After being delayed twice, Wonder Woman 1984 looks set to hit its October 2020 release date after a new trailer was revealed at the virtual convention DC FanDome. We got our first look at the trailer during a panel with the crew from the film including stars Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Kristen Wiig (Cheetah) and director Patty Jenkins.
Over the years, the DC Universe's impact on popular culture has been immense. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who has never heard of Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman. Batman, created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, has appeared in 13 films, and that's not including anything animated.
The popularity has led to countless spin-off films, overwhelming amounts of merchandise, clothes, board games, computer, console games, even casino games.
Batman: Arkham Asylum is one of the most critically acclaimed superhero games of all time, and its combat mechanics have been shamelessly borrowed by several titles that have followed in the same genre. The iGaming industry hasn't been able to resist the allure of the DC Universe too, as some of the best online slots are based on its movies and characters; such as The Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad and many others.
When a new trailer for a DC film is released, it doesn't usually need much help in the hype department. So, when an all-star panel accompanies the trailer, the excitement begins to reach some pretty epic proportions, especially with the content that was teased.
Without giving too much away, both the panel discussion between stars Gadot and Wiig and the trailer teased at a significant evolution of one of the antagonist characters, Cheetah. "I don't wanna be like anyone," Cheetah's alter ego Barbara Minerva says. "I wanna be an apex predator."
Needless to say, the inevitable battle between Wonder Woman and Cheetah is going to be spectacular.
Speaking of epic, the trailer opens with a massive panning shot of a colosseum-style building and Amazons, including a young Wonder Woman, competing in the Amazonian Games. The Games are a test of strength for young Amazons and will doubtless reveal Diana's more cunning side as she will not have any advantages in strength or speed over her competitors.
There is also a brief clip suggesting Wonder Woman flies on a bolt of lightning and a glittering reveal of the Golden Eagle armour, which she will likely don in the final battle against Cheetah. But that's all that can be said about that without revealing too much.
During the panel, the cast and crew discussed the various challenges faced during the filming, with Pine admitting how blown away he was they were able to shut down the entirety of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC to shoot the movie.
The group also revealed how impressed they were by some of the Wonder Woman inspired cosplays. Cosplay originated in Japan and is a modern phenomenon in the western world, literally derived from the words "costume play", where fans go to great lengths and expense to design, create and wear outfits inspired by their favourite games, movies and anime.
One of the least surprising reveals was Pine admitting, to much laughter from his fellow crew, how easy it was to act in love with Gadot. However, what it did show was the chemistry and rapport developed between the cast and crew during filming, which is always a good sign for the final product.
Superfans will be pleased to find out Wonder Woman 1984 is set to be the second longest-running film in the history of the DC Extended Universe. Still, the news also comes with some concern about keeping things exciting and entertaining for so many minutes.
The only real issues DC and Warner Brothers face with the reception of this film are ones of their own making. Previous films in the DC Universe, such as the modern Batman movies, were received incredibly well by fans and critics alike and everything that follows will be judged based on that success.
It's a good problem to have to be sure, but an issue to consider all the same.