Hey, remember when Wonder Woman 1984 hit theaters last month? You don’t? Oh, yeah, that’s because it got delayed into 2020 back in the summer. Since that announcement, things have been pretty goddamn quiet on the Themiscaryan Front, with director Patty Jenkins informing fans of the Star-Spangled Justice Leaguer that any sort of marketing for the film wouldn’t begin until December. Well, December has finally come and Jenkins has lived up to her word, and Warner Brothers dropped the trailer for the long-awaited film at CCXP in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sunday. You know what that means: it’s time to get totally tubular up in this motherfucker. Cue the Killing Joke, guys.
So, that’s definitely an interesting trailer, even if it’s not a great one. The images are often strong enough on their own to keep disappointment at bay (that cool shot of Gadot hitting a bullet straight out of the clip is some solid-ass action filmmaking right there), and we’re really thankful that Jenkins is allowed to be colorful and vivid with her work here, as opposed to following Zack Snyder’s blue-grey blueprints. And hell, we’re even vibing with Diana’s new Flash Gordon-style armor at the end of the preview, too.
The only thing that’s really missing is… the plot. If you don’t know who Maxwell Lord is, you’re probably wondering why Pedro Pascal is playing Donald Trump here, and Kristen Wiig, though her presence is nice, seems an odd fit until you find out who she’s playing (hint: She is the ur-Cat Lady). Chris Pine’s back and we’re gonna get some Back to the Future II-like jokes here, but it’ll be pretty disappointing if there isn’t a solid narrative reason for him to do so (unlike, say, Peggy Carter who simply remained a tragic figure until the end of Steve Rogers’ story). Anyway, we’re just huge dorks, so forgive our nitpicking about what is otherwise a very decent two minutes of footage from this long-awaited film.
Here’s an incredibly brief synopsis:
“Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.”