An extremely early roundup of 'Wonder Woman 2' news and rumors
What do the Hollywood tea leaves say about a sequel for the Amazon warrior princess?
With the "Wonder Woman" sequel now a little less than two years away from hitting theaters on Nov. 1, 2019, rumors over the storyline, characters, and other exciting tidbits are starting to fly around the web at dizzying speeds. While American director Patty Jenkins has yet to reveal any specific direction she'll be embracing in the sequel, we do know the story will not just be a rehash of the box office wonder that captivated the world.
"We’re actually making a totally different film with a lot of the same, similar like things that we love, but it’s its own movie completely, so it’s not ‘two’ to us," the director told Entertainment Tonight. "It’s an entirely new adventure together that we couldn’t be luckier [to do]."
It's already in development
Despite "Wonder Woman" producer Charles Roven saying there's been very little time to consider a sequel, American director Zack Snyder had very little qualms about declaring that such a project was in the works.
During the Shanghai, China, premiere of the film on May 15, Snyder reportedly told Arthur Wong that a sequel to "Wonder Woman" is already in the cards.
Zack Snyder said there will have WONDER WOMAN 2！Deborah Snyder said the next female super hero movie is Batgirl！@BatmanNewsCom— Arthurwong (@ArthurWongDCEU) May 15, 2017
It will officially return on November 1, 2019
Warner Bros. has made it official: The as-yet untitled "Wonder Woman" sequel will arrive in theaters on November 1, 2019. With the current film performing better at the box office than any other superhero movie in the last 15 years, it makes sense that the studio was eager to get fans excited for the next chapter.
As of right now, 2019 at the box office is shaping up to an absolute juggernaut for sequels. In addition to "Star Wars: Episode IX premiering in December 2019, we'll also see Pixar's "Toy Story 4", "Top Gun 2: Maverick," "World War Z 2," based on the acclaimed novel from author Max Brooks, "Frozen 2", and "Austin Powers 4."
Gal Gadot will return
Despite a three-picture contract that concludes with this November's "Justice League," we have confidence that Warner Bros. will make every effort to retain Gadot in the leading role. It's also clear from recent interviews that the feeling is mutual.
"The physicality of it is really challenging, but I like it, I enjoy it," Gadot recently told reporters. "It makes me happy after I do it right... But I really love Diana, I love everything about her. I love the story: she has a heart of a human being, powers of a goddess and a very wise brain, so it is everything. I love her."
Patty Jenkins is coming back to direct
Director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez /Getty Images)
Speaking with Fandango earlier this summer, "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins declared her strong interest in returning to helm a sequel.
"I'm very, very, very interested," she said. "I love what we've created and I love the team that I worked with doing it and these actors so much that, yeah, we're all very excited to talk about continuing forward together."
On September 12, Warner Bros. made Jenkins' future with the "Wonder Woman" franchise official; signing the 46-year-old to write, produce, and direct the as-yet untitled sequel. The contract, worth an estimated $8-$9 million (including a substantial backend of box office grosses), makes Jenkins the highest-paid female director in Hollywood.
Did we want her to direct "Star Wars: Episode IX" after Colin Trevorrow left? Sure – but we're also incredibly psyched to see her continue Wonder Woman's journey on the silver screen.
"I think the thing that I’m the most excited about is the fact that she exists now, and it means there’s a whole other kind of journey that we can do with her," Jenkins said back in June. “We get to have what I feel like the other superheroes get to have a little earlier, which is just a great time with that character."
She's also currently working on a script
Even before she wasn't officially tied to the sequel, Patty Jenkins wasted absolutely no time on working to craft the film's story. In an interview with Variety, DC Films co-head Geoff Johns said that he's working with Jenkins to come up with some broad plot strokes.
“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now," he said. "The goal is to make another great 'Wonder Woman' film. I had a blast making it with Patty the first time. We’ve got a cool idea for the second one."
As proof of the momentum Wonder Woman has built for future films centered around female superheroes, Johns reaffirmed DC Comics' future plans for characters like Batgirl and Harley Quinn.
"There are many wonderful elements to the DC Universe, and one of them is that we have the best female characters, heroes and villains, in the world," he added. "No one is going to beat Wonder Woman and Batgirl and Harley Quinn."
