Wonder Woman 1984 is not actually a sequel
Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman may be returning for a second solo film, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a sequel.
In fact, according to Wonder Woman 1984's producer, director Patty Jenkins is determined that the second film following Diana Prince's adventures not be seen as a sequel at all.
So, we guess that explains the Chris Pine returning thing.
Speaking to Vulture, producer Charles Roven – who has also worked on many other Worlds of DC films, including Justice League and Wonder Woman – revealed that Patty sees the Wonder Woman follow-up as the "next iteration" of the character more than anything else.
"She was just determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel," he explained.
"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 humour, a lot of brave action. Tugs at the heartstrings as well."
Shortly after news of the second film was confirmed back in 2017, Patty teased that Wonder Woman 2 would be a "totally different" story, while earlier this year she promised that Chris Pine's return makes "perfect sense".
"It's all incredibly important to the story," she said. "It makes perfect sense, that's all I can say."
Wonder Woman 1984 wrapped filming just before Christmas, with star Gal Gadot marking the milestone with a post honouring Patty, as well as the cast and crew, and adding that "words cannot describe" the experience of making the film.
We did it. Again!! And as much as the first time shooting Wonder Woman was amazing, this time was even more unique and special.. We shot in 4 very different locations in 3 countries, and I'm so soooo proud of the almost 1000 crew members who came to set every day, giving everything they have into our movie. Couldn't ask for better partners on this.. I'm so lucky to have the one and only Patty Jenkins, as my director. She always has our backs, she gives us the wings to dare, and everyday she helped us find the most creative version of ourselves .. I am so grateful to call her my friend. And to our AMAZINGly talented cast who made every day enjoyable and fun, thank you! Honestly.. Words cannot describe this experience.. This journey was so demanding and challenging but we all came and did our very best every take, every day, putting our all out there and I’m so proud... Thank you universe for this opportunity. I love this character. And thank you to all of you for being the best fans in the world. It was you that made me push myself every day. I'm so happy and excited, can't wait to share it with you in 2020! ❤️ Gal
A post shared by Gal Gadot (@gal_gadot) on Dec 23, 2018 at 9:35am PST
"This journey was so demanding and challenging but we all came and did our very best every take, every day, putting our all out there and I’m so proud... Thank you universe for this opportunity," she said.
Along with Gadot and Pine, the film will feature former Game of Thrones and Narcos star Pedro Pascal, as well as Kristen Wiig playing the film's villain Cheetah.
Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on June 5, 2020.
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