The first panel to kickoff the inaugural DC Fandom event was for “Wonder Woman 1984,” the highly-anticipated sequel to 2017’s “Wonder Woman.” This film has been gestating for close to three years now, filming in 2018 and originally scheduled for a November 2019 release. “WW84” was later pushed to June 2020, August 2020 and now sits on October 2. The panel started with Brazilian hosts Érico Borgo and Aline Diniz introducing Kristen Wiig (Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Pedro Pascal (Maxwell Lord), Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman) and director/co-writer/producer Patty Jenkins.
Jenkins immediately commented on the hectic nature of the release and about how the entire cast and crew is dying to finally share the film with fans. “It’s so great on the big screen… we believe in putting it in the cinema,” said Jenkins, reaffirming Warner Bros. steadfast commitment to the theatrical experience.
The group fielded fan questions, including one asking about the costume design and how difficult it was to make the switch from World War I-era to the 1980s. Jenkins and Pedro Pascal praised Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming’s attention to detail.
Tennis superstar Venus Williams also popped in to ask a fun question about who would win in a tennis match between Wonder Woman and Cheetah. Wiig gave a fun answer saying Cheetah’s speed would give here the edge, which Gadot obviously disagreed with
Finally, Lynda Carter – the original Wonder Woman – also made a surprise appearance! The cast and Jenkins all seemed thrilled and heaped praise on the icon for her inspiration and influence on their involvement in the films. Wiig, who had never met Carter before, was particularly touched and had a true fangirl moment.
They all admired some gorgeous fan-art and cosplay photos before dropping the second official trailer, which you can see above! It opened with an Amazonian, Olympics-style games, with child Diana (Lilly Aspell) competing. We then get some awesome images of Diana swinging from lightning bolts with her Lasso of Truth, followed by an ominous Maxwell Lord voiceover. I’m loving what we are seeing from Pascal in the role. The trailer continues with Steve Trevor reuniting with Diana and rekindling their romance. Wiig’s Barbara Minerva starts out as a nerdy companion of Diana, giving off serious “Batman Returns” Selina Kyle vibes with her long, blonde curls and big glasses.
The big money sequence at the end finally reveals her as Cheetah! It’s all very quick and shows them throwing down as Diana wears her golden, winged suit. The Cheetah designs looks very true to the comics, and the VFX on her look promising, but there’s no telling what the final product will look like!
Overall, “WW84” delivered an exciting and energetic start to DC FanDome, giving the fans a little bit of everything they had been looking for. Hopefully, the other film panels will be on their level!
“Wonder Woman 1984” hits theaters October 2, 2020.
Johnny Sobczak is an entertainment journalist and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in Media and Journalism and minored in Global Cinema. Johnny is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association and has been with Inside the Film Room since August 2019. He was named Senior Writer in January 2020 and co-hosts the Inside the Film Room podcast with Zach Goins. Johnny spends his days job-hunting, watching films and obsessing over every new detail of Denis Villeneuve's "Dune."