Conventional wisdom would suggest that “Wonder Woman 1984,” which is being released a few years after “Wonder Woman” and continues the story of its eponymous heroine, is what industry insiders often refer to as a “sequel.” Conventional wisdom is wrong, however, at least according to the film’s producer. Charles Roven — who also produced 2017’s “Wonder Woman” in addition to Christopher Nolan’s three Batman films, “Justice League,” and “Suicide Squad” — says that returning director Patty Jenkins is making something more than that.
“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 timeframe and you’ll get a sense of what Diana-slash–Wonder Woman had been doing in the intervening years,” he said. “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.”
That pronouncement may sound a bit like TV showrunners insisting their series are actually 13-hour movies, but a Vulture source close to Jenkins referred to “1984” as “a stand-alone film in the same way that Indiana Jones or Bond films are, instead of one continuous story that requires many installments.”
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Whatever the case, Gal Gadot is reprising her role as the title character, with Chris Pine, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen also returning; joining them are newcomers Kristen Wiig (as Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah) and Pedro Pascal (whose role has yet to be revealed). Warner Bros. will release “Wonder Woman” 1984 on June 5, 2020.