Why the 80s Inspired WONDER WOMAN 1984 & the Future of the Franchise

Wonder Woman 1984
Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

Writer/director Patty Jenkins and actor Gal Gadot are offering more insight into June's Wonder Woman 1984, which showed off its first retro-inspired trailer Sunday.

Talking to Deadline from this past weekend's Comic Con Experience (CCXP) in Brazil, Jenkins briefly described why she jumped from the first film's World War I era to the 1980s and seemingly set the film mostly in the United States...

“The easiest way for me to sum it up without giving away too much, is that this movie is about colliding Wonder Woman with the evil of our times, which is the excess and opulence that we have found ourselves in a position of indulging — and we’re running her right into mankind at their best and their worst and the villains that are born from that.”

Credit: Warner Bros.

According to Deadline, Jenkins explained that (in the publication's paraphrasing) that the decade "was a great metaphor for that because the ’80s was a time when the world was at its most extreme before we understood any cost. Jenkins said that it would be interesting to see what kind of journey Diana would have in this world as a wise, kind and loving half-God."

The time period also inspired the filmmaking. 

“I want it to feel like you’re seeing a movie in the ’80s so we did almost all of our stunts, our fights practically,” Jenkins revealed. “We have some of the most extensive, incredible wire work that was, that nobody’s ever done before because no one has ever tried.”

Jenkins also confirmed for Deadline the potential for an "Amazon" film while she, Gadot and Warner Bros. determines the future of the franchise.

“We already have it all mapped out - it’s just a matter of will we change our minds and when," she said.

The 'when' however, appears to be with some time in-between.

“I think what we don’t want to do is do it back-to-back," Jenkins added. "It’s been great doing these two movies back to back, but I think it’s important to give it a little rest in between - and I like doing other things in between. And Gal has other things to do. I never want to make decisions too far in advance. We have to see if we both feel like making the movie we think we want to make when the moment comes."

Wonder Woman 1984 is due out June 5, 2020.

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