Wonder Woman vs W.W. 1984
What the audience SAW CAn Make All The DIFFERENCE
SAME HERO - different stories
- Main Genre: War and historical adventure
- Second Genre: Epic heroes
- Third Genre: Epic history and literature
- Main Genre: Epic heroes
That was the first indication of the significant differences between the two movies. Most superhero movies are in the “Epic heroes” genre, and that’s the only genre for Wonder Woman 1984 (2020). “War and historical adventure” is a completely different collection of titles. Here are the top titles since 2010 in each genre, in order of how closely they fit each genre.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
War & historical adventure:
The Monuments Men (2014))
American Sniper (2014)
Avengers Infinity War (2018)
WONDER WOMAN (2017)
After the successful reboot, viewers’ expectations for Wonder Woman 1984 were high. They were excited to see the next chapter in Wonder Woman’s story and expected a continuation of the reboot’s thematic framework. Surely, Wonder Woman would bring her heroism, courage, and bravery into another very human story.
Instead, the new movie returned to the familiar superhero story: an evil villain is unleashed, and only Wonder Woman can stop her. It’s not a bad story, it’s just a disappointment for fans of the reboot who were expecting more. Here are the minigenre keywords for Wonder Woman 1984.
WW 1984 (2020)
Comparing audience perceptions of the two Wonder Woman movies, it’s easy to see why Wonder Woman 1984 was criticized. The new movie took us back to the same minigenres of most other superhero movies. Even if it had been a perfect superhero movie, Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) didn’t recapture the unique spirit of Wonder Woman (2017).
Maintaining franchises is an enormous challenge, and the stakes for the studios are very high for every release. Studios feel immense pressure to follow understood, successful patterns. But, they took many risks to create the Wonder Woman (2017) reboot – the studio broke away from traditional superhero themes, creating a new image of a superhero that was truly fighting for us all. Perhaps the next Wonder Woman will build on those themes, restoring the uniquely brave, heroic, and courageous Wonder Woman.