In a recent interview, producer Charles Roven revealed that Wonder Woman 1984 is not and should not be considered a sequel to the 2017 blockbuster film, and director Patty Jenkins is totally on board with this.
“Jenkins] was just determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel,” Roven mentioned to 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.”
This is not a franchise design that we see often, but it has been executed successfully in the past. A classic success story would be MGM‘s roll out of their James Bond films. While there have been periodic throwbacks from one film to another, the majority of these films have been written as standalone adventures.
This approach could be the key to success for the DC Films Universe. Man of Steel, Wonder Woman and Aquaman have all been successful in their own right as stand alone films. Until the DC/EU can crack the code to a successful combined universe for their DC hero franchises, we’ll have to settle for standalone films until then. Which I personally am totally okay with. What about you?
Wonder Woman 1984 arrives in theaters on June 5th, 2020.
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