The Wonder Woman Sequel FINALLY Gets a Release Date, Praise the Gods
To say Wonder Woman is still crushing the box office would be an understatement. Words like “obliterating” or “demolishing” are more apt, given the film’s record-setting $103.1 million domestic opening and its badass, empowering message. Everyone from Lupita Nyong’o to Chris Hemsworth has been raving about director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot, and now it seems the Hollywood gods have answered all of our prayers: Wonder Woman is getting a sequel! Barely any details have been released just yet, but thanks to The Hollywood Reporter’s revelation that Gadot is officially contracted for a second film, it’s definitely in the works. Here’s what we know so far:
Wonder Woman begins on Diana Prince’s home island of Themyscira and later moves to a Europe torn apart by World War I. For the sequel, Jenkins suggested bringing the superhero across the pond. “The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right,” the director told Entertainment Weekly during an interview in June. “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.” She also told THR that the sequel will be in modern times, which suggests it’ll happen sometime after the events of Justice League.
In July, ScreenRant reported that the sequel will be a period piece, after all. In the screenplay developed by Jenkins and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, Diana will apparently face off against the Soviet Union during “the closing days of the Cold War” in the 1980s. Break out the Aqua Net, everybody.
Warning: spoilers for the end of Wonder Woman ahead! Although we initially assumed Chris Pine wouldn’t return as Steve Trevor given how his story ends, Jenkins seems to think otherwise. “All I can say is it was a dilemma,” she told Fandango. “It’s something I hope we don’t talk about in the public [because] I want people to see, but it’s very hard to know which characters will be in the next movie because of the time period, so it’s a big question.” Pine himself further fueled speculation in the same interview. “The movie’s gotta come out, and then we’ll see,” he said before joking, “What about Wonder Man?”
In the same ScreenRant report about the sequel’s plot, it was also revealed that Pine will return as Steve Trevor, even though he perishes in an explosion in the final minutes of Wonder Woman. Unless someone in the DCEU brings him back from the dead or travels through time to save him, his role will likely be limited to flashbacks, or he could always show up as Steve’s descendant.
Regardless, leading lady Gadot will definitely be back to kick some ass. As far as other characters are concerned, making the story set in present day opens up the possibility of a few cameos from other DC characters (even if Wonder Woman only bothers with a single, subtle Justice League Easter egg).
Unlike Gadot, Jenkins is not contractually obligated to return for the second installment of Wonder Woman since Warner Bros. executives only enlisted her for the one film. According to THR, sources revealed “the studio intends to begin negotiations with Jenkins shortly.” Hopefully the rumors are true, because we can’t imagine a better person for the job.
The Release Date
Settle in, you guys, because this is going to be a hell of a long wait. Before Warner Bros. can begin working on a sequel for Diana, it has to release Justice League (part one debuts on Nov. 17, 2017, part two on June 14, 2019), as well as finish The Flash and Aquaman (due out March 16, 2018, and Dec. 21, 2018, respectively). That’s why the official date, which the studio revealed in July, isn’t until Dec. 13, 2019.
Source: Pop Sugar