An extremely early roundup of 'Wonder Woman 2' rumors
What do the Hollywood tea leaves say about a sequel for the Amazon warrior princess?
Despite the fact that it hasn't even hit theaters yet, the standalone "Wonder Woman" film is already receiving sequel whispers. For those who have been following this burgeoning franchise, and the rise of Israeli actress Gal Gadot, such news isn't surprising. Even before filming started last year, Gadot's Wonder Woman cameo was already the clear standout in "Batman v Superman." The trailers and fan reception that later followed only added to the initial hype.
With early critical reaction proving promising, as well as strong opening weekend box office estimates, a sequel continuing the story of one of the most beloved superheroes of all time is very likely.
So here's what we know:
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 earlier his month 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."
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 wants to bring Wonder Woman 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.”
The next film may be set in the 1930s
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."
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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