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Why are there two villains in Wonder Woman 1984? Why is Steve Trevor back? We’re about to find out.

Wonder Woman 1984 was only supposed to be a month out from release, but that changed at the last minute. That means a lot of promotional material was already slated for release, and it’s hitting shelves now. In a new magazine interview with Patty Jenkins is sharing some more information.

It has become a common trope in comic book movie sequels to see the hero take on more than one villain. In some cases it is overkill, but it seems that Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins felt the need to go this route to serve the story.

“It turned out that the story was the thing that gave birth to the need for both [villains],” Jenkins tells Total Film for an upcoming issue. “It wasn’t that I thought I needed both. Cheetah was the villain that we were focused on having in this movie, but then Max Lord, throughout the history of Wonder Woman comics – he serves a very mechanical purpose, often.”

In the story, Maxwell Lord will be playing the figurehead of a major corporation. He will be playing some form of a salesman that is trying to get investors in an oil operation and enjoy the success of ‘black gold.’

As to the return of Chris Pine as Steve Trevor – something that should not have been possible after the first film – Jenkins feels there were good reasons for it to happen. “You all go on the journey together,” said the director. “The movie and the characters all go on a journey together. It did not at all come from, ‘We’ve got to have Steve back.’ I was so pleased when I thought of the story idea, and then intrinsic to that story was Steve coming back, because we love Chris. But it just came naturally.”

As to whether or not Wonder Woman 1984 is a sequel or reboot, Jenkins has said while the new film is self-contained, it is indeed a sequel to the first film.

Wonder Woman 1984 is currently scheduled to hit theaters on Aug. 14.

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SOURCE: Total Film