The poster for the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 has been released.
As the sequel to the outstanding Wonder Woman (2017), I am excited about this film and the future of Diana’s story. I believe Patty Jenkins is a fantastic director, and that Gal Godot is a wonderful choice for the lead actress. I’m also excited about the return of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and Pedro Pascal’s character. Because of those elements, Wonder Woman 1984 is one of my anticipated movies for 2020.
The poster boasts shiny colours, wonderful armour and interesting technology vibes. For that alone, I’m excited. However, it’s important to place the visual elements in a wider context. In this blog article, I will attempt to understand the poster and my concerns for the upcoming movie.
A Rainbow Of Nostalgia
The first thing I notice about the poster is the colours. Bright rainbow shades adorn the poster. Because of that, the poster tells us that the 80s are here. Now, let’s be clear. I don’t hate the 80s, I think it’s misinterpreted. A lot of people invision a period of nostalgia and neon-coloured pop culture. They imagine the friendliness of a Stephen King drama novella or an adventure film such as E.T. Judging from the success of Netflix’s Stranger Things, it’s safe to say that the 80’s are a hot property. Yet the 80’s in pop culture is very different to the 80’s that actually happened.
Adding onto that, I imagine the 1980’s as one of tension. After all, the Cold War reached frightening levels. There was also the start of the Iraq & Iran war. However, I understand that those are international issues. Yet they did affect other countries. Because of that, I’d argue that in a globalized world, countries don’t really get to decide whether or not an issue effects them. After all, The Cold War could have easily translated into World War III.
It’s okay to have the Star Wars poster in your room. You can listen to all of the The Cure you like. Yet removing the angst and tension from the 1980s is dishonest. I hope Wonder Woman 1984 gives a good interpretation of the 80s. By all means, show us the bright Pac-Man colours, yet show us the nervous breakdowns in diplomacy.
What made Wonder Woman (2017) a strong film was that it fused superhero motifs with realistic war themes. Diana’s journey of accepting the nature of man is compared with wartime imagery. Because of that, the film is a success- the film brims with humanity. It’s also funny in parts, as well as thrilling.
What The Sequel Needs To Do
I believe Wonder Woman‘s sequel can be a success, however it must be more than a nostalgic trip. One of my favourite fictional works- Watchmen (pub. 1986)- utilizes an 80s setting. It’s also a prime example of the superhero genre not glamorizing a time period. I’m not asking the DCEU to have the brutality or narrative edge that Watchmen has. What I am asking for is that Wonder Woman 1984 is unique in how it portrays its time period.
Now onto an exciting point. Diana’s costume is fantastic- she looks like she is about to fight another God. My fellow fans who devour comics have told me to expect something like that, and I am thrilled. I will always maintain my stance that Gal Gadot is fantastic casting.
To sum up this blog post, I will state again that an authentic depiction of the 1980s is the way to go. More often than not, I think people want to believe a certain version of the 1980s. It’s easy to imagine the bubblegum flirting and the science fiction blockbusters. What suits Stranger Things would not suit Wonder Woman 1984.
The 1980’s is hot property. Yet it’s not a good idea for DCEU to overuse 80s cliches and tropes in the sequel to Wonder Woman. Personally? I hope Patty Jenkins shines a light on the geopolitics and international relations of the 1980s.
The original Wonder Woman reminds us that there is a wider world out there, where the flaws of men don’t have to doom us all. Let’s hope the sequel remembers that message.
What are your thoughts on the poster? Comment below, I’d love to read your thoughts about Wonder Woman 1984!