The golden lasso has entered the eighties – and America!

After watching the first Wonder Woman film in 2017, I remember running home from the cinema with this strange on-top-of-the-world feeling. Gal Gadot was strong, beautiful, powerful and completely determined as she furiously fought to put an end to the fighting in the war-torn London and Belgium. She wasn’t a princess in a tower waiting to be saved by a prince – she was Diana Prince – and while we’d seen other female superheros in recent years, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman really sat in a league of her own. (Maybe it was knowing Gadot was an actual Israeli soldier before she was actress too!)

Today, the trailer to the movie’s sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, released – and its action sequences appear to promise that same thrilling audience response.

Wonder Woman, 2017.

The first film saw Diana – and the love of her life Captain Steve Trevor (Pine) – fight alongside the Allies in World War One. Together, they saved the people of Belgium from Doctor Poison’s lethal mustard gas and defeated villain Ares. But when Steve is tragically killed, Diana is left completely broken.

Warner Bros. hasn’t released too many details about the sequel, but the studio did offer this one-line summary of what fans should expect: “Diana Prince comes into conflict with the Soviet Union during the Cold War in the 1980s and finds a formidable foe by the name of the Cheetah.” Former Saturday Night Live actress Kristen Wiig joins the cast as this villain named Cheetah, known in the DC universe as Wonder Woman’s archenemy.

What we do see in the trailer, however, is the return of Steve – which is so exciting and also confusing. It’s more confusing than Gadot not ageing a day since the 1940s.

“In the first movie, we got to establish the story of Diana becoming Wonder Woman,” Gadot told the audience at CCXP in Brazil at the weekend. “In this movie, we’re going to find Diana in 1984. She’s quite lonely. She lost all of her friends over the years, and she’s doing what she needs to do. She’s doing her calling. She’s helping mankind and saving them – until something crazy is about to happen to her.”

Whatever this crazy thing is, surely there’s no match in this world for Dians’s golden eagle armour that you’re about to see below.

Wonder Woman 1984 will release in Australian cinemas in June 2020.