'Wonder Woman 1984' Reportedly More of a ‘Bond’-Style Franchise Continuation Than Sequel

'Wonder Woman 1984' producer Charles Roven stressed that they aren't approaching it like a traditional sequel.

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DC fans will have to wait until next year for the successor to 2017's Wonder Woman, but thankfully executive producer Charles Roven sat down withVulture to offer a hint on what to expect from the highly anticipated sort-of-sequel. While the Gal Gadot-starring, Patty Jenkins-directed film does take place after the events of the first one (like decades after), Roven stressed that they aren't approaching it like a traditional sequel.

Jenkins previously implied she wasn't going to make a direct follow-up to Wonder Woman with 1984, and Roven has now confirmed as much. "She was just determined that this movie should be the next iteration of Wonder Woman but not a sequel," Roven explained.

A source close to Jenkins echoed Roven's sentiments, adding, "It's a stand-alone film in the same way that Indiana Jones or Bond films are, instead of one continuous story that requires many installments."

This certainly fits with what Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said of DC's extended universe last month. "The universe isn’t as connected as we thought it was going to be five years ago," Tsujihara said, indicating that they'd be focusing on a lot more stand-alone films instead of mirroring Marvel's connected universe approach.

"It’s a completely different time frame and you’ll get a sense of what Diana-slash–Wonder Woman had been doing in the intervening years," Roven continued of WW84. "But it’s a completely different story that we’re telling. Even though it’ll have a lot of the same emotional things, a lot of humor, a lot of brave action. Tugs at the heart strings as well." 

Wonder Woman 1984 will hit theaters June 5, 2020.

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