Next year, Chris Pine is set to make his DCEU debut in the solo Wonder Woman film. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster), Pine will play Steve Trevor in the film, a WWI soldier who washes onto the shores of Diana’s (Gal Gadot) home island and forges a strong relationship with the Amazonian Princess when she journeys back to the world of men with him. Judging by the SDCC trailer released earlier this year, it seems like the relationship between the two characters will be one of the film’s primary focuses.
Before he was cast as Steve Trevor, Pine was heavily rumored to be playing a number of other DCEU roles onscreen, with the most notable being Hal Jordan in DC’s Green Lantern Corps film. After he was cast in Wonder Woman however, reports came out saying the film would be taking place during several different time periods, leading some fans to wonder if Pine would then be playing multiple versions of Steve Trevor, a rumor he seems to have finally laid to rest.
While speaking with The Huffington Post, Pine was asked whether or not he would be playing multiple roles in the film or in the DCEU as a whole, to which the actor succinctly responded with, “No.” When asked later on by the publication about what fans can expect from his role in Wonder Woman, Pine teased:
“It was fun to fall in love with Gal Gadot. It was fun to do some comedy. It was fun to do some action. The part kind of asked for a little bit of all of it, so it was a good time.
I think what’s really fun and exciting about it … different about it, actually, is that there’s a nice love story at the center of an action film, and I don’t think you see that often in these kinds of films.”
While many fans still believe that Pine would have made a fine Hal Jordan in the new DC films, his primary role it seems will instead be to help bring one of the most notable standalone superhero films in history to life onscreen, and not in multiple different forms either. Pine brings up an interesting point about superhero movies here though, and it does seem like the relationship between Steve and Diana will be one of the few straightforward romances that fans have seen in the comic book genre yet.
For a film that has to meet some incredibly high expectations as well — with it being the first standalone female superhero movie in history — for the filmmakers behind Wonder Woman to choose not to conform to the tired and worn out “cold and strong” female movie tropes here is an exciting decision. Jenkins herself has even teased the film’s loving take on the character previously — something evidenced further in its poster — and it should be a nice change of pace for the fans to see. After all, it’s not everyday that a beloved female character like Diana is brought to life onscreen with not only just as much ferocity and strength as she’s had in the comics and other adaptations, but also with a strong sense of love and vulnerability as well.
Wonder Woman opens on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, the Batman solo movie and Man of Steel 2 are currently without release dates.