Aside from the Princess of Themyscira herself, the character who has gotten the most attention after Wonder Woman's release has been Steve Trevor. And despite the character almost not making it into the film's script, his importance in the final film - in which he is brought to life by Chris Pine - has certainly been felt by fans.
The film's director, Patty Jenkins, recently discussed how significant Steve ended up being to telling Diana's story in live-action, as part of the recently released book Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of The Film. Jenkins argued that while many male heroes have significant, complex love interests onscreen - such as Lois Lane and Iris West - the same can not always be said with female heroes.
"I feel like one of the most ironically sexist things that happened to women heroes for so long," Jenkins explained, "was that they had universal storytelling taken away from them. So, male superheroes could have Lois Lane. They can have love, they can have vulnerability, they can have complexity. But women superheroes or strong women characters had to be, 'I don’t need anyone, I’m the toughest person in the world.' That’s not fair to anybody. No human being is an island like that."
Steve Trevor first entered the world of DC Comics in December of 1941, just two months after the debut of Wonder Woman. With as significant of ties to the superheroine's comic mythos, the film adaptation needed the perfect actor to bring Steve to life. Jenkins also explained how Pine fit that role, and gave the character his complexity fans have grown to know in the comics.
"Chris Pine was a rare and special casting. We wanted a man who was a true parallel to Diana. A giant spirit who is the kind of man one aspires to be, but isn’t afraid to be complex and leave room for and even compliment another. He’s the kind of man women want to believe is out there. He’s also one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with."
Given the warm response Pine has received for his portrayal as Steve Trevor, could we see him reprise the role in a future DCEU project? If so, we have a few suggestions as to how that could happen.
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Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action-adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and is written by Allan Heinberg, Geoff Johns, and Zack Snyder. The film stars Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Robin Wright (General Antiope), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis (Etta Candy), Danny Huston, Ewen Bremmer, Doutzen Kroes, Samantha Jo (Euboea), Florence Kasumba (Senator Acantha), Said Taghmaoui, Eleanor Matsuura (Epione), Emily Carey (Young Diana), and Lisa Loven Kongsli (Menalippe).
Wonder Woman is in theaters now, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.