Sit down and get out a notepad because you’re going to need to show your work on this math equation.
In a new interview with Vulture, Wonder Woman 1984 producer Charles Roven has explained how Wonder Woman 1984 is not a sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman. And, apparently, director Patty Jenkins is also on board with the idea that this is not a sequel to the last film.
“[Jenkins] 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.”
We somewhat get the concept here. While there have been 24 James Bond films so far in the main series, it was only to recently that they had connective tissue outside of the characters. Quantum of Solace was the first time a Bond film picked up pieces from the film before it, Casino Royale. Up until that point, the films had just always been stand-alone films with call backs to previous stories here and there.
And that would be fine in the world of comic films. The problem with saying it about this particular film, however, is the involvement of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) somehow being alive again. That seems like a pretty large pickup of a plot point to us. If we just saw Diana (Gal Gadot) thinking of him, or staring at a picture of him, you could use the ‘not a sequel’ argument, but, he will be there with Diana physically after having died.
At the end of the day, so long as we get a good film, that’s what matters the most. Calling it a sequel, not calling it a sequal is small potatoes to whether or not it’s an awesome film.
Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters on Jun 5, 2020.