A couple of the more interesting plot points from Wonder Woman 1984 are its titular time period setting and the surprise return of Chris Pine's Steve Trevor after the character's heroic death in the 2017 original film.
In a new interview with the Buzzfeed talk show AM to DM, director Patty Jenkins explained that the decision to bring back Trevor in the sequel was one made naturally for the story and not because of Pine's strong working relationship with Jenkins.
"I thought of what this next movie should be in the middle of making the first movie, so it wasn't a solution to 'Oh, that worked out, let's try to jam you in there.' It's all incredibly important to the story," revealed Jenkins in the interview. "It makes perfect sense, that's all I can tell you."
Another plot point Jenkins discussed in the interview was the decision to set the film in the 1980s, drawing from her memories of the time period and avoiding falling into jokes and gimmicks from the era.
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"I really felt like the 1980s was mankind at their most extreme and at their best. It was when we could do anything we wanted and we had no idea of the price yet. So we have really committed to that version of the 80s," explained Jenkins. "It's not a bunch of jokes. It's actually the most kind of aspirational and elegant version of the 80s in many places. And then you kind of throw it away and get used to it. I enjoyed rolling around in remembering what it was like when we had no idea it was going to stop."
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, Pedro Pascal and Natasha Rothwell. The film opens on June 5, 2020.