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‘Wonder Woman’ PRE-REVIEW: Steve Trevor’s First Movie…and Death?
June 2, 2017 By Brett Jett
Unlike a review, this is a PRE review. Obviously we haven’t seen the actual movie yet. But just based on the trailers and some news bits I’ve read, I’m gonna make an assessment on specifically Zack Snyder’s Steve Trevor character, who happens to be the most important (besides Diana) character to me within the mythos. And in case you don’t know, I’m a connoisseur of the original WW concept, so that’s the basis from which I assess all WW incarnations. And I must say…WW has gotten MUCH more interesting in mainstream these days, ever since her Renaissance Era began!
Apparently Hollywood has gone with a white, instead of Asian, actor to play Steve Trevor. Chris Pine…would not have been my first choice. I don’t readily see the Steve Trevor in him like I see WW in Gadot. I only know Chris from the Star Trek movies and he barely does a sufficient job in the Capt Kirk role. However, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt for now. Only because there’s “mystical” element here…Like the many [spiritual] synchronicities surrounding this upcoming movie, Chris’s name alludes to the character he plays. Think about it. Chris PINE….and what does Steve Trevor do with WW?….he admires her. OK, admiring isn’t quite the same as pining, but its close enough to call it a synchronicity! Gal Gadot’s name fits with the WW mythos too. I explain this further in a separate article, so look for it!
Zack Snyder & Pine say that the Steve he’s playing is a roguish spy guy who’s quite the diametric of Diana who is still naïve and pure. He’s street smart, but battle jaded with this crappy world we live in. Wonder Gal may be over 5 thousand years old, but she might as well be a young maiden, as this is her first time going beyond the protective confines of her commune, er, island.
Again, I give praise to Zack for getting it right! THIS is how Steve should be ACCURATELY portrayed! Unlike the sad depictions of writers past who present a squeaky clean military man. Not sure how those writers came to that conclusion. Think about it folks….Steve works in the intelligence department. It takes a lot of dedication to risk your life as a military spy. You see a lot of horrific things. So of course you’d end up like a Han Solo type. Altho with Steve, since he had a sister, he’s more charming and can better maneuver his relationships with women…psychologically speaking.
I’ve said it before…There’s no such thing as equality with the genders….Men & woman aren’t rivals, they’re complements! Steve is smooth, in control, and has guile because he knows what’s at stake….Diana is bluntly straightforward because she’s still naïve. He is the riverbank to her raging torrent. He’s the Orion to her Artemis. The mortal meets the demigoddess. The seasoned rogue and the virgin Diana.
Remember what I said in my old article about Steve & Diana being designed by Dr. Marston to complement each other? Zack seems to understand this fundamental fact. While Joss Whedon was accurate in imagining Steve teaching Diana the realities of the world, his mistake was making it one sided. Because Diana is there also to give him hope, relief from his battle-weary mind.
Stamp of approval
You all know I approve of Gadot as WW. And Chris Pine?….well, not as much as I do Gadot, but he does have my stamp of approval! Pine will do a FAR better job than Justin Bruening (the worse Steve Trevor ever!). We shall see how well he portrays all the core qualities of this character who is the one man worthy of Diana. But otherwise, as of this writing, I’ve seen Chris Pine appearing in various female oriented ads. Apparently the women like him.
People….I know why they codenamed this movie “Nightingale” during production. It alludes to the way Diana originally fell in love with him in the comics…the Nightingale Effect! This shows that Zack has written a detailed relationship between those two. Should be interesting! And you know I’ll be picking it apart, identifying the elements of their social dynamics.
Name history and other Easter Egg allusions
Another historical tid bit about the Steve Trevor character: He was actually the first person in Man’s World to call Diana a “wonder woman”. But he meant it as a noun to describe her, not a name…then the in-story media then made it a name, capitalized “W”. For a name, he called her “Angel”…which alludes to the type of figure Dr. Marston designed WW to be…a guardian angel (just as Superman is a messiah figure). But more on that in another upcoming article. But the word “wonder woman” was used more often during this World War 1 era. Pretty convenient!
So we all saw how Superman’s name came to be in the MAN OF STEEL movie. Will we see how it comes about for Diana? I sure hope so! That’d be a TREAT! I want Easter eggs and allusions galore in this WW movie! And so far I think we will get it, considering who Zack is.
Zack also knows how to save grace….There’s a stigma surrounding the world of William Marston where men are said to be more deceptive than women. That’s certainly the case between Steve & Diana, BUT…..its because he’s a spy. That’s always been the case. I’m just glad Zack highlights that fact.
Steve Trevor = William Moulton Marston?
You know, aside from the archetypal elements, I’ve long suspected that Dr. Marston created this character from an idealized version of himself! Just look at the similarities…the blond hair, the Army intelligence role, the love of a wonder woman, etc, minus the potbelly. The only reason why I don’t state this as a fact is because in my research days I had not found enough concrete evidence to support this suspicion.
But I gotta say, these days, more & more I’m suspecting that to be the actual case!
What I hate is that some fans call Steve Trevor the model of the enlightened man?! Why? Just because he respects a stronger woman??!?
For those of you fans who’ve been saying this, yo need to realize how insulting that is for men. By saying that, its implying that the ONLY way a man is considered enlightened is if he defers to women. You’re also saying that a man respecting a stronger woman is not the norm, which means you’re saying regular guys disrespect stronger women on a regular basis. Oh please. Get over it, kids!
Premonition of Death
Lastly, I’m not sure if this will turn out to be a spoiler, but I must confess a weird feeling I been having since last year. Its that the mysterious reason why Diana turns her back on Man’s World involves the shocking event of Steve Trevor being killed…maybe even by her accidentally.
I’ve since seen the movie recently. Turns out my prediction came true. And THAT was an emotional climax for me and my family, becuz in months past I told everyone about my prediction. I was in tears in the moments prior to finally witnessing it happen! Kudos to the writers for putting this event in the movie. Also a tiny shocker to me was when one of the Amazons mentioned the word “scorpion”, which was what killed Orion in Greco/Roman myths. A sort of sly foreshadowing.
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