Gal Gadot Rides The Lighting In The First ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Trailer

  • Miles
  • December 9, 2019
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Warner Bros. and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal, could be the first non-Disney movie to top the domestic box office for the year since American Sniper and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I in 2014.

Well, this looks like a teaser trailer for a movie that’s an eagerly anticipated sequel to a much-liked original. You’ve got richly colorful action sequences, plenty of character work, an interesting new setting (America in the 1980’s) and at least one bonkers-ridiculous money shot (Diana lassoing a lightning bolt in mid-air). You have hints of the new villains (Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal) and a reappearance of a seemingly dead Chris Pine to boot. Yeah, this looks like Patty Jenkins and friends going full-tilt boogie the second time out. Sometimes letting the director go wild on the sequel gives you Batman Returns, sometimes that gives you Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Either way, it won’t be boring, and it’ll look lovely on an IMAX screen.

It’s no secret that I’m of the opinion that Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 has a strong shot at being the biggest domestic grosser of the summer, if not the year. Unless it takes a sizable dive from the first film’s $412.5 million domestic finish and/or Black Widow plays more like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($389 million) than Doctor Strange ($232 million), I’d argue that the Gal Gadot/Chris Pine sequel has a lock on the summer domestic crown if not the annual championship belt. The global battle is more complicated, as I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fast & Furious 9 become the first movie to top $1 billion global without passing $200 million domestic. But barring a surprise, the domestic crown is Diana’s to lose.

If the trend in China continues with superhero movies surpassing all other Hollywood flicks (save for Fast & Furious movies), then yes, the likes of EternalsBlack Widow, Birds of PreyVenom 2 and Wonder Woman 1984 have a moderate advantage over their blockbuster competition. By the way, it should be noted that both of next year’s DC Films flicks (Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984, Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey) and both MCU movies for 2020 (Cate Shortland’s Black Widow and Chloé Zhao’s Eternals) will have female directors at the helm of mostly female-centric or female-led superhero movies. Birds of Prey is a Harley Quinn (and friends) movie while Eternals involves an ensemble led by (among others) Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani and Gemma Chan.

One thing worth noting as we relish this clip of Wonder Woman dipping her toes into the Cold War is that, should Wonder Woman win the day in North America and/or Fast & Furious 9 win the title worldwide, it’ll be the first time since 2014 where a Disney film has not been the biggest grosser in North America and worldwide. If you recall, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I ($337 million) was tops domestic (although American Sniper earned $350 million domestic after going wide in January of 2015), while Transformers: Age of Extinction ($1.1 billion) was tops worldwide. Since then, it’s been Disney in North America (Force Awakens, Rogue One, Last Jedi, Black Panther and Avengers Endgame) and worldwide (Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil WarLast JediAvengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame). That Disney streak could come to an end.

Wonder Woman 1984 doesn’t have to win the summer or the year in raw domestic or global grosses to be a hit. Heck, it’s entirely possible that the sequel will merely perform about as well as we all hoped/expected ($250 million) from the first movie. That’s not necessarily a loss as long as the movie makes enough globally to justify the expense. DC Films is on a hot streak, both critically and commercially, but just because Aquaman and Joker topped $1 billion doesn’t mean Wonder Woman 1984 has to. This terrifically entertaining “We’re awesome and we know it” teaser, complete with snazzy character posters (Chris Pine seems to have been resurrected entirely to mess with Paramount’s Top Gun sequel) is a step in the right direction.

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