he looks the same he did in World War I). Of course, this isn't exactly new territory for comic book films, but it'll still be interesting to see how director Patty Jenkins pulls it off. If audiences are able to buy in, then the move could benefit Wonder Woman 1984 as a whole. Pine's chemistry with Gal Gadot was an undeniable highlight of the first installment, and it will be great to see them share the screen once more as their characters face a new set of challenges.
Looking ahead to the proper marketing campaign for Wonder Woman 1984, it'll be fascinating to see how Warner Bros. handles Trevor's involvement. Clearly, the studio isn't being shy about him being in the movie, but perhaps they'll want to play up certain aspects of the mystery and leave several answers for the actual premiere. The film should be a key part of WB's Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year, so we should get a better idea of how things will play out then. Hopefully, the promotional department learned valuable lessons after they mishandled Superman in Justice League advertising.
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