Why Chris Pine's return could be good (and bad) news for Wonder Woman
There may be more to his beloved character's role in 'Wonder Woman 1984' than we first believed.
Ask some comic book fans why they adore the genre, and you'll likely get some responses that include the words "unpredictable," "shocking" and "immortal." Earlier this week, Patty Jenkins, the American director behind the "Wonder Woman" film franchise, threw Twitter a gift wrapped in all three of these descriptions: Steve Trevor is back and alive and kicking (in appropriate 1980s footwear no less) for the sequel, "Wonder Woman 1984."
Jenkins' reveal was the ultimate mic drop, a throwaway bone of mystery that even Wonder Woman herself, played by Israeli star Gal Gadot, did not choose to wrap her golden lasso of truth around. Instead, she misdirected with this beautiful shot of Diana Prince standing in front of an array of old televisions glowing with various cultural images from the year 1984.
As you can imagine, reaction across the Internet was swift and furious, with memes and theories over how Trevor, played by American actor Chris Pine, could have possibly survived his explosive fate at the end of the first film.
This wave of incredulity, however, quickly turned to one of elation. The chemistry between Pine and Gadot was noticeably lit in the first film, with adoration high for both, and devastation over Trevor's loss was one of the few criticisms of the film's story. Now, with Jenkins and writers Geoff Johns and David Callaham bringing the character back, it appears that all is forgiven.
Even better, we get to see Trevor, in all his awkwardness, fully embrace the mid-1980s; the decade of the Walkman, He-Man, glam rock led by costumed marvels like Israeli Gene Simmons of KISS, and oh yes –– the fanny pack.
But back to the first question of "how in the hell is any of this possible?" Steve Trevor should not only be in a million adorable pieces, but also the world's oldest man to have lived through both the horrors of World War I to the horrors of 1980s hairstyles. Theories abound, tapping into comic-book lore with such possibilities as time travel, reanimation or even an alternate dimension Trevor plucked by some god or goddess to help Wonder Woman's fight against some Cold War baddies.
Of course, Jenkins' spoiler drop could also be a red herring, getting everyone excited over a Steve Trevor who isn't as he seems. One of our favorite theories, plucked straight from a 1982 issue of the "Wonder Woman" comic book series, could possibly involve a fan-favorite actor who previously ripped our hearts out on HBO's "Game of Thrones."
"A similar twist took place in Wonder Woman No. 289 (1982), when Wonder Woman’s frequent nemesis, Doctor Psycho, created a powerful body out of ectoplasm that looked like Trevor and fought Diana as Captain Wonder," writes Richard Newby of The Hollywood Reporter. "With Pedro Pascal’s role in the sequel yet to be revealed, could it be that he will be tormenting Diana alongside the Cheetah as Doctor Psycho, fake Steve Trevor in tow?"
When Pascal, who starred as the dashing Red Viper on "Thrones," was announced as joining the cast, we pegged him as a possible love interest or villain to Wonder Woman. Should the above Trevor theory hold up, we could be right on both counts.
For now, we'll just revel in the glory that is Steve Trevor in the 1980s. Bring on November 2019 and bring back the "Wonder Dance." We're ready.
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