Kristen Wiig will play the villain Cheetah
So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can't wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot pic.twitter.com/Gn0jICiIAH— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 9, 2018
Move over Ares, there's a new purrrfect villain set to pounce on the Amazon warrior princess. After months of rumors over which big bad would go toe-to-toe with Diana Prince in the sequel, Jenkins has finally confirmed that American actress Kristen Wiig will star as the villainous Cheetah.
In response to the news, Gadot tweeted back "I’m SO excited welcome on board Kristen! This is going to be WONDERful!"
For those not familiar with the DC Comics' character, Cheetah has long been one of Wonder Woman's greatest arch-enemies, with appearances stretching back to October 1943. Her real name is Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva, a British archaeologist, who gains special powers after partaking in a ceremony dedicated to an African plant god. She then has the power to transform into Cheetah, giving her superhuman strength, agility, speed and some serious fangs and claws.
We can't wait to see how Wiig, better known for her comedic roles, will sink her talented claws into this one!
Actress Lynda Carter may have a role
Actors Gal Gadot (L) and Lynda Carter attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)
American actress Lynda Carter, who famously starred as Wonder Woman in the live-action 1970s TV series of the same name, is reportedly in talks to appear in "Wonder Woman 2."
"I’ve been talking to [Jenkins] about it. She’s given me some hints about it, and I guess it’s up to Warner Bros. if they want to spend the money," Carter said during an appearance on "Megyn Kelly Today." "You can write letters and tell them!"
While fans had hoped for Carter to make a cameo in the first film, it wasn't for a lack of trying on the part of Jenkins. It's reported that the director had wanted the 66-year-old actress to play the role of an Amazon, but efforts to fit the shoot into her schedule proved problematic. Regardless, it's clear that Carter thinks highly of both Jenkins and Gadot and would love to be part of the team.
"I told Patty from the beginning, ‘This is going to make a billion dollars,’” she said last fall. “I so believed, after I met them and after I talked with both of them and knew them for more than a year, that it was going to be fantastic."
The sequel will hit the ground running
In an interview with Variety, Patty Jenkins expressed excitement over crafting a new story with a character that's now fully developed.
"Because she is Wonder Woman and she’s here now and she’s fully developed, it’s got great fun from the start and great big superhero presence from the start, and is funny and a great love story again and a couple new unbelievable characters who I’m so excited about, who are very different than they were in the last movie,” she said.
In what should come as a relief to anyone concerned over the sequel's ambitions, Jenkins says she fully intends to keep the film grounded and familiar.
"I feel like it’s just the right amount – the same world of Wonder Woman as the first movie, while being a completely different story that tackles something very different but very similarly singular. One story."
She's likely coming to America
If there's one thing we can expect from a "Wonder Woman" sequel led by Jenkins, it's that the superhero's impact will grow beyond the European setting of the first film.
“I’m excited for her to come to America and become the Wonder Woman we are all familiar with from having grown up around her as an American superhero,” Jenkins told the Toronto Sun in a recent interview. “I’d like to bring her a little farther along into the future and have a fun, exciting storyline that is its own thing. Wonder Woman 1 is so much about her becoming the person she is. I can’t wait to spring forward with who she is and have another great standalone superhero film.”
A site called Omega Underground recently seemed to collaborate Jenkins' intentions by reporting that the production would start filming June 2018 "in and around the area of Northern Virginia/District of Columbia." Such a setting would further confirm rumors that Diana will team up with the U.S. government to help foil a Cold War-era evil plot.
The next film may be set in the 1930s or 1980s
When quizzed by Uproxx over the setting of the next film possibly moving ahead to the 1930s, Jenkins answered in the affirmative.
"I'm definitely planning something more interesting using that period of time," she said. "Definitely, it's the plan. I can't say what it is! But it's definitely right in the pocket of what you're talking about."
Later hints dropped by Jenkins have also placed the next adventure as taking place during the early 1980s, at the height of the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
Dr. Poison may return
Unlike other superhero films of the last several years, "Wonder Woman" was lauded by critics and fans for having genuinely frightening villains. The sinister Dr. Maru/Doctor Poison, played by Spanish actress Elena Anaya, was one of the few to make it to the end; opening the door to her possible haunting appearance in future films. In an interview with The Verge, Anaya confirmed that she's contracted for possible sequels, but that it's anyone's guess if her character will play a role.
"As you know, when these movies are made, they ask you basically to marry them for the rest of your life," she said. "I’d be so happy to be back, to be able to be evil again. It’s so good, it’s so fantastic."
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