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Wonder Woman 1984: Problems With Steve Trevor’s Return To 1984

The rotten tomatoes score of Wonder Woman 1984 started with a 90% fresh rating. But it fell to 59%. This was a major proof for how the film did not impress everyone. Some fans did like it, but most of the fans have been extremely disappointed. Why is that? Well, it’s because Wonder Woman 1984 was full of moments that made no sense. In the past, we made a video on how the film was completely devoid of logic. But, let’s get a little deeper into the film, and talk about Steve Trevor’s return in particular.

Wonder Woman 1984 Steve Trevor

This was the most anticipated element of the film. He sacrificed himself in the first Wonder Woman movie. But ever since Patty Jenkins revealed that he is set to return, people were extremely happy about it. Chris Pine is the main reason for that. He was brilliant in the first film. And he was pretty solid in 1984 as well. But, there were plenty of problems with Steve Trevor’s return from the dead. The flaws range from minor plot holes to morally unethical problems. So, let’s look into all those:

Steve Took Over Someone’s Life


The magical Dreamstone was the biggest McGuffin in the entire film. But there were a lot of loopholes with the Dreamstone itself. We saw how it magically materialized things. A massive wall was created in Cairo. America suddenly got more Nukes out of thin air. But for some reason when Diana wished for Steve to return, his consciousness was transferred into another man’s body. Why was that the case though? If there was a specific reason for this, the film could have explained it better.

Patty Jenkins inspired this move from Tom Hanks’ film called Big. But in that movie, Hanks’ character was a 13-year-old boy who wished to grow up. So, his body grew overnight. This maneuver doesn’t fit with Wonder Woman 1984’s body swap at all. Steve took over another human being’s body. But what happened to that person’s consciousness? Didn’t he have a life or a family to get to? All these questions were never even addressed.


Instead, Diana and Steve slept with each other using this random person’s body. Furthermore, Diana actually tried to save Steve at the expense of this innocent person. The moral ramifications of Steve’s return in someone else’s body are endless! It’s clear that the creatives of Wonder Woman 1984 did not fully think this through. And on top of that, the character didn’t even get a name. Kristopher Polaha played the guy, and his character is actually referred to as “Handsome Man.” That’s it! No name, no identity. He only served the purpose of being a handsome man!

The Pilot

Problems With Steve Trevor’s Return

This film had too many things happening just for the sake of it. Out of nowhere, Diana just learned to make things invisible. That’s how we got an Invisible Jet in the 80s. But what didn’t make sense in this scene was Steve’s capability of flying an 80s era fighter jet. He was a pilot during World War 1. But, the functionality of a modern jet was totally different from the ones he flew almost 7 decades ago. So, he shouldn’t have been able to fly the jet at all!

Timeline Plot Hole

Now, this point is a little extreme. But, it’s totally valid. Steve was from the early 1900s era. He died in 1918. Then, after his return in 1984, he used the word “Lame” in one of his dialogues. Lame was first used in 1959. So, he really shouldn’t have had any knowledge of this word. This is a plot hole, but it isn’t as big of a deal.

Insufficient screen time.

Because Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor was so great, we wished for a little more time with him. He steps in exactly at 45 minutes of the film’s run time and leaves after 70 more minutes have passed. All in all, his screen time just wasn’t enough because the film was over 150 minutes long.

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Vansh Mehra

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