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Why is 'Wonder Woman' sequel set in 1984? Patty Jenkins explains

Gregory Wakeman
Contributor
Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984

The first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 caused quite a stir when it was released earlier this week. 

Not just because of its incredible use of Sebastian Bohm’s remix of New Order’s Blue Monday, but it was also scintillating to watch Gal Gadot return as Princess Diana and Chris Pine’s return was awesome, too.

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But the release of the trailer probably had quite a few people wondering why the sequel to Wonder Woman, which was set during World War I, will take place in 1984. Luckily, co-writer and director Patty Jenkins recently revealed that very reason at the Brazilian Comic-Con.

“Why 1984? We wanted to bring Diana into the modern world, but the '80s is a period that Wonder Woman is quite synonymous with,” Jenkins said, according to Cinemablend. “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 live in in the aftermath of now.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 24: Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and Chris Pine attend the premiere of TNT's "I Am The Night" at Harmony Gold on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

“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.”

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The villains that emerge out of this period are Maxwell Lord and Barbara Ann Minerva, otherwise known as Cheetah, who will be played by Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig, respectively. Meanwhile, Gal Gadot and Pine will also be joined by the returning Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen in the superhero blockbuster. 

Wonder Woman 1984 will finally be released on June 5, 2020. It will be preceded by Birds Of Prey in February, while The Batman, The Suicide Squad, Black Adam, Shazam! 2, The Flash, and Aquaman 2 will all arrive before the end of 2022, too.