Patty Jenkins is excited to move forward on the in-development Wonder Woman 2, teasing viewers will get to see a “full-blown” Diana Prince in the sequel. Back in June, Jenkins made history with her DC Extended Universe installment, which received widespread critical acclaim and broke multiple box office records en route to an $800 million worldwide gross. Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. was quick to push ahead on the followup, which has been officially dated for December 2019. Plot details are under wraps, but reports are pointing to a 1980s setting and the return of Chris Pine.
The first Wonder Woman film was an origin story depicting the events that transformed Diana into the hero she is today. That was Jenkins’ vision for the project from the get-go, wanting to make a sweeping piece of cinema that was heavily inspired by Richard Donner’s Superman. History will prove that was the right call, but even more thrilling possibilities await the director in the future now that Diana’s beginnings are out of the way. With a character as rich as Wonder Woman, there’s limitless potential, and Jenkins cannot wait to show fans more.
In an interview with ET to promote Wonder Woman‘s home media release, Jenkins provided an update on the sequel, expressing her desire to set the Amazonian warrior loose:
“The greatest thing about making this [the first Wonder Woman] movie was the fact that you’re really building to the Wonder Woman that we all love, but not until the end of the movie. The most exciting thing about [the sequel] is literally seeing her loose in the world now, living those classic stories. Here’s Wonder Woman, and what can she do? It should be a totally different movie, but a grand and now full-blown Wonder Woman in the world.”
Moviegoers have already gotten a taste of this new and improved Diana thanks to Batman V Superman and Justice League, which both take place in the current day. Obviously, Wonder Woman has come a long way from the naivety she displayed during World War I – as evidenced by her facial expression when she sees the bullet in the Justice League trailer (a callback to the famous Wonder Woman scene). It should be fun to see what the DCEU creative team can do with a fully-fleshed heroine at their disposal, showcasing the her tremendous powers and skill set. Jenkins earned raves for crafting the standout No Man’s Land sequence, so the pressure will be on her to top that and take things to the next level.
As great as the prospect of enhanced action sequences is, many will hope Wonder Woman 2 can rival its predecessor in the story department as well. The original Wonder Woman worked as well as it did because the script gave both Diana and Steve Trevor compelling arcs that allowed viewers to become invested in the core narrative. With Jenkins back at the helm, this shouldn’t be an issue, and the sequel should be just as good as what came before – if not better.
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