The World War I setting was a big part of the success of the first “Wonder Woman” film, putting the story in 1918 allowed filmmaker Patty Jenkins and her crew to really explore old fashioned heroism in one of mankind’s darkest hours.
The upcoming sequel however shifts to a whole different time, 1984, which was at the height of the ‘greed is good’ era along with the second wave of the Cold War. Nevertheless it’s important enough to the story that it’s included in the title.
Speaking to Deadline’s Crew Call Podcast this past week, Jenkins was asked why she chose that particular year for the film’s setting and title – beyond the obvious George Orwell reference:
“All I can say is that 1984 itself is definitely very evocative to what’s important in that movie and resonates with right now. I picked 1984 for a very specific reason. I think it was the pinnacle of the success in the ‘80s, in my opinion, because it’s before the market started to get a little more struggling as the ’80s went on. And it was like the top of the top. It was such an incredible time. I feel like there’s something about the excess of that period of time, which is so linked up to where we are in the world right now, that it’s set there for a reason. That’s all I can say.”
Gal Gadot and Chris Pine return for the film which will also star Kristen Wiig as Cheetah. “Wonder Woman 1984” was originally slated to open November 2019 and has since been pushed to June 5th 2020.