Wonder Woman 1984 is not a sequel because sequels suck
Since Wonder Woman burst into theaters in the summer of 2017 and stole our hearts, we’ve been fervently waiting for its follow up to arrive. The delay sure didn’t help things, but we’re getting closer. However, if you think it is a sequel, you better bite your tongue because it is not a sequel, or so says producer Charles Roven.
The reasoning is quite silly for this, but bear with us. There’s just something inherently dissatisfying with a sequel. Doesn’t matter how hard you try, there are only a handful of sequels you could say are better than the original. With the bias firmly established, you can see why some directors want to shy away from the sequel status, and Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins is one of those.
In an interview with Vulture, Roven, who has previously worked on multiple DC projects including Batman v. Superman, Wonder Woman, Justice League and Suicide Squad, opened up about the expectations with Wonder Woman 1894 and how the creative force is trying to avoid the classic sequel letdown. One of those ways is not call it a sequel, which Jenkins explicitly avoided.
“She was just determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel,” says Roven. “And she’s definitely delivering on that. It’s a completely different time frame and you’ll get a sense of what Diana/Wonder Woman had been doing in the intervening year. 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 human, a lot of brave action. Tugs at the heart strings as well.”
Even though Jenkins didn’t want to frame Wonder Woman 1984 as a sequel, it is a sequel. It was just a tool to craft the best movie possible, and to be honest, we’re all for that. We live in a time where most sequels are disappointing. If Wonder Woman 1984 can really impress us like the original, we won’t call it a sequel either.
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