An apparent insider with knowledge of the DC Extended Universe has released two new tidbits about the upcoming film Wonder Woman 1984, about the roles that Chris Pine and Pablo Pascal will be playing in the film.
In the first film, Pine played Steve Trevor, the love interest of Diana/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). However (spoiler alert) he did not survive the movie, and even if he had, the sequel is set almost 70 years later; as such, the actor’s return is somewhat confusing.
On Twitter, one fan suggested to DanielRPK that this new character could be someone disguised as Steve Trevor to trick Diana. The identity of “Daniel” is unknown, but he describes himself as a Los Angeles writer and in the past has started rumors about the DCEU that turned out to be accurate.
Here, he shot down the disguise theory, saying “Nope. That’s the real Steve Trevor.”
The idea that Steve is somehow still alive (and young, like his demigoddess girlfriend) is certainly strange, especially since Diana still seems to be mourning him in Justice League, which is set in the present day.
That said, “the real Steve Trevor” may be a technicality―one theory says that this will be some sort of “Steve Trevor II,” a descendant or other relative of the original. The 1970s Wonder Woman series pulled a similar trick with two characters (a father and son), both of whom were played by Lyle Waggoner.
DanielRPK also commented on Pedro Pascal’s unnamed character, saying that he may turn out to be “a god in disguise.”
Wonder Woman is tied closely to classical mythology, and the first movie revealed that in this continuity, the war god Ares killed the rest of his pantheon years before. If Pascal is a god, will he be a survivor of that deicidal massacre, or someone from another mythology?
The original movie happened to include a Native American character named Chief Napi, played by Eugene Brave Rock; while not explicitly mentioned in the film, Brave Rock has confirmed that he is actually supposed to be the mythological demigod Napi from Blackfoot mythology. This opens up many possibilities about Pascal’s character, expanding the franchise beyond its traditional Greco-Roman foundation. (Though the last movie already had a character suddenly revealed to be Ares; hopefully the sequel can make the same trick seem fresh.)