The 1980s were a great decade. Some of the most memorable TV shows, cartoons, music, and movies come from the 80s. A lot of people take advantage of the adoration for the 80s that society has and give us great entertainment such as Stranger Things, Take Me Home Tonight, and Hot Tub Time Machine. So, why not combine society’s love of comic book movies and the 80s? That’s exactly what’s happening with Wonder Woman 1984.
The director of WW84 recently spoke with Deadline on their Crew Call podcast to discuss many things, one of which was the time setting of the upcoming sequel. 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.”
Jenkins stated she chose WWI as the setting for the first film because that war was mostly unjust. It was all politics and nothing like facing the evil of the Nazis in WWII. Looking to still show the evil of man it would make sense to set the movie during a time of heightened greed. Personally, I think greed can work to the advantage of society but that’s a different discussion. Jenkins seems set on telling a certain narrative about the world of humans, especially male humans, but the fans seem to be okay with her approach. As long as the film is good I can often overlook the politics of filmmakers, actors, or even the film itself. If I didn’t consume entertainment based on people having different politics than me, I’d be very bored.
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