2017's Wonder Woman was a monumental film in cinema history, so there was no surprise that Warner Bros. began working on a sequel not too long after its release. However, the second installment in the franchise, Wonder Woman 1984, will apparently be anything but a sequel.
The upcoming film will feature Wonder Woman in a completely new adventure. One of its producers, Charles Roven, says director Patty Jenkins purposely chose to name the new film Wonder Woman 1984, rather than Wonder Woman 2.
"She was just determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel,” Roven told Vulture. “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.”
"Wonder Woman 1984" is by no means a sequel to the previous Wonder Woman installment https://t.co/oozEgf3Do3— Vulture (@vulture) March 14, 2019
Though Jenkins has not confirmed this herself, a source close to the director told Vulture that Wonder Woman 1984 is indeed a standalone film. “It’s a stand-alone film in the same way that Indiana Jones or Bond films are, instead of one continuous story that requires many installments,” the source said.
Many fans on social media are discussing what actually constitutes a film as a sequel.
Spoiler: WONDER WOMAN 1984 is totally a sequel to WONDER WOMAN, just as (despite claims to the contrary at the time) BATMAN RETURNS was totally a sequel to BATMAN. https://t.co/x63jZE1ukY— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) March 15, 2019
It's sort of arguing semantics, as it is a sequel based on definition, but perhaps Roven isn't calling it one because of the possible major differences from the 2017 movie.
Wonder Woman 1984 is set for a June 5, 2020 theatrical release.