Patty Jenkins On Choosing 1984 As The Setting For Wonder Woman 1984
Jenkins also explains the importance of the year 1984 to Wonder Woman 2.
Ever since Wonder Woman 2 was officially titled Wonder Woman 1984, fans have been speculating the reason behind Patty Jenkins specifically choosing that year. The most commonly cited and accepted explanation thus far has been its similarities with George Orwell’s acclaimed novel 1984 and the corresponding themes it evokes. But for Jenkins, the year also represented the pinaccle of success in the 1980s, a point in the decade when humans were at the top of their game.
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.
That’s definitely a lot more than any director would say at this point. It’s great to hear such a concise explanation about her reasoning for choosing that specific year. As for whether the year’s importance is merely mythical or does it play into the movie’s plot in someway, Jenkins 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.
This makes it sound as if a specific historical event that took place in 1984 is key to the events of Wonder Woman 1984. Fans are certainly going to start revisiting those events and connect one of them to the movie’s plot.
Wonder Woman 1984 is shaping up nicely. Principal photography wrapped quite a while back and Jenkins has already screened an early version of the movie to satisfied executives. The first Wonder Woman was the most successful DCEU movie so it remains to be seen if Wonder Woman 1984 can cross that billion dollar threshold, just as its sibling movie Aquaman did early this year.