Good news, genealogy fans: Chris Pine has confidently announced that he is not his own grandfather.
In Wonder Woman, that is. The actor’s real life family tree is his own business.
Following the circulation of rumors that Pine would have a longer-term role in the DC comics movie universe, Pine announced that no, he’s just playing a World War I soldier—there won’t be any strong family resemblance echoing throughout the generation as has been seen in other films (We’re looking at you, Dracula Untold).
This is significant, as Wonder Woman reportedly takes place over three distinct time periods, meaning that Pine’s role in the film is limited to just one segment.
Pine will be playing Steve Trevor, a love interest of Wonder Woman’s, who has a significant role in the comics, but who, it seems, is going to be little more than a sexy wartime pitstop for the Amazon in the DCEU.
All of this does suggest that Wonder Woman is going to be uncannily familiar to anyone in the audience who still vaguely remembers Captain America: The First Avenger.
After all, it’s a period movie set during a World War, during which a superhero has a fling with an ordinary soldier, before the story leaps forward to a new time period.
This suggests that Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor aren’t going to have a lot of time to spend together. As a prediction, either Chris Pine’s character is going to get very well acquainted with some German bullets, or he’s going to show up at the end of the movie in a wrinkle suit, like Hayley Atwell in Winter Soldier.
When asked about his role in the movie, Chris Pine was oddly proud of the fact that he plays a love interest:
“I think what’s really fun and exciting about it ... different about it, actually, is that there’s a nice love story at the center of an action film, and I don’t think you see that often in these kinds of films.”
Sure, Chris, whatever you say. Wonder Woman is the first action movie in the history of film to have a romantic subplot.
Except for all of them.
There is a danger that, as the years at the helm of the USS Enterprise start to get to him, Pine might find himself morphing into a younger, thinner version of William Shatner. Maybe there’s something about playing Captain Kirk that makes a guy think he’s the center of the universe.
It’s likely that Pine thinks that Wonder Woman is the first action movie to feature romance simply because, for once, the sexy romantic side character is the man.
It’s a little odd if this is the first time Chris has noticed the romance in an action movie, though, as if he only reads his own dialogue when going through a script.
That certainly sounds like a very Shatner thing to do.
Let’s just all keep a closer eye on Chris Pine. If he makes moves to release a spoken word album, we might need to start worrying.