Steve Trevor has been one of the most important characters in Wonder Woman’s supporting cast, and it will be no different for her solo movie. Primarily known as the Amazon heroine’s love interest, it was reported several months ago that Star Trek star Chris Pine will be playing Steve in the 2017 blockbuster. Now Pine has not only confirmed his involvement, but explained what he’s looking forward to most about his role in Wonder Woman.

While talking with French website Premiere.fr (translated via Batman-News), Pine stated that he’s eager to be working alongside one of the strongest female superheroines in pop culture. As the actor (roughly) put it:
What excites me most is to work in a movie with a superhero woman. With a woman in the lead role. I am teamed with this intelligent, beautiful and strong woman to defeat the villains and save humanity.

Pine reportedly turned down playing Green Lantern Hal Jordan for 2020’s Green Lantern Corps in favor of Steve Trevor, and it sounds like he’s comfortable with that decision. While we may see a few scenes of him as the "dude in distress" (turning the tables on what’s normally seen in superhero movies), Pine’s Trevor will be directly involved in the action. Of course, being the skilled military man that he is, Trevor will be able to assist in his own ways, though when it comes to fighting mythological monsters and evildoers, he should probably stay on the sidelines and let Diana take care of them.

Steve Trevor has existed in the comics for just as long as Wonder Woman has, both making their first appearance in 1941’s All Star Comics #8. Trevor met the Amazon warrior when he crash-landed on Themyscira, and after nursing him back to health, Diana joined him in the outside world. He’s appeared more prominently in the New 52 as the commander of the government agency A.R.G.U.S. (think of them as DC’s S.H.I.E.L.D.), but it’s unclear in what government/military capacity Pine’s Steve will serve in. However, since Chris Pine signed a multi-picture deal, we’ll likely be seeing plenty of Trevor in the DC Extended Universe, whether that’s in Wonder Woman sequels or one of the Justice League movies.

Outside of the comics, his most notable appearance is Lyle Waggoner playing both Steve Trevor Sr. and Jr. in the 1970s Wonder Woman TV series, as well as appearances in several animated series. So far, Trevor is the only character besides Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman herself who is confirmed to appear in the movie, though there are rumors that Circe and Ares will be the main antagonists.

Directed by Patty Jenkins and written by Jason Fuchs, Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 23, 2017.

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