It was recently announced that actor Chris Pine has signed on to play the character Steve Trevor for the DC Extended Universe’s 2017 Wonder Woman film. Before this official announcement, it had been rumored that Pine was going to play the character, but then another rumor surfaced stating that this was a smokescreen and Pine was being offered the role of the Green Lantern, Hal Jordan. Then it was rumored that Pine had the option of picking either Steve Trevor or Hal, and as fans asked in their Yzma voices “Which one, which one?” we finally got the answer.
I’m a big fan of Pine’s and I believe that he’ll make a great Steve Trevor. If you’re not familiar with his acting resume, please read my 7 Under the Radar Chris Pine Films You Need to See post, as an introductory course. Now that fans know who Pine's playing, more speculation can begin as to what the DCEU’s version of Steve Trevor will be like.
Who Is Steve Trevor?
Steve Trevor is Wonder Woman’s primary love interest, and first appeared in All Star Comics #8 back in December 1941/January 1942. He was originally introduced by Wonder Woman’s creator William Moulton Marston as a U.S. military intelligence officer who became stranded on Wonder Woman’s homeland Paradise Island.
Though he was a military man, the storylines featuring Steve and Wonder Woman involved inversions of the damsel in distress trope where Steve was rescued by Wonder Woman.
During the '70s and up to the '90s, his character was either sidelined or absent altogether from the storylines which favored more fantasy and action-adventure stories for Wonder Woman in lieu of any romantic interests.
Current portrayals, particularly in the New 52, involve him being a senior government agent and super spy who is the United States' liaison to the Justice League due to his close connection to Wonder Woman. In 2013, Steve became a member of the new incarnation of the Justice League of America.
Keeping the character’s comic book history in mind and thinking about his appearances in other media, fans want to know the following:
How will Steve Trevor be portrayed in the DCEU?
To answer this, we need to look at what we know about the Wonder Woman film, which honestly isn’t much. What we do know is that Pine has signed on for a multi-picture deal, so that means the character is set to appear in more than one film. What we don’t know for sure yet is when the Wonder Woman film takes place. It’s also been rumored that the film will be a period piece set during the Crimean War in the 1850s, set during the 1920s, or during World War II, but nothing’s been set in stone yet.
With these tidbits of information, we can attempt to deduce how Steve will be portrayed. Here are three routes that character can take.
1. Chris Pine could play two versions of the character
You read that right, there could be two Steves. Hear me out on this. If Trevor’s first appearance in the DCEU is set during one of the time periods mentioned previously, he could still appear in modern times. In the Wonder Woman television series, there were two Steve Trevors: father and son. Both of these characters were played by the same actor, Lyle Waggoner. On the show, both Trevors worked and fought alongside Wonder Woman.
Steve Trevor, Sr. appeared during the first season of the show which was set during the 1940s where he and Wonder Woman fought the Nazis. Seasons 2 and 3 were set during present day (the '70s) and Trevor’s son, Steve Trevor, Jr., appeared. He and his new associate Diana Prince a.k.a. Wonder Woman worked together and had a secretary named Beverly Ryan who assisted them.
In the upcoming film, Pine could first appear as the DCEU’s version of Steve Trevor, Sr. and in accordance with his multi-picture deal, he could appear in future films as Steve Trevor, Jr.
2. Steve Trevor could appear in flashbacks
Similar to Hayley Atwell’s Agent Peggy Carter, Pine could appear in multiple Wonder Woman films in flashback sequences. One of the most likely reasons Pine chose Trevor over Hal Jordan is it won’t be as time consuming and he’ll be able to have more freedom in the movies he chooses to do in the future.
And if Trevor should appear in modern times, Pine could play an older version of the character, similar to Peggy Carter’s appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the Justice League three part episode “The Savage Time,” Trevor is a secret agent for the Allies during World War II. Having gone back in time with the league to prevent Vandal Savage from changing history in favor of the Axis powers, Wonder Woman rescues Trevor from a plane crash and the two form a flirtatious relationship that remains a friendship in the present day where Trevor is an elderly man.
3. Government liaison?
Now if the Wonder Woman film is set in the present day, Steve Trevor could appear as the U.S. government’s liaison to Diana during her stay in Washington D.C. In the comics, after Flashpoint has occurred, history has been altered. When Wonder Woman makes her first appearance in man’s world, Trevor attempts to convince Amanda Waller that Diana and her people are not a threat to international security.
In addition to being the U.S. government liaison, Trevor later becomes head of the newly formed Advanced Research Group for Uniting Super-Humans a.k.a. A.R.G.U.S. as well as the U.N.’s liaison to the newly formed Justice League. The DCEU’s version of the character could take on a similar role.
As we continue to countdown the days, weeks, months, and years to the Wonder Woman film, speculation as to how Steve Trevor will appear onscreen will continue. Speculation and pondering aside, I know the character is in good hands and I look forward to Chris Pine’s take on the character.