Wonder Woman 1984 Pits The Superhero Against Man’s Greatest Foe: Greed

Greed is an ever-present human trait. It’s what drives us to do more and ultimately what helps us progress as a race and society. But rarely is it something that drives our superheroes to do more. In the case of Wonder Woman, greed is about as far from her as you could possibly get. In the first Patty Jenkins-directed film, we see that she is driven by warmth and compassion — even if she doesn’t fully understand the human race as a whole. With that in mind, it makes sense why Jenkins would choose the 1980s for the setting of the sequel, Wonder Woman 1984.

When you look at it, the main traits that characterize the decade are as far from Wonder Woman’s personality as you can get.

“In 1984, America was at the peak of its power and its pride,” Wonder Woman 1984 associate producer Anna Obropta told EW. “Apple computers and parachute pants, wealth, commercialism, glamour, even violence — everything was larger than life. It was a decade of greed and desire, a time of ‘Me, me, more more more.’”

“It was a time where no cost had shown up yet. There was the fear of the Cold War,” Jenkins added. “But it really was like, ‘This is gonna go on forever!’ The feeling that the world was this cornucopia that would never stop giving was so enormous.”

Greed Personified

So, who do they have characterizing this very aspect? I’m sure if you’ve seen the trailer you know exactly who that is: Maxwell Lord, played by the great Pedro Pascal.

“Max is a dream-seller,” Pascal told the outlet. “It’s this character who encompasses a component of the era which is, you know, ‘Get whatever want, however you can. You’re entitled to it!’ And at any cost, ultimately, which represents a huge part of our culture and this kind of unabashed — it’s greed,” he breaks off, laughing. “It’s f—ing greed, of course. But it’s also about ‘How do you be your best self? How do you win?’ So he’s definitely the face of that version of success.”

Of course, we know that Diana Prince isn’t one to fall for that sort of talk. However, Barbara Minevera, played by Kristen Wiig, is another story. We’ve seen her awkwardness in the trailer, and I can only imagine her falling into Maxwell Lord’s hands will very quickly lead to her transformation into Cheetah and her inevitable confrontation with Wonder Woman.

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In all honesty, I think that’s what made the first movie so great. It was a battle of ideologies between Wonder Woman and the big bad, and this movie feels like it will be trying to recapture that dynamic. Personally, I think that’s the best way to set up protagonists and antagonists — with clashing ideologies. However, at the end of the day, we can’t forget that, in spite of the clashing ideals, Diana ultimately has faith in people.

“If in the first movie Diana didn’t understand the complexities of mankind, now she completely understands it,” star Gal Gadot told the outlet. “She loves people, and I think that’s the key to this character, you know? She has the powers of a goddess, but she has the heart of a human.” 

So, what do you think of this greed-laden backdrop? Is it the best possible way to have Wonder Woman stand out? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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