Wonder Woman 1984 will only be Wonder Woman 2 in the way that Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom is Indiana Jones 2, in that not many people really think of it as a typical sequel. At least, that seems to be what returning director Patty Jenkins is going for with Diana Prince’s next big screen adventure.
Wonder Woman 1984 producer Charles Roven has been talking to Vulture, and he told them that the team behind the upcoming sequel would like to avoid labelling it like that for the most part.
“[Jenkins] was just determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel,” Roven confirmed in the new interview. “And she’s definitely delivering on that. It’s a completely different time frame and you’ll get a sense of what Diana-slash–Wonder Woman had been doing in the intervening years. But it’s a completely different story that we’re telling. Even though it’ll have a lot of the same emotional things, a lot of humor, a lot of brave action. Tugs at the heart strings as well.”
The site admits that Jenkins didn’t directly comment on Roven’s remarks, as she’s too busy on post-production for Wonder Woman 1984 in London, but they claim that sources have revealed that it is indeed “a stand-alone film in the same way that Indiana Jones or James Bond films are, instead of one continuous story that requires many installments.”
This is intriguing for a couple of reasons. It feels like it’s directly in line with Warner Bros’ plan for the DCEU to have fewer connections between its DC films going forward, but it may also give us further insight into the return of Chris Pine’s character, which has been part of the official preview material from the start of filming. Jenkins stated back in January that Steve ‘not dead actually’ Trevor’s return in the upcoming sequel – sorry sorry, stand-alone film – was “incredibly important to the story” and that “it makes perfect sense” given the tale she wants to tell when we catch up with Wonder Woman in the 1980s.
Wonder Woman 1984 will once again star Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, alongside Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen. New cast members include Kristen Wiig as Barbara Ann Minerva aka Cheetah and Pedro Pascal. The film is set to be released on June 5, 2020 now, having been pushed back from its former late-2019 slot.