‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Novelization Just Answered One of the Movie’s Biggest Mysteries

According to Patty Jenkins, comic book movies should embrace their differences and celebrate what works for them. The Wonder Woman director certainly secured her place in the superhero movie pantheon. That’s partly why fans are so excited to see Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984. Now they might have the answer to one of its biggest mysteries.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains potential spoilers for Wonder Woman 1984. Read at your own risk.]

Patty Jenkins, Chris Pine, and Gal Gadot San Diego Comic-Con
Patty Jenkins, Chris Pine, and Gal Gadot San Diego Comic-Con | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

An unexpected ‘Wonder Woman’ hero appears in the trailers

Following the tremendous success of 2017’s Wonder Woman, fans rejoiced about news of a sequel. After all, the first movie’s World War I setting left the story possibilities wide open. And it wasn’t long before Wonder Woman 1984 became 2020’s most anticipated release.

But much to fans’ confusion, an unexpected familiar face shows up in the movie’s marketing materials. Despite his heroic death at the end of the first film, Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor is alive and kicking it in the 1980s with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot).

So far, his return has been completely unexplained. But the upcoming novelization of Wonder Woman 1984 might shed some light on how Diana’s love has returned from the dead.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ novelization reveals how Steve returns

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has, of course, been perpetually delayed. But fans eager to learn more about what to expect when the movie is available can dig into a recent piece over at Bleeding Cool. The site uncovers some of the potential spoilers revealed in the novelization set for publication in fall 2020.

According to this report, Steve Trevor’s resurrection comes courtesy of a mystical artifact called the Dreamstone. As its name implies, it brings one’s dreams to life via wish fulfillment. Like Diana’s Lasso of Truth, the item carries the power of the gods. After it passes through the museum where Diana works, she uses it to bring Steve back to life.

The object appeared sporadically in DC Comics but isn’t specifically connected to Wonder Woman herself in the source material. Moreover, the movie will reveal the Dreamstone’s connection to the God of Lies, implying a level of deceit behind its power. Likely, its necessary destruction will mean Steve will once again fade away.

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When will fans finally get to see director Patty Jenkins’ sequel?

This leak could wind up spoiling Wonder Woman 1984 for fans. But there’s always the chance the novelization bears significant differences from the final product. Oftentimes, novelizations like this one are based on earlier drafts of a movie’s script or are deliberately altered to retain a particular mystery.

In the case of Wonder Woman 1984, the biggest question is when fans will finally see it. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Warner Bros. keeps postponing its release, currently set for Oct. 2, 2020. But that’s definitely subject to change. In all likelihood, fans have even longer to wait before discovering the truth behind Steve’s shocking return.