Wonder Woman 1984 Producer Describes Movie as a Standalone Film
Sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots. There are a lot of ways to continue a franchise, but Wonder Woman 1984 is none of these. Sure, it is a follow up to the hugely popular introduction of Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) and will feature the same stars, but the studio is apparently treating it as a standalone film.
The next film starring the Amazonian superhero will pick up 66 years after the first, but 35 years before present day. Obviously, the action won’t be an immediate continuation of the previous movie or lead directly into Justice League. In that respect, it is on its own timeline.
Wonder Woman 1984 producer Charles Roven commented to Vulture that the plot is too disconnected from any other existing films to call it a true sequel.
“She was just determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel. 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.”
We should probably take this at face value and accept that WW1984 won’t be closely related to any other DCEU films. However, Roven does phrase the comment in an interesting way. “Next iteration” and “different time frame” allude to a reinvention of Diana.
It makes sense that she would be much more world-weary and possibly even cynical after living among humans for nearly 7 decades. She’s also lost people she’s truly loved. And yet, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is returning. How did he make the jump following his tragic death in Wonder Woman? Is this a completely alternate timeline?
Not likely. The most logical explanation is that this is a completely independent story from the first film and doesn’t rely on the previous plot. Other than the establishment of character, Diana will be embarking on an entirely new adventure. Hopefully with a fully resurrected Steve.
Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters in June 2020.
Featured Image: GAL GADOT as Diana Prince in the action adventure “WONDER WOMAN 1984,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Clay Enos/ ™ & © DC Comics