Wonder Woman 1984 — the scheduled follow-up to the 2017 original, featuring returning stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, alongside director Patty Jenkins — is not a sequel, according to its makers. Rather, it’s meant to be “the next iteration” of the beloved DC Comics character, as it is set in a “completely different time frame” and tells “a completely different story”. For starters, Wonder Woman 1984 is set in the year of its title and finds Diana (Gadot) going up against a British archaeologist-turned-supervillain called Cheetah (Kristen Wiig), amidst the Cold War-era tensions with the Soviet Union.
“[Jenkins] was just determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel,” Wonder Woman 1984 producer Charles Roven told Vulture. Roven has also produced The Dark Knight Trilogy, Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Man of Steel. “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 humour, a lot of brave action. Tugs at the heart strings as well.”
Though Jenkins herself was unavailable, someone close to the director told Vulture: “[Wonder Woman 1984] is a stand-alone film in the same way that Indiana Jones or [James] Bond films are, instead of one continuous story that requires many instalments.”
We will have to wait over a year to find out for ourselves. Wonder Woman 1984 is slated to release June 5, 2020 in cinemas worldwide.
In addition to Gadot, Pine, and Wiig, the Wonder Woman sequel — we mean successor — also stars Connie Neilsen as Hippolyta, Robin Wright as Antiope, Pedro Pascal (Narcos), Kelvin Yu (Master of None), Oakley Bull (Beautiful Boy), Natasha Rothwell (Insecure), Ravi Patel (Past Life), Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love), and Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected).