The second trailer for #WonderWoman has finally dropped, and boy was it worth the wait. After the first trailer introduced us to a young and naive Diana, the second trailer pushes the story forward, giving us a sense of why Diana decides to join the fight in WWI... and hinting that this tale has a tragic end.
Oh and it's also sweepingly spectacular, with glorious special effects, a dramatically poignant setting, and mysterious villainous figures. If you haven't already watched it ten times — and hell, even if you have — check it out again to see what you missed.
In true superhero movie fashion, this trailer is stuffed full of hints and Easter Eggs. So let's break them down and see what we find.
From The Desk Of Bruce Wayne
The trailer opens with Diana in modern day, as she walks into the Louvre art gallery in Paris. Inside, she examines that old picture of herself and Steve Trevor in WWI — the one she took such pains to erase from Lex Luthor's files in Batman v Superman.
This is the perfect point to flash back to her origin story, and it looks like Bruce Wayne may have pointed her towards the original photograph's location, as on the desk we can see a note with "WAYNE" printed clearly at the top.
Unfortunately, the letter is so out of focus we can't make out what Bruce is saying to Diana, but it's possible he's inviting her out for a coffee — earlier this year, set leaks from the Wonder Woman set revealed a present-day cameo from Bruce in the movie, and it looks like Diana might be telling her tale to him.
A Familiar Origin Story
Diana's origin story has been tweaked many times throughout the years. The Golden Age comics were pretty straightforward, with Diana joining WWII fight after falling in love with the marooned Steve Trevor. The Silver Age origin had Diana decide protect humanity because she's appointed as a champion by the Olympian gods.
Wonder Woman seems to be a combination of the Golden Age origin, and a version from the AU comic DC's Bombshells.
In this version, the Amazons are attacked by military forces (a dogfight in the skies above Themiscyra), and Steve is put on trial for Amazon deaths in this battle. Later, Diana rescues him and steals the Lasso of Truth, her gauntlets, and her tiara.
A lot of these elements are present in the Wonder Woman trailer — there's a battle on the beach, Steve is shown explaining himself in something resembling a court, and it looks like Diana is stealing her weapons, and her costume, in the dead of night.
This implies that the Amazons don't want to get involved in WWI, and Diana rebels in order to fulfill what she feels as her duty of protection.
A Mission Gone Wrong
But how did Steve Trevor wash up on Themiscyra's shores? It looks like he was on a mission to destroy some kind of chemical facility — these shots may come from later on in the trailer, but the smart money's on this aerial attack occurring just before Steve crashes in the ocean, explaining why he's being pursued by German forces.
Those black crosses on the planes' wings are German air force insignia, and putting these shots together with the exposition about the chemical weapons, it seems as though it was Steve's mission to attack this facility.
The Woman In The Mask
As we suspected, it looks like the woman in the mask is the obscure villain Doctor Poison, whose concoctions drive soldiers to disobey orders, instilling chaos in the ranks.
Her mask is reminiscent of Poison's mask in the comics, and she has a clear involvement in whatever bio-chemical warfare Steve Trevor is on a mission to prevent. This hearkens back to the terrifying realities of mustard gas in WWI, which was so vicious that it lead to gas being totally banned from subsequent wars.
Ares Pulls The Strings
But the woman in the mask probably isn't acting alone — the grand-master of this plan is probably Ares, the god of war himself and an old adversary of Wonder Woman.
It's been speculated for months that Ares was the villain of this tale, and the WWI setting is perfect for this, as Ares draws his power from human strife. Now it looks like we have some idea of his motive:
It seems as though Ares is persuading others (Doctor Poison?) to join his cause, tempting them with ideas of world domination. But from the comics, we know that's probably not his endgame — it's more likely that Ares wants to plunge Earth into a decades or centuries long war that will give him unlimited power.
Father Of The Gods
Ares might not be the only god to join the fray though. There's a lot of lightning in the end battle, which could imply Zeus — king of the Olympian gods, and possible father of Diana — will step in at the end of the movie. Though whether this is to help or hinder Diana remains to be seen, as Zeus is a tricky figure from Greek mythology, acting entirely in his own interests.
This lightning could also be part of some kind of superweapon that Ares and Doctor Poison are developing, possibly some way to quickly disseminate the gas.
We saw more of that party scene in this trailer, and it looks like Steve is also there, disguised as a German military officer. Check out the grey material and red trim on his coat — that's definitely not in line with the US uniforms, which were beige, brown and dark green.
It seems as though this is an undercover mission, probably to gather intel — and it might be that Diana's about to derail this mission when she encounters Ares, because Steve looks alarmed when Diana reaches for her sword.
Etta Candy's Fisticuffs
And finally, Etta's remark that she sometimes enjoyed a bit of "fisticuffs" wasn't just a little joke. In the Golden Age comics, Etta was a proper brawler — drawing power from eating a lot of candy (seriously), Etta often helped out Wonder Woman by laying into their foes, and she could give the Amazon warrior a run for her money.
With any luck, we'll get to see Etta engage in her famous fisticuffs in the 2017 movie!
Tell us in the comments: What was your favorite part of the Wonder Woman trailer?