Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 1984 didn't have an official presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but when news about that this past summer, the blow was cushioned by a very cool reveal. The first ever poster for the film was released, and it surprised audiences not only by being audaciously colorful, but also by debuting a brand new costume for Gal Gadot's titular character. Now it's six months later, and thanks to the first trailer for the upcoming blockbuster, we now know that the previous unveiling was only a fraction of the awesomeness.
Trailers for highly anticipated movies often end with some sort of massive moment, and in the case of Wonder Woman 1984 we have a sneak peek at Wonder Woman's Golden Eagle Armor from the comics. In addition to featuring a gold breastplate, as seen in the previously released artwork, the look is completed with both a set of massive wings, and an eagle-shaped helmet. It's most definitely a very different look for the heroine, who we saw in the last movie sporting a costume much more sleek and far less cumbersome.
The original design of the Golden Eagle Armor is from the beloved DC Elseworlds story "Kingdom Come," written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Alex Ross. Without getting to deep into the details, the story follows original Justice League members as they come out of retirement to face a crisis, and among this group is Diana Prince. At this point, you've probably guessed that the events wind up seeing her wear a new specialized armor, namely the one we see below:
Based on its brief appearance in the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer, we aren't aware of the armor's full functionality at this stage, but we can guess a few things. For starters, we have to assume that those wings aren't simply ornamental, and instead actually give her the ability to fly. While I'm pretty sure they would also be useful to beat down enemies, they wouldn't make a great deal of sense if they were only there for that purpose (plus it wouldn't make a ton of sense that she could "dissolve" them in the way that she does)
We're not counting out the possibility at this point that the armor is also somehow enchanted (she must have gotten it from Themyscira, right?), but all of our questions about the new Wonder Woman get-up will have to wait until we get to see more footage from the finished film.
For what it's worth, it's great thing that the Golden Eagle armor looks as incredible as it does in Wonder Woman 1984, because apparently it's wasn't exactly an extreme joy for Gal Gadot to wear the outfit on set. While Diana might not have experience any issues wearing the get-up in the film, it was apparently a bit of a struggle for the actress to wear it during the production.
Gal Gadot was asked about the new golden armor while on stage at CCXP prior to the global launch of the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer, and when describing her first opportunity to wear the costume, she said,
It's complicated, because I felt great looking in the mirror, but the way it feels when you actually wear it, I gotta tell you, it's a whole different story. The costume looks amazing, but they don't, they're not comfortable.But it's worth it!
Gal Gadot is hardly the first star to express antipathy towards wearing burden-some superhero outfits, and it's definitely a personal sacrifice that actors perform in the effort of making these movies as good as possible while honoring the source material. Costume designers do everything in their power to try and make things as easy as possible, and, frankly, armor is always going to be at least a little heavy if it's going to look authentic. The key is to make sure that the uncomfortability doesn't come across in the finished film.
Sadly we still have a good amount of time to wait before we actually get to see Wonder Woman 1984 in its finished form, as the film isn't set for release around the globe until June 2020. In the meantime, though, be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for all of the latest updates abut the blockbuster, which will surely eventually include more footage featuring the brand new Golden Eagle armor.