Director Patty Jenkins Explains Why She Brought Wonder Woman To 1984

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Now that the first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 has arrived (see below), fans are more seriously wrestling with the logic and motivation for bringing the title character 66 years into the future, from where we left her at the end of 2017’s Wonder Woman. In a livestream panel at CCXP 2019 on Sunday, director Patty Jenkins was asked about the level of difficulty in bridging this gap—and it sounds like she took it all in stride. “It wasn’t a challenge to connect them because the first movie was its own story and this is very much its own story,” she said. “It tells a perfect progression of Diana, even though it’s in such a different period of time.”

Which begs the obvious follow-up question: Why 1984? The lively opportunities available in terms of style and fashion are undeniable, but according to Jenkins, this decision was guided by a deeper logic. “We wanted to bring Diana into the modern world,” she explained. “But the ’80s is a period that Wonder Woman is quite synonymous with. So it was great to see her there. But most importantly, it’s sort of the height of Western civilization and the success of the world that we all living in the aftermath of now. So, I was curious to collide our Wonder Woman into the height of our current modern belief system and what kind of villains come out of that and see what happens. So, it all came quite naturally.”

Wonder Woman 1984 arrives in theatres on June 5, 2020. Check out the new trailer below.