Updated on Aug 23, 2020. Posted on Aug 19, 2020

    13 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets I Learned On Set Of "Wonder Woman 1984"

    "She's been waiting for him — it's been 80 years since they last met, and she hasn't loved anyone else since."

    It may have been a very (very, very, very) long wait, but the time is almost here, and Wonder Woman 1984 — the highly anticipated sequel to 2017's Wonder Woman — is finally being released in just a couple of months.

    It's safe to say between the return of Steve Trevor, the promise of a villainous Kristen Wiig, and the generally fabulous '80s setting, the movie is definitely something to look forward to.

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    All the way back in 2018, I was given the opportunity to visit the set of Wonder Woman 1984 in London to speak to some of the cast — Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Pedro Pascal — director Patty Jenkins, and some key members of the production crew about their work on the film.

    Of course, the whole thing was surrounded by secrecy. But I ~did~ manage to find out a few secrets from the crew...

    1. The film isn't a sequel to 2017's Wonder Woman in a traditional sense — rather, it's a "standalone adventure", and will feel very different than the first thanks to the setting.

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    According to associate producer Anna Obropta, the intention with the '80s setting is not for it to be kitsch, cliché, or mocking, but rather to "celebrate the decade" as a time of great success and change in America.

    She also said director Patty Jenkins took inspiration from the works of Steven Spielberg, the "master of the '80s".

    2. The movie opens in Themyscira with the "Amazon Olympics", and we see Diana Prince competing in the huge event as a 10-year-old child.

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    "It's like American Ninja Warrior meets Cirque Du Soleil meets extreme sports, and yet really like none of that," Obropta said. "It's like nothing you've ever seen before."

    3. The character of Diana Prince has changed significantly since the last film — she's more understanding of humanity and the world in general, but she's lonely.

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    "She really does understand the complexities of life and what it means being human," explained Gal Gadot. "She's very lonely, she's super sweet and nice and has good will towards anyone she comes across, but she doesn't want to get hurt and she doesn't want to hurt anyone, because then she'll have to disappear."

    She went on: "I think she's in a good place — she wants to be in this world, because that's her calling, to try and make a better world and help — but she had a big loss. I think that Steve was, really, her heart, and it's a very hard feeling to live life like everything is good. The years pass by, and you don't really get to live your life."

    4. And we're also going to see her with a better grasp on her own powers, as well as an "expansion of her abilities" as Wonder Woman.

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    "When you saw her in Wonder Woman, she was just beginning to understand her capabilities, and now she's seasoned, if you will, because she's been doing what she's been doing since the end of World War 1 to 1984," said producer Chuck Roven. "That's plenty of time for her to expand her powers."

    "One of the great things about Diana as a character, is that she's always learning, and always taking life lessons," he added. "That makes her a better character, but it also influences what she does with her powers."

    5. Of course, we see the return of Steve Trevor — and, according to Gal Gadot, his relationship with Diana is "even more romantic and sexy" than last time.

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    "I think in the first one, we've just initiated [the relationship]. We've just started it, and it was way more naïve," Gal said. "You know, it was the first time Diana had ever fallen in love."

    "In this one, they meet each other again, but it's the adulthood part of it," said went on. "She's been waiting for him — it's been 80 years since they last met, and she hasn't loved anyone else since."

    6. As for Steve, he's escaped the effects of the war and is "in a place of extreme openness".

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    "In [Wonder Woman 1984], he's just in this blissful state of having shed all of that, and he can just be a wondrous boy," Chris Pine said of his character. "He's looking and receiving everything with love and appreciation. It's not a time of war for him, it's a time of revelation and awe."

    7. We get to see a new costume for Wonder Woman — a winged, golden suit of armour inspired by the comics — which Gal Gadot calls "freaking badass".

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    According to costume designer Lindy Hemming, the wings are multifunctional. They can be used as a paraglider, but are also used to defend Wonder Woman from attackers.

    "Instead of being aggressive, she's defensive," Hemmings said. "Her MO is, no one can get to her, so her opponent gets tired out... She hasn't killed them or hurt them or attacked them, she's — like a boxer does — caused them to use all their energy."

    8. There's also one costume in the movie that pays homage to Lynda Carter, the iconic '70s Wonder Woman, but it was actually a total accident.

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    "I started to go through the internet looking for beautiful costumes from the '80s, and this one was Brooke Shields that I found from back in the '80s and then Lindy, our wonderful costume designer, just made it," Gal said of the costume. "And then only through the fans I found out that Lynda [Carter] had a similar one."

    As for Lindy Hemming, the costume designer explained that Diana "doesn't get home much" within the film, and her costumes are often supposed to be pulled together from what she can find throughout her adventure.

    9. Pedro Pascal appears as Maxwell Lord IV, "a fraudulent businessman selling the American dream".

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    On set, Pedro Pascal explained that what's interesting about his character is that he's not supernatural, but rather just a human being with human flaws.

    "I'm working with Patty on very real, colourful scenes," he said. "It's an adventure, but this feels more akin to getting to do a play or a real drama or a real comedy."

    "You'll be able to decide [if he's the villain] when you see it," he added. "When you see it, you'll be able to interpret that on your own. And that's the original angle on this one, is that they're human beings, and I don't mean that in a basic way, I mean that in a telling way."

    10. Meanwhile, Kristen Wiig appears as Barbara Minerva — aka Cheetah — a friend of Diana's who goes rogue and shows up regularly in the comics.

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    Director Patty Jenkins said that she was fascinated by Kristen Wiig's character not because she's the opposite of Diana Prince, but because she's jealous of her.

    "It's the fact that she's a character who wants Diana's powers, but can't be trusted with them," Jenkins said. "It's like, seeing a human being get to dabble with superpowers, and the choices they make with it. That's what I've always liked about Cheetah."

    "I think Diana is always kind of disappointed with mankind," she added. "She's an optimist, and it's always a little sad when mankind makes the wrong choices."

    11. The movie will naturally deal with issues of sexism and discrimination in the '80s, but it's not a focus.

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    "Just as the first time, I wasn't making the movie about that," Jenkins said. "I thought that was such a hilarious way to look at the issues of the times, like, she doesn't know about them, nor does she care about them."

    She explained: "It makes it so crystal clear, like, 'What are you talking about, women don't come in the room? Why not?' It's the same thing this time."

    12. That behind-the-scenes Breakfast Club photo was posted to Pedro Pascal's Instagram completely by accident, but he didn't get in trouble for it.

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    "It was an accident!" he laughed. "It wasn't planned, and people had to look at it and make sure there was nothing to get in trouble about, and there wasn't."

    He also explained exactly how he ended up posting it, and it turns out he was just trying to use a filter: "I use the Instagram filter to make a picture look like I want it to look to keep on my phone. And so what you do is your post and delete in an instant. So that was my problem."

    13. And finally — and most importantly — Steve Trevor will wear a fanny pack throughout the movie, and it was all Chris Pine's idea.

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    What's inside the fanny pack? According to Chris Pine himself: "Treats."

    Wonder Woman 1984 will be released in cinemas worldwide on October 2 2020.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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