Wonder Woman 1984 (stylized as WW84) is a 2020 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Wonder Woman. It is the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman and the ninth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she wrote with Geoff Johns and David Callaham, based on a story by Johns and Jenkins. Gal Gadot stars as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, alongside Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen. Set in 1984 during the Cold War, the film follows Diana and her past love Steve Trevor as they face off against Maxwell Lord and Cheetah.
Wonder Woman 1984 will be the second DC superhero film to be released next year, following Birds of Prey, and will close the year with a release schedule that has turned the film industry upside down. Originally slated to hit theaters in North America on HBO and Max, it is now set to be re-released to the masses, albeit in a different way than expected. The first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 dropped on Sunday, revealing that Diana Prince, Wonder Woman’s love interest who died in the original film, has somehow resurrected. It premiered last December, but will finally be released on the release date, upending plans for the film industry as it premieres in theaters in HBO’s Max across North America.
For those who can’t see the film in theaters, Wonder Woman 1984 will be streamed on HBO’s Max. It will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray in North America on May 1, 2016.
All in all, WONDER WOMAN 1984 is a complete entertainer that will guarantee you a great time. Wonder Woman is charming and solid in every way, especially for its fans who need a reminder of what the heart of World War I is and what it means to see it at home. If you take your time in the middle of the reel, it’s a must-watch film, and if you’re like me, you’ll be behaving like Wonder Woman for Christmas 1984, that’s the movie for you.
It’s clunky, elaborate, and puffed up, but it’s a fun and entertaining film for fans who have seen Wonder Woman since its first appearance in the DC Comics series. Wonder Woman 1984 will be released in limited release in Australia and New Zealand on December 12 and will be on sale from December 16.
It’s hard to reconcile Wonder Woman’s 1984 frame with Steve Trevor’s return, which seems to form the emotional arc of the second film, but even here the film is fragmented and sometimes surprisingly limp. Similar to the first film, it feels very much like a two-part story that takes an emotional arc in the second film and then falls apart somehow at the end. There’s no doubt that Wonder Woman in 1984 manages to be both cheery and 1980s, and while it’s clunky and clichéd, it’s still fun, even if it manages to set the tone for the rest of the film.
Now that we have cleared the way, we are getting down to business and finding some answers. Wonder Woman in 1984 has much to enjoy, including the return of Steve Trevor and the introduction of Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), but it’s not a better – shot film as a superhero sequel should be. The 2017 reboot is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot as the title character, with Chris Pine as her father Steve and Gal’s mother Diana as Steve’s wife.
Disbelief aside, the main problem with Wonder Woman 1984 is that it doesn’t turn out to be as good as its predecessor. There are some well-choreographed stunts that make for some great action sequences and a good dose of action, but at the heart of the epic cinematic superhero action story, written by Jenkins, Johns, and Callaham in the script, is the story of Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), and Diana is very much the “heart” of Wonder Woman 1984.
It then moves on to the point where there is no turning back, and although there are no sequences that recreate the set pieces of the compatriot, there is a scene in which Diana is seen alone, coming close. The climactic action scene, which features some of the best action sequences from a recent superhero movie and some great stunts, is closest to the action scene from 1984’s Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman 1984 is a turning point in the history of Hollywood, with Warner Bros. banking on its big box office success and the movie’s Christmas Day release as the boost streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video need for at least the US push. It is said that this is the first time in history that a superhero film will be released in cinemas on Christmas Day, and it is one of those rare occasions when a big superhero film comes out on a big budget.
Wonder Woman 1984 has an impossible shoe, and it has its weaknesses, but the film does justice to that shoe, because there is really a flash in a bottle. In the end, it’s an extremely bloated sequel that has some funny moments and some great moments, like a great fight scene between Wonder Woman and Gal Gadot’s villainous Diana Prince (Diana Princess of Wales), but overall it’s a mediocre sequel to one of the most successful superhero films of all time.