Chris Pine played Steve Trevor in first Wonder Woman, but after sitting out the next 1,982 sequels, he is set to reprise his role in Wonder Woman 1984. While talking with Robin Wright in a Variety piece, he commented on his role in the series and how Steve Trevor works in the 80s.
“I found this time, the tables had turned on me as a man, in terms of how I interacted and played on the screen. I loved, as the character, my woman. My partner. She’s my partner. So that came to define this man. What a wonderful thing, as a character, to be in love. As a man on screen in a big film, it was interesting because my ego comes out: “Well, I want the big f–king fight. Let me climb something.” And Patty’s like, “ No, not about you.” She said “not about you” more times making this film.“
It still doesn’t explain how the character is back several decades after he died, but we probably won’t find that out until the movie actually comes out. But his character journey is refreshing to hear. This is why it was the right call to have Wonder Woman 1984 co-written and directed by a woman. Trevor is a supporting character. He needs to support, not overshadow. When Pine portrays Captain Kirk, he gets the big fight scenes on the edge of ship, plummeting aliens to their death. But when he is the “supporting love interest,” he has to let the protagonist shine. That is a tired old trope when the female is the “supporting love interest.” But for Jenkins to flip that on its head will offer a social commentary that needs to be discussed.
Just take the No Man’s Land sequence in the first movie. Not only is it brilliantly named, but it works because the movie sheds the notion of the “male soldier knows best and the female is out of place here.” Diana climbing that ladder is a big middle finger to everyone who doubted the success of the character on screen. It sounds like that will continue throughout the sequel, and that is wonderful news.
It is also refreshing to hear Pine be so candid about what he thought, instead of playing it off like he was always okay with it. Because of his willingness to buy into Jenkins’ vision, Steve Trevor will be one of the most memorable supporting human characters in the DC Universe. (Even if he is brought back by a God to tempt Diana or is really Martian Manhunter in disguise to win the trust of Diana, which I desperately want but think it is the former…)
Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters June 5 2020.
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