Wonder Woman was a runaway smash for Warner Bros. and DC Films. It remains the DCEU’s domestic box office champ. Warner Bros. has director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot to thank for that, but also Chris Pine. His work as Steve Trevor opposite Gadot’s Diana was a key component of the film’s appeal.

The only problem, it seemed, was that Trevor would not get to return for a sequel on account of the whole being dead thing. Death in superhero stories, however, isn’t the prohibitive challenge it is in most other stories and Trevor is indeed back in Wonder Woman 1984, just like the director planned all along.

“It’s interesting,” Jenkins said on Buzzfeed’s AM to DM. “I thought of what this next movie should be in the middle of making the first movie, so it wasn’t a solution to ‘Oh God, that worked out, let’s try to jam you in there.’ It’s all incredibly important to the story. It makes perfect sense. That’s all I can tell you.”

There have been theories and spoilery rumors as to how Trevor returns in the 1980s after his World War I demise. Whatever happens, we can take Jenkins at her word that it will indeed fit within the story and not feel forced.

It’s going to be great to see Gadot and Pine together again, this time with their roles somewhat reversed. In 1984, it will be Diana’s turn to introduce Trevor to the modern world.

The Wonder Woman 1984 conversation begins at 3:54 in the video.

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