Patty Jenkins has explained why she chose the 1984 setting for Wonder Woman 1984. There is a lot of mystery surrounding the sequel, which Jenkins doesn't like to call a sequel at all. Instead, she insists that the movie is going to be its own thing and DC fans are trying to figure out exactly what that means. In the process, the particular year of 1984 has come into question ever since it was announced as the official title of upcoming movie.
Many fans have speculated about the Wonder Woman 1984 title being a nod to George Orwell's classic dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. While that has yet to be confirmed, Patty Jenkins was able to talk a little bit about why she chose that specific year. Obviously, she wasn't able to say much, but she did provide some specific insight. She had this to say.
"All I can say is that 1984 itself is definitely very evocative to what's important in that movie and resonates with right now. I picked 1984 for a very specific reason. I think it was the pinnacle of the success in the '80s, in my opinion, because it's before the market started to get a little more struggling as the '80s went on. And it was like the top of the top. It was such an incredible time. I feel like there's something about the excess of that period of time, which is so linked up to where we are in the world right now, that it's set there for a reason. That's all I can say."
For some, the 1980s was a time of excess and success. It's a period in time which could really never happen again and 1984 may have been the absolute peak before it all came tumbling down for various reasons. Wonder Woman 1984 is taking some of the elements of the 80s, which are reappearing now in our current time and it's going to be interesting to see what kind of parallels she has made when the movie finally hits theaters next summer. Production wrapped late last year, but the release date was pushed from November of this year to June 2020 for a prime summer release date.
Out of all of the mysteries surrounding Wonder Woman 1984, the return of Chris Pine's Steve Trevor is arguably the most talked about, even more so than Kristen Wiig's villainous Cheetah. Trevor famously did not make it out of the first movie alive, but he has been seen on the set, rocking his 80s gear with the rest of the cast. One of the bigger fan theories being thrown around involves Pedro Pascal's Maxwell Lord character making a deal with Diana Prince to bring him back to life. This has yet to be confirmed, but it would make sense.
Wonder Woman 1984's setting allows the movie to have a pretty epic soundtrack, especially since DC and Warner Bros. can spend the big bucks. It will likely be close to how Captain Marvel was with the popular songs of the 1990s. Van Halen's smash hit album 1984 has multiple hit singles to choose from and is a true no-brainer. Other hits from Prince, Madonna, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, The Cars, and others would make for a pretty epic soundtrack. You can check out the rest of the interview with Patty Jenkins over at Deadline.