Even before they had the idea to create a great big interconnected universe of movies, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have been trying to crack the “Wonder Woman code.” It’s been start and stop for a long time at the studio as they’ve tried to develop a big screen Wonder Woman movie with a long line of various writers and directors each trying to do what shouldn’t be that impossible: make a gosh darn Wonder Woman movie! Well, here’s a positive sign. It seems like Gal Gadot now has a male lead and co-star for her first solo Wonder Woman adventure. Get ready Chris Pine, you’re about to beam up to Paradise Island. (Or possibly crash-land.)
According to The Wrap, Pine is indeed the new Steve Trevor, a part played by Lyle Waggoner on the 70s Wonder Woman series, Justin Bruening in the failed Wonder Woman pilot starring Adrianne Palicki, and voiced by Nathan Fillion in the DC Animated Universe film also called Wonder Woman. Pine, best-known as Captain Kirk in the rebooted Star Trek film series, is a highly sought after leading man, and easily the biggest name yet to be associated with the put-upon role of Wonder Woman’s classic romantic interest.
And that raises an interesting question, which version of Trevor is Pine going to play? In the Golden Age, Trevor was an American pilot who crash-landed on Paradise Island and was nursed back to health by Princess Diana, who accompanies him back to “man’s world” to fight evil amongst we mere mortals. In this iteration, Trevor was frequently cast as the “gentleman in distress,” an interesting direction to go considering all the talk about male dominance in big screen superheroism. Still, in recent years, Trevor’s been more an ally than romantic interest to Wonder Woman, and in the New 52 continuity, he plays a part in the formation of A.R.G.U.S. and is the U.N.’s liaison to the Justice League.
Still, Pine taking up the part of Trevor means that he’s unlikely to play Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern reboot (or is that Green Lantern Corps?) coming up in 2020. It’s worth nothing though that this hasn’t been confirmed from the studio’s end, so Pine may yet not be cast as Trevor, or recast in a different DC movie part. TheWrap‘s source believes strongly though that this is a done deal, and good thing too. They’ll have to start principal photography on the film soon.
Wonder Woman is in theaters everywhere on June 24, 2017.