Here’s Why Wonder Woman Doesn’t Carry a Sword in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

The 2017 film Wonder Woman amazed many. It was the first female-led superhero film from the DC extended universe, taking place alongside Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, and Suicide Squad. It made a lot of money at the box office and was overall thoroughly enjoyed by the public. It also became the highest-grossing movie directed by a woman at the time. The director, Patty Jenkins, was applauded for her dismissal of the typical male gaze seen in superhero movies and Diana became a favorite hero for a new generation of fans. 

In Diana’s sequel film, star Gal Gadot shared why she doesn’t carry a sword on her. 

New 'Wonder Woman 1984' photo seen at CCXP 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
New ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ photo seen at CCXP 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil | Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

Wonder Woman won’t carry a sword because she doesn’t need one

In a press conference from Dec. 10, posted by CinePop, Gadot talked about not carrying any weapon in Wonder Woman 1984. “Wonder Woman does not carry a weapon. We had an intention to let go of the sword because there’s something very aggressive with a sword,” she said, according to CinemaBlend. “If you have a sword, it means you need to use it. So we wanted to give that up. And we didn’t feel that the shield was necessary either. She’s a goddess, she can fight, she’s super strong, and she has the skills. So no, she has the gauntlets. She has the lasso. She has her tiara and that’s about it.”

Diana is an Amazonian goddess, and the first movie included a lot of Greek lore to hit home her origins. She’s not human, and stronger than anyone on Earth, which is why No Man’s Land was no match for her in the first film. In the comics and the 1970s show, she often uses her Lasso of Truth, which she also had in the first film, but that’s about it.  

The sequel to ‘Wonder Woman’ takes place in the ‘80s

This new sequel comes out in June and takes place six decades, or so, after Wonder Woman. Her adversaries this time aren’t soldiers or war. Instead, Pedro Pascal co-stars as Maxwell Lord and Kristen Wiig plays the Cheetah, aka Barbara Ann Minerva. Maxwell Lord is a businessman and entrepreneur who is known for his infomercials, and Barbara Ann is an archeologist. From the looks of the trailer, she befriends Diana first, but then things change once she gains these cheetah-like powers. 

There’s no definitive answer yet as to why Steve Trevor is still alive and hasn’t aged a day, but Jenkins said he’s there for a purpose. “I can’t tell you [how he’s back], but here’s what I will say: We didn’t put Steve Trevor in this movie because we just wanted to put Steve Trevor in this movie,” she said at CCXP on Dec. 8.

Patty Jenkins explained why it took place at that time period

And why does it take place in the ‘80s, specifically 1984? “We wanted to bring Diana into the modern world, but the ’80s is a period that Wonder Woman is quite synonymous with,” Jenkins said, according to CinemaBlend. As mentioned above, the Linda Carter-led show was a decade before and was immensely popular after as well. It’s also the time of another war: the Cold War. 

Jenkin’s continued: “It’s sort of the height of Western civilization and the success of the world that we all live in in the aftermath of now. So I was curious to collide our Wonder Woman into the height of our current modern belief system, and what kind of villains come out of that, and see what happens. So it all came quite naturally.”

Fans have gotten to see Wonder Woman in the early 20th century, modern-day (twice), and now she’s going back to the good ‘ole ‘80s. She’s still the same Wonder Woman, so it’ll be fun to see how she interacts in this new time period for fans.