Warner Bros. unveils the very first footage from Wonder Woman 1984 during the studio's panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 - so we break down the scene shown in detail. The DC movie universe - unofficially called the DC Extended Universe - had a bumpy start with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in 2016. Both films received middling-to-poor reviews and were divisive among DC fans and casual moviegoers alike. However, Warner Bros. bounced back in 2017 with Wonder Woman, the first solo outing for Gal Gadot's Diana Prince, as directed by Patty Jenkins. The film was the DCEU's first unequivocal hit and became the franchise's highest-grossing entry at the domestic box office.
As such, it came as little surprise when Warner Bros. officially announced a sequel to Wonder Woman at Comic-Con last year. Over the last year, Wonder Woman 1984 has come together, with both Gadot and Chris Pine returning, and Kristen Wiig cast in the role of Cheetah, a DC Comics villain known for her bouts with Diana. Wonder Woman 1984 started filming earlier this summer and now Warner Bros. brings the movie to Comic-Con 2018 along with fellow upcoming DC movies Aquaman and Shazam!
During the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con, the studio took the chance to preview a number of its upcoming DC movies. In addition to releasing the first trailer for Aquaman, the studio screened the very first Wonder Woman 1984 footage. The sequel to Wonder Woman is only three weeks into filming - with 20 weeks still to go - but Jenkins, Gadot and Pine wanted to bring something to the fans in Hall H, though the effects were unfinished (and, as such, the clip won't be made available online).
The sequence screened at Comic-Con was an action scene set in a mall food court where Wonder Woman takes on a couple of bad guys with guns. Diana saves a little girl by slinging her around and into a large teddy bear, then wields her lasso confidently to take down the villains. Diana is also shown running very fast, but those in Hall H describe the effects on this part of the scene as being unfinished. Overall, the short scene is described as fun and fully embracing the '80s vibe of the film.
Based on this description, it looks like Jenkins showcased a scene from the very first week of filming. Fans already had an idea that the movie would feature an action sequence in a mall, since official and unofficial set photos revealed that setting. The first look photo of Pine back as Steve Trevor depicts the character in a mall and it seems likely that still and the Comic-Con scene come from the same sequence. Unfortunately, the Comic-Con footage didn't reveal any new looks at Steve Trevor, and the panelists refused to reveal why or how he's back for the sequel. However, they did tease that how he returns is a key part of the story's plot.
Further, the footage didn't offer any insight into Wiig's performance as Dr. Barbara Minerva aka. Cheetah. Fans got a first look at Dr. Minerva in Wonder Woman 1984 through an official photo released from the film, but it's from before she becomes Cheetah. Plus, it's still unclear who Pedro Pascal will play in the Wonder Woman sequel, since his character details have been kept under wraps. So, there's still plenty we don't know about what to expect from Wonder Woman 1984, but the reactions to footage at Comic-Con indicate the sequel is on the right track. Once Comic-Con 2019 rolls around, we'll know much more about what to expect and Warner Bros. will undoubtedly have more to show from Wonder Woman 1984.
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- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020