Warner Bros officially launched their DC Comics Extended Universe last year with the debut of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – the semi-followup to Man of Steel in 2013 – which featured Henry Cavill’s return as Clark Kent aka Superman. The film additionally introduced a number of heroes to the DCEU including Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne aka Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen aka The Flash, and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone aka Cyborg. These heroes are set to return to the big screen in Snyder’s Justice League later this year, but first fans will get to see Diana’s origin story in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.
The film will follow Diana’s journey from her home of Themyscira to Europe during World War I, discovering the world with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and his secretary Etta Candy (Lucy Davis). Wonder Woman will give fans a look at Diana’s home, ruled by Amazonian Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) and populated by fellow warriors like General Antiope (Robin Wright). Now though, Jenkins reveals she has hope of what the DCEU can explore about Diana in upcoming films.
Screen Rant had a chance to interview Jenkins about the upcoming DCEU entry and when asked about how Diana’s story could be further developed after Wonder Woman, the director said:
[There are] many, many things I can’t wait to do with her. She’s got a lot of shades that I really really like. I think whatever we get to do with her in the future, the great thing is this is the way to start.
Certainly, Jenkins’ comment seems to indicate the director has plans – or, at the very least, ideas – of how she would like to develop the character of Wonder Woman within the DCEU, but it remains to be seen what those plans turn out to be and when they’ll come to fruition. While the majority of Wonder Woman is confirmed to take place in the past, the modern incarnation of Diana is next set to join the Justice League – and perhaps return in the team-up’s sequel.
Of course there’s also the fact that Warner Bros has a number of DC Comics projects in development, including a Man of Steel sequel, Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, a Black Adam movie (not to be confused with the standalone Shazam! entry), and The Batman. These are all in addition to the films Warner Bros originally planned to include in the DCEU like The Flash, Cyborg, and Green Lantern Corps. So, with most of the DCEU film slate without concrete release dates, it remains to be seen where another Wonder Woman movie would fit in.
Still, a sequel to Wonder Woman ultimately depends on the reception Jenkins’ origin story movie receives. Last year’s DCEU entries, Batman V Superman and David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, notoriously received largely negative reviews from critics and a mixed reception from fans – though both did well enough at the box office. Depending on how Wonder Woman fares with critics, fans, and the box office, Warner Bros may or may not grant a green light to another Diana Prince movie. But, should Jenkins get the go ahead on a sequel, fans can rest assured knowing she has plans for more Wonder Woman adventures.