Ending some speculation and starting more, the time period for Wonder Woman's big screen return has been revealed. After a WWI-set debut that sailed beyond audience’s wildest dreams, the possibilities for Wonder Woman’s future were endless. She could go to the second World War, to Vietnam...well, anywhere that justice needs serving. The ageless Amazon is already in the present, we know that because of Justice League. But now, she’ll be going back to the future, to the Cold War.
At CinemaCon, director Patty Jenkins confirmed that the sequel will be set in the 1980s. Joining Gal Gadot’s Diana in Wonder Woman 2 will be Pedro Pascal in an unconfirmed role alongside original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter in a cameo (possibly), and Kristen Wiig as Cheetah.
The latter seems like a purr-fect match to the decade, because her wealth, snobbery, and inescapable cheetah-print apparel scream ‘80s. Cheetah has been both friendly rival and straight-up villain for Diana, but with the possibility to hook up with the Russians for personal gain, the plot seems ripe for a full-scale baddie.
The Soviet Union provides a perfect institutional enemy for Wonder Woman, echoing the large machinations of the German army in her first film, while Steve Trevor’s death will have haunted her for decades by this point.
Besides, speaking of the ‘80s, it wasn’t all synth and hairspray: it was a great time of rebirth for the heroine. In the comics, she reembraced her Greek mythological heritage and started the journey to become the modern superhero we know today. References to this Wonder Woman golden age could be rampant throughout the otherwise political action film.