6 1980s trends the 'Wonder Woman' sequel should embrace
From big hair to big cars, the '80s are ready for the world's favorite Amazon warrior princess to glam out and kick butt.
Could Wonder Woman be making the leap from the dirty and grim battlefield of early 20th-century Europe to the glam and secretive world of the Cold War? That's the rumor coming out of ScreenRant, which reportedly managed to get its lasso around some early production details on the highly anticipated sequel.
According to the documents, American director Patty Jenkins and screenwriter Geoff Johns will set the film in the late 1980s during the closing days of the Cold War. While we've heard Jenkins is intent on bringing Wonder Woman, played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, to America, rumor has it that at least some of the film will also take place in the Soviet Union.
But let's be honest here: the real story is that Wonder Woman is coming to the '80s, one of the greatest pop culture decades in recent memory. In honor of what we hope is indeed the real truth, we present six absolute must-haves for Diana Prince as she takes on the Soviet Union, big hair, glam clothing and denim of the 1980s.
While Gal Gadot's lovely locks have remained relatively tamed and proper throughout both her appearances in both "Batman v Superman" and "Wonder Woman," we're thinking the sequel should embrace the power and grandeur of the '80s big hair trend.
What exactly does this mean for our 500-year-old Amazon warrior princess? We're talking mousse – lots of it. Maybe even mousse with glitter, because why not? Since perms were all the rage, perhaps even some puffed-up, crazy curls accented with a classic scrunchie or headband. Whatever director Patty Jenkins decides, Wonder Woman's hair should be a finely sculpted hairspray masterpiece that no wind or villain can disturb.
A Trans-Am Firebird Convertible
The Pontiac Trans-Am Firebird, produced between 1967 and 2002, enjoyed some cultural glory years during the 1980s. (Photo: Andrew Pascarella/Flickr)
While the Wonder Woman of "Batman v Superman" preferred the sleek Lotus Evora sports car, we're pretty sure our warrior princess would be rocking the '80s behind the wheel of a Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am.
Along with the DeLorean from "Back to the Future," the Firebird Trans-Am was an absolute classic car from the '80s. Different models appeared in a litany of Hollywood productions, including most memorably as the enhanced artificial intelligence vehicle K.I.T.T. in the "Knight Rider" television series.
In addition to featuring a hood emblem reminiscent of Wonder Woman's eagle crest, the Firebird Trans-Am of the '80s also included world-class aerodynamics and handling and excellent fuel economy. We're thinking something in red and gold would serve Diane Prince just fine.
A video game arcade
No '80s throwback film would be complete without a scene involving a classic video game arcade. (Photo: Rob DiCaterino/Flickr)
Besides big hair and bright fashion, the '80s also marked the rise of the video game industry. While classic games for the home PC flew off shelves, the real action for any quarter-toting teenager took place at local arcades in malls and pizza shops. Like the recent brilliant Black Mirror episode "San Junipero" proved, there is some serious nostalgia for these now-defunct social gathering hotspots; many of which served as the inspiration behind today's giants in the field.
If a "Wonder Woman" sequel is going to take place in the '80s, we definitely wouldn't mind seeing Gadot's Wonder Woman stroll the aisles at an arcade or even take on a game of "Asteroids" or "Donkey Kong" in the process.
A bit of high-end fashion
As we saw in both "Batman v Superman" and "Wonder Woman," Diana Prince never strays far from dressing sharp. To that end, we'd expect her character in the sequel to embrace some of the more high-end fashionable tastes of the '80s.
For inspiration, we'd recommend Jenkins and Co. re-watch the classic romantic comedy "Pretty Woman" from Israeli producing legend Arnon Milchan. While released in 1990, the film takes place in the '80s and features American actress Julia Roberts in a variety of stunning Rodeo Drive outfits from the period. We can see it now: Gal Gadot in the red opera dress with matching white gloves, diamond necklace and a single sword tucked in the back. Cue Roy Orbison's classic "Pretty Woman" theme, and we have a winner.
So much denim
One of the more interesting rumors floating around is that American actor Chris Pine will return to reprise his Steve Trevor role. Given the fate of his character in the first film, this isn't exactly an easy entrance for Jenkins to write. There's also the problem that Trevor's character would be at least 85 years old. Since neither issue has stopped DC Comics from reviving characters before, we're just going to roll with the news and request one thing: denim. Lots of denim.
The '80s had a love affair with denim that is now reemerging on the modern-day fashion scene. One look at any classic John Hughes movie, from "Ferris Bueller" to "The Breakfast Club," will give you an idea of just how beloved jean jackets, jeans, Converse jean sneakers, etc. were during the decade. If Steve Trevor is back, then by all means, bring back the denim.
A synth music soundtrack
Should British film composer Rupert Gregson-Williams return to score the "Wonder Woman" sequel, we're hoping he introduces a bit of '80s synth music to mix. Some of the best movies of the era, from "Ghostbusters" to "Top Gun," included synthesizer-born beats, riffs, and sound effects. Even better, the genre is experiencing a revival thanks to such long-gestating sequels as "Tron: Legacy" an the upcoming "Blade Runner 2049."
Should Gregson-Williams need a little inspiration, the amusing 8-bit remix of German composer Hans Zimmer's iconic "Wonder Woman" theme below might fit the bill. At the very least, it would be fun to hear this playing in the background of the aforementioned arcade scene.
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