During Disney's Investor Day, Lucasfilm made some huge announcements about the future of the Star Wars Universe. They included new Disney+ TV shows Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic, both of which are expected to tie into The Mandalorian in some way (culminating in a television event).
Talking to ComicBook.com to promote the upcoming release of Wonder Woman 1984, Din Djarin actor Pedro Pascal expressed an interest in making sure his bounty hunter is part of those two shows.
"Man, fingers crossed. How could you not?" he said when asked if he has any interest in the two series. "This is like, this is something that's so much bigger than all of us, and we're all a passenger to it in a great way. And so, I find out as it is decided and shared."
In the same interview, Pascal was asked if he knew in advance that Patty Jenkins was set to take the helm of 2023's Rogue Squadron. "She told me something was coming and she didn't tell me what. How dare she not tell me?" he joked, before going on to praise the filmmaker.
"They could have asked me to play a piece of furniture. Charles Roven, the producer, I was working with at the time and he's a powerhouse of a man and has taken such good care of me. Then Patty, I'm a fan from the very, very first movie, to what she's done on TV, the first Wonder Woman movie and so, for an actor to get to work with her it doesn't get better, really. I mean it."
We don't know exactly when Rogue Squadron takes place, but how cool would it be to see Pascal make a brief cameo appearance as the Mandalorian in that movie? Time will tell how this all pans out.
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Wonder Woman 1984 global press conference!
5. Gal Gadot Had An Emotional Reaction To Watching The Movie
2017's Wonder Woman was a very special movie, and one that inspired a lot of female audience members. After all, it had been a long time since a non-male superhero had taken centre stage in a comic book adaptation! Gal Gadot acknowledged that she didn't see many "Wonder Woman-type characters" when she was growing up, and that made this sequel all the more emotional.
Talking about Wonder Woman 1984's opening sequence (which, as the trailers have revealed, features a young Diana Prince), she said: "I got so emotional...I felt like Gal, the 8-year-old, watching another 8-year-old doing something out of worldly and being so good at it. And she's doing it her way...I got emotional. I didn't have the opportunity to see all of these strong female characters, and seeing the way it affects my daughters, but, by the way, also boys and men, and all types of people."
"It's so powerful and strong and I feel very, very grateful that I have the opportunity to be a part of this," Gadot concluded, making it clear that this sequel resonated with her in a big way.
4. Playing Maxwell Lord Was A Challenge For Pedro Pascal
It's been a great couple of years for Pedro Pascal thanks to The Mandalorian, and Wonder Woman 1984 boasts another fantastic performance from the actor. Asked if any of his previous roles inspired his take on Maxwell Lord, the actor admitted that, for the most part, they didn't.
Instead, Pascal said that, "I had to use a lot of myself to do what Patty [Jenkins] wanted. The scariest thing about this movie for me, this experience, was to do something that's a lot closer to me, at least energetically, to expose desperation and to, instead of brood with a moustache, expose, expose, expose." Despite that, the actor acknowledged that it was a "thrilling" experience.
Lord isn't the sequel's only villain, of course, but we'll get to Cheetah a little later in this feature!
3. Practical Stunts Were A Priority For Wonder Woman 1984
As the title suggests, Wonder Woman 1984 is set in, well, 1984! That means Diana Prince and Steve Trevor find themselves in one of the most iconic decades, not that they knew it at the time.
That decade didn't just inspire the visuals, however, as practical stunts were also important for everyone involved. Explaining that "everything was super planned ahead" including "sets, locations, costumes, fight choreography, [and] the acting," Gal Gadot noted, "We wanted to have a minimum amount of CGI, so most of what you see is real people doing the real thing."
"The wire work that we do at the mall and for the fight with Cheetah, I don’t think it’s been done before," she continued. "People don’t do these types of wire-rigs anymore, they just do CGI. You can tell it’s the real deal; you can see by the facial expressions, the weight, the movement, the speed." Asked about Wonder Woman 3, all Gadot could say was, "I'm tired just thinking about it [Laughs]."
2. Kristen Wiig's Transformation Into Cheetah
It's no secret that Kristen Wiig's Dr. Barbara Minerva becomes Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984, but the actress went into the DC Comics sequel determined not to be the "typical mousy-girl turned villain" (a trope that two of the big screen versions of Catwoman have fallen victim to).
"What is it about her that makes her so lonely and invisible, and what does she really want?" the actress ponders. "She goes through three really big stages. The wardrobe and costumes really helped, working with Patty to figure out who she is at every stage."
Describing herself as a "superhero movie geek," Wiig described Wonder Woman 1984 as a project unlike anything she's worked on before, but credited Patty Jenkins for believing she could do it.
1. A New Spin On Steve Trevor
Chris Pine's Steve Trevor makes a surprise return in Wonder Woman 1984, and the actor knew going in that the World War I hero would be a fish out of water in the DC Comics sequel.
Revealing that it was harder than he expected to play a character who is seeing everything around him for the first time, the actor added that while he played the character here, "Everything became a moment for excitement or exploration or fear. Trying to figure out the logic of, ‘How would I engage with this object, or this experience, that I’ve never seen before?"
Pine was also asked whether any wacky 1980s outfits he tried on didn't make the final cut. "In terms of outfits, I don't know. There was a lot thrown at me! I was madly in love with a denim fanny pack that didn't make it in." To that, Patty Jenkins mentioned a denim cowboy hat, so here's hoping that makes it into the sequel's eventual deleted scenes on Blu-ray.