"Wonder Woman: 1984" will establish the series as a franchise.
DC's Wonder Woman feels like a turning point in the DC cinematic experience. With Batman Vs Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League drawing a largely negative response, many critics and fans felt that Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman was a refreshing change of pace. Though it did fall victim to some of the traditional superhero film-trappings, including a CGI-laden climactic battle against Ares, Gal Gadot's take on the Amazon warrior was generally praised across the board. Therefore, it wasn't surprising to see a sequel announced shortly thereafter, and one cashing in on the eighties-hype at that.
Now, a few more details have emerged about the direction of Wonder Woman 1984, which looks to break from traditional sequel expectations. Speaking with Vulture, producer Charles Roven has revealed the film is not a sequel in the way you might expect - in fact, Patty Jenkins has been adamant in her refusal to label it a "sequel" to begin with.
“She was just determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel,” Roven explains. “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 humor, a lot of brave action. Tugs at the heart strings as well.”
To expand on the narrative, a Vulture source also likened the upcoming film to Indiana Jones and James Bond: "It’s a stand-alone film in the same way that Indiana Jones or Bond films are, instead of one continuous story that requires many installments.” Look for the new Wonder Woman flick, which not a sequel mind you, to drop on November 1, 2019. The film also stars Kristen Wiig and a returning Chris Pine.