Wonder Woman 1984 might be the follow-up to Patty Jenkin’s groundbreaking Wonder Woman movie, but it turns out that the upcoming DC Extended Universe won’t actually be a sequel. The upcoming Wonder Woman movie is going to be entirely different from the first, so much so that one of the project’s producer insists that it won’t feel like a sequel to the original.
Speaking in an interview with Vulture, DC producer Charles Roven reveals that there’s a big reason why Jenkins decided to name her next project Wonder Woman 1984 instead of naming it Wonder Woman 2. Though the new film will have the same emotional charge and humor as the first Wonder Woman movie, the producer insists that the story is going to be much different.
"She was just determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel," Roven told the entertainment news outlet, "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 heartstrings as well."
Though Vulture wasn’t able to get Jenkins to comment on Roven’s little reveal, they did manage to get a few words from another source involved in the project. According to this source, the Wonder Woman 1984 is a standalone film in the same way that Indiana Jones and Bond films usually are – instead of having one continues story that requires many installments, the film tells a story that stands on its own.
This is probably a better method for the DCEU. Leave universe building to Marvel and just focus on creating good films.
Wonder Woman 1984 premieres June 5, 2020.