Wonder Woman: 1984 Setting Was Chosen For a Very Specific Reason, Says Patty Jenkins
According to Wonder Woman 1984’s director Patty Jenkins, the film’s setting in 1984 was chosen for a very specific reason. The continuation of Diana Prince’s story is one fans have eagerly been waiting for since the first film exceeded DC, Warner Bros., and fans’ expectations back in 2017. The film broke box office records during its release, even becoming the highest-grossing superhero origin film at the time. The movie was originally set for a release date on November 1 of this year, but the film’s release was pushed back to June 5, 2020, instead so as not to rush production. Ultimately, this decision is one that fares better for a film that had such strong success with Wonder Woman’s release during the summer.
The film finished production in December 2018, and is set to pit Diana of Themyscira against the villain, Cheetah (Kristen Wiig), an archaeologist named Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva by day and a huntress with superhuman abilities by night. Chris Pine will also be reprising his role as the beloved Steve Trevor, which left many fans wondering just how he’ll be returning after his heartbreaking death in the first film. A few details have emerged around that topic, speculating that Pedro Pascal’s character, Maxwell Lord, will be making a deal with Diana to bring Steve back if she does his bidding.
It turns out that the year mentioned in Wonder Woman 1984’s title also holds significance to the plot. During an interview on Deadline’s Crew Call podcast, director Patty Jenkins explained that,”1984 itself is definitely very evocative to what’s important in that movie and resonates with right now,” adding in that she thinks, “it was the pinnacle of the success in the 80s.” She went on to explain that 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.”
As evident from the first Wonder Woman, Jenkins makes the setting a character in its own right. One scene in particular, which featured Diana running through bombs and gun fire in No Man’s Land, heightened the horrific atmosphere of the First World War, turning warfare itself into another villain that played a key role in the film’s narrative. It’s likely that Jenkins will make a similar decision and portray the excessive and extreme atmosphere of the 1980s as a central character as well.
A lot of the hype surrounding Wonder Woman 1984 stems not only from the success of its predecessor, but from how many times its director, and the production around the film, have broken the glass ceiling. Not only did Patty Jenkins help knock down the door for other women to tackle directing superhero movies, like Anna Boden’s recent work co-directing Captain Marvel, but she’s consistently fighting for equality in the industry. Wonder Woman set a new standard for the industry, and continues to do so. It’s exciting to see the wave of inspiration that it still evokes years later.