‘Wonder Woman 1984’: Gal Gadot Reveals How Much Diana Has Changed

Over the years, both Batman and Superman have headlined countless movies, animated series, and video games amid a near-constant run in the comics. Yet, neither iconic hero emerged as the central figure of the DC Extended Universe. That honor belongs to Wonder Woman, who — according to Gal Gadot — has changed quite a bit by Wonder Woman 1984.

Gal Gadot at the 'Justice League' premiere
Gal Gadot at the ‘Justice League’ premiere | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Gal Gadot is finally back in the DCEU after a few years

As played by Gadot in director Patty Jenkins’ 2017 movie, Wonder Woman remains the only one of DC’s “Trinity” of leading heroes with an established leading star in the role. Warner Bros. is kickstarting a whole new continuity with Robert Pattinson’s The Batman. And Henry Cavill still isn’t confirmed to return to play Superman anytime soon. Yet, Gadot isn’t going anywhere.

Her wildly popular debut as Diana Prince won widespread critical acclaim, proving to be the first undisputed hit among the DCEU. Of course, Gadot and Jenkins are back for the sequel. The first film was set during World War I. But Wonder Woman 1984 — as its title not-so-subtly suggests — picks up in the mid-1980s. During that 66-year time jump, Diana has really grown up.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ finds the hero in a very different place

When audiences first meet Diana, she is an accomplished warrior. But having never known anything beyond her homeland of Themiscyra, she comes across as naive when crosses paths with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). During Wonder Woman, Diana discovers love and the complicated truth of humanity. But when fans see her again, she’ll be much more worldly.

According to BuzzFeed, Gadot recently shared some insight into Diana’s mindset going into Wonder Woman 1984.

She really does understand the complexities of life and what it means being human. She’s very lonely, she’s super sweet and nice and has goodwill towards anyone she comes across. But she doesn’t want to get hurt and she doesn’t want to hurt anyone, because then she’ll have to disappear.

I think she’s in a good place — she wants to be in this world, because that’s her calling, to try and make a better world and help — but she had a big loss. I think that Steve was, really, her heart, and it’s a very hard feeling to live life like everything is good. The years pass by, and you don’t really get to live your life.

Fans were shocked to discover Pine’s Steve Trevor returns for the sequel. And recent leaks have teased how that might be possible. But more importantly than how it returns, of course, it what it will mean for Diana to have him back in her life. Moreover, how will it affect her if she has to say goodbye to him all over again? Pointedly, Steve isn’t still around in the modern era of the DCEU (i.e., Justice League).

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Will Patty Jenkins’ movie actually hit theaters in 2020?

Reportedly, Diana’s abilities will have evolved just as much as her character. Since she’s been actively performing hero work in between movies, Wonder Woman 1984 will introduce fans to a much more “seasoned” version of the hero, producer Chuck Roven said. But when will the movie finally hit theaters?

Originally set for release in fall 2019, Warner Bros. pushed Wonder Woman 1984 to summer 2020. But after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit, the film was delayed a couple of times. As it stands, the new movie is currently slated for Oct. 2, 2020. Only time will tell if Wonder Woman 1984‘s release stays on schedule.