Wonder Woman 2’s supporting cast
The film is out November 1, 2019, but who will be in it?
As Wonder Woman took place during World War I, the big question for the sequel was, with it almost certainly taking place decades later, who would replace her mortal allies?
Steve Trevor bit the bullet in the first film, which made sense as it meant director Patty Jenkins didn’t have to spend further time on the end of his relationship with Diana, long before Batman v Superman.
One possible new partner for Diana would be Thomas Tresser (codename Nemesis), a US government operative whom she dated during writer Gail Simone’s run on the comic from 2008 to 2010. He’d make sense, but he’s also arguably too similar to Steve. There’s also Trevor Barnes, who debuted during Phil Jimenez’s run in 2001. A humanitarian working for the UN, this Trevor is so different from the old one that it would bring a unique and fresh dynamic.
Etta Candy, who was played by Lucy Davis in the movie, is Diana’s oldest and most steadfast ally in the comics. If the sequel takes place say, just a couple of decades later, she could come back, but if it takes place after Justice League, then it would be impossible.
However, the film based Candy on the original portly version from the comics: she is now depicted in them as an African-American military commander, which means it could be possible to bring in a new version of the character, perhaps as the first version’s granddaughter.
However, Wonder Woman does possess other supporting characters who could transfer to film. There’s Julia Kapatelis, a Greek archaeologist who, in George Perez’s 1987 take on the origin story, helped Diana learn English. As the film version of Diana works at the Louvre, it would be logical for them to become friends. Julia is also the mentor of Helena Sandsmark, who is the mother of Cassie Sandsmark, aka…
There have been two Wonder Girls in DC Comics: the first was Donna Troy, a girl whom Wonder Woman rescued from a burning building and whom she took to be raised on Themyscira. Donna’s back-story has been changed multiple times (don’t look them up, you’ll only hurt yourself), but that was the original and the one that would work best on film.
Cassie is the second and current Wonder Girl. Cassie’s father in the comic was originally Zeus, but then his identity was changed to Lennox, one of the god’s illegitimate children, making Cassie Diana’s secret niece, and what a wonderful relationship that could be.
Where are the gods, anyway?
The film stated all the Greek gods died centuries ago defeating Ares, but seriously, they’re gods, even a dead god can dream. It made sense to write out the other gods in Diana’s first cinematic foray, but they now have a chance to bring them in, and all of them are fascinating characters whose relationships with Diana differ dramatically.
Take Apollo, who is sometimes a sleazy and ruthless character in the DC Universe, or Hera, who takes out her anger at her husband’s infidelity by tormenting his lovers and children in comics and ancient mythology. And let’s not forget Ares’s two sons, Phobos (fear) and Deimos (terror).
Those gods could all be worthy adversaries, but fans are clamouring for Cheetah, who is Wonder Woman’s nemesis. Originally archaeologist Dr. Barbara Minerva (sensing a trend here), the Cheetah is a bloodthirsty beast borne of a ritual she undertook while trying to uncover the secrets of a cheetah goddess. However, Minerva could be Diana’s friend and ally throughout an entire film, similar to Two-Face in The Dark Knight, making her inevitable transformation truly heartbreaking and disturbing.
What’s for certain is we’ll see Connie Nielsen back as Queen Hippolyta, having already reprised the role in Justice League, but what about Artemis and Philippus, her closest allies, respectively played by Ann Wolfe and Ann Ogbomo in the first film? Will they join her in Man’s World? It would be fun this time to have Diana playing guide to another fish-out-of-water warrior.
What do you think? What allies and enemies do you want to see in Wonder Woman 2? Please do comment!