How Does Chris Pine Return in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’?

Wonder Woman 1984 doesn’t come out until next summer, but a burning question is already on fans’ minds: How in the world is Chris Pine in the cast?

Those who saw the movie may remember that it’s kind of impossible for his character, Steve Trevor, to come back. After Steve meets his demise, Diana (Gal Gadot) seems to spend a lot of time pining for him, pun fully intended. We saw that as far back as Batman v Superman, where she first appeared.

One has to remember we’re talking about comic book lore here here. Characters have a miraculous capacity for not staying dead. After all, Avengers: Endgame found a way to get around half the characters being dusted. If Marvel can do it, why can’t DC?

What happened to Steve Trevor in ‘Wonder Woman’?

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In the 2017 movie, Diana rescues Steve Trevor, a World War I pilot, after his plane crashes off the coast of her homeland. After he explains that war is raging in his dimension, Diana begins to suspect that the evil god Ares has a hand in the conflict. Therefore, she sets out to help Steve defeat the forces of darkness, whether they be Nazi or deity. Naturally, sparks fly, and the two begin to fall for each other, even if they won’t admit it.

As Diana battles Ares, a team led by Steve destroys a laboratory where deadly gas was being made. Steve hijacks a bomber carrying the poison gas and detonates it, sacrificing himself. Diana’s grief over Steve’s death helps enable her to defeat Ares. In the present day, Diana sends an email to Bruce Wayne, thanking him for a photo taken of her and Steve.

Wonder Woman 1984, due for release on June 5, 2020, is about Diana batting the Soviet Union in the Cold War during the titular decade. The chief villain is the Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig.

How could Steve Trevor come back in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’?

The most obvious answer would be flashbacks, but that would be a little too ordinary. DC hopefully has something more clever up its sleeve. And history indicates that they just might.

As explained in the Hollywood Reporter, Steve first died in 1980 no thanks to Doctor Cyber. And this happened just after Diana decided to give up her powers and marry him. He stayed dead until 1987, when he was seemingly resurrected as Steve Howard, only to die the following year.

Then those pesky multiverses came into play. A Steve Trevor from another world crashed on Paradise Island in 1980. The goddess of love Aphrodite wiped his mind and implanted his body with the memories of the original Steve in 1984. Hey, it worked for Spider-Man, voiced by Chris Pine in the multiverse movie.

Whatever the case, THR thinks this could be a good move. “Whether he is used as evidence of the DCEU’s multiverse, a trick played by the gods, the work of one of Wonder Woman’s rouges or simply the ace WWI pilot in his natural state, Trevor’s return is sure to open up new possibilities for the DCEU. (Director Patty) Jenkins has proven herself a smart filmmaker who knows what is best for the emotional arcs of her characters,” the trade paper opined.

Could ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ come out earlier?

It’s possible we may find our answer sooner rather than later. Wonder Woman was originally going to come out in December of this year, before Warner Bros. decided to push the release back to June 2020. June is when the first film opened, so WB figured it would be best to stick with their original time slot.

Now, per Cinemablend, Jenkins has said: “I can’t wait! I can’t believe — it’s so funny, for all the entire time that we were making the movie, I was lobbying. They were wanting to move it up much earlier. And I was like ‘You guys, it’s got to be the summer of 2020, like it’s got to be!’ And that was what I always wanted. And now, I’ve just screened a version of the film and I’m like ‘Oh my God, can we move it back up again?’ I’m dying to release this film! But of course it’s good and it’s fine, but it’s frustrating to have to wait.”

So will we see Wonder Woman again this year after all? Probably not. A studio has very rarely changed a release date only to move it back to the original date. Once the wheels are set in motion, it’s hard to reverse them. Besides, it may be wiser to steer clear of a film called The Rise of Skywalker, due out December 20.