Wonder Woman is defined by her love for mankind and one man in particular, Steve Trevor, a WWI soldier who tragically died at the end of her first solo film. The pain of this loss is still felt in present-day movies like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but in the world of superheroes, death is rarely a permanent thing.
Director Patty Jenkins has proved this yet again by confirming that Chris Pine's character will somehow reunite with Diana Prince in the sequel, Wonder Woman 1984. While Steve was undoubtedly a highlight of the first movie, fans are bound to be apprehensive about his return given that he previously exploded in an aeroplane high above the ground.
Wonder Woman 1984 won't hit cinemas until November 1, 2019, so in the meantime, join Digital Spy as we explore all the ways that Chris Pine's character could potentially return for Diana's second solo outing.
The official press release for Wonder Woman 1984 gives little away, simply stating that "Chris Pine returns as Steve Trevor". As no details are given, the obvious solution is that Wonder Woman's lover may still be dead in the sequel and simply appears in the form of flashbacks.
However, the '80s fashion sported by Pine in the first image rules this theory out for the most part, although it's entirely possible that flashbacks will play a role alongside the main reason for Pine's return.
Given that Diana still mourns the loss of Steve in the present day of Justice League, we're sure that her former lover is still on her mind in the year 1984. Because of this, Pine's role in the film could be a fantasy or dream. Once again though, the period attire on display makes this unlikely, unless Diana briefly mistakes someone else for Steve. But that would be a pretty mean tease by Warner Bros.
While the DCEU has touched upon space travel and the concept of gods, time travel escapades have been confined largely to small screen ventures like The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. However, there's nothing stopping Warner Bros from introducing elements of time-travel to the Wonder Woman franchise, although this might feel like a cop-out.
Anyone who's ever read a comic book is likely to be aware of the fact that superheroes return from the dead more often than Wonder Woman punches bad guys. Over the years, DC writers have concocted various ways to resurrect their fallen heroes, including godly intervention, various technological devices and a mystical pool of water called the Lazarus Pit which featured prominently on the Arrow TV show.
There's a huge number of ways that Steve could be resurrected, but doing so would completely undermine the emotional impact of his death in the first Wonder Woman movie, so we hope that Warner Bros. will avoid this option entirely.
5) Still Alive?
Instead of being resurrected, it's also possible that Chris Pine's character somehow survived the explosion in 1918 and is still alive in the year 1984. After all, we never did see a body. If that's true, then Steve is either the hottest OAP on the planet or he found a way to maintain his youth long past natural means.
This might sound ridiculous, but in a world of gods and superpowers, anything is possible.
6) Steve Trevor Jr?
Fans of the Wonder Woman TV show might recall that actor Lyle Waggoner played two versions of Steve Trevor across the first three seasons, switching from the role of father to Steve Trevor Jr following a time jump in Seasons 2 and 3.
Detractors might be quick to point out that the DCEU version of Steve never had any children, but Pine himself said once that his character could have had a family prior to the war, so Wonder Woman 1984 might potentially go down this route to bring the star back. Bit weird that Steve never mentioned them, mind.
Although this might be heartbreaking for Diana and fans of Steve alike, we wouldn't be surprised if Pine returns in the form of a doppelganger designed to torment Wonder Woman and remind her of what she's lost.
Robots, clones and even godly shape-shifters are all likely candidates, but there's also a chance that this imposter could be linked to iconic Wonder Woman villains like Circe or Doctor Psycho, who possess the kind of telepathic and magic powers that could make this a reality.
Whether one of these theories turn out to be true or not, what we do know is that the chemistry Pine and Gal Gadot shared in the first movie will undoubtedly help Wonder Woman 1984 become just as successful as its predecessor when the film is eventually released on November 1, 2019.
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