A lot of time has passed since Wonder Woman 1984 wrapped production back in 2018. Originally slated for a 2019 release, Wonder Woman 1984 was pushed to June 5, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 shutdown, Wonder Woman 1984 was then re-scheduled to August, with its latest new date now slated for October 2, 2020.
Even though the film should've been released by now, fans still know very little about the story, and marketing has slowed down with only a few images and posters hinting at what's to come. It seems Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is also more than aware of how much time has transpired since filming Wonder Woman 1984, and is now speaking out about how our real-world events may influence the future of the franchise...
“I’ve really hit the pause button... Because the truth is, where that plotline was coming from was our state of being six months ago. And so I want to make sure that I’m totally absorbing whatever the result of this pandemic is."
Jenkins continued by saying:
"We’re not starting to work on that movie right away... I’m hoping to do this Amazon movie before we do the third Wonder Woman. And I may not do either of them. You never know what will happen in this world, you know? But yes, I think the plotline will stay very similar, probably. But I want to make sure it’s influenced by all of this. Diana Prince versus the chaotic, destructive forces of 2020? We know whose corner we’re in."
WHAT THIS MEANS
It's fascinating to hear how seriously Patty Jenkins considers real-world events and weaves them into her storytelling. It's arguably why the character of Diana Prince is so relatable despite being an Amazon and possessing superhuman abilities.
Jenkins is saying something that we haven't heard from other directors just yet, but that needs to be taken into account. The world has changed dramatically in a short period of time. It's still changing day by day. Films that should've been released by now are, in a sense, out-of-date, and any future films will need to reflect the events of 2020 in order to be relevant.
Once 2020's slate of films is finally released in theaters, it will be interesting to see how directors and writers incorporate what we all have experienced this year and how that will affect future storytelling and franchises.