First reports suggest Wonder Woman 2 will begin filming in the U.K. this summer.
The DC Extended Universe has proved to be a controversial project - with one glorious exception. Wonder Woman was met with universal acclaim. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot shattered the glass ceiling for female superheroes, and the film grossed a superb $821 million at the global box office. In domestic terms, it was actually DC's highest-grossing film, making over $412 million.
Omega Underground has revealed that the sequel is set to return to the U.K. later this year. They believe the production will be returning to Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesdon, England. It's been a popular venue for a lot of Warner Bros. films, including the Harry Potter movies, Inception, Justice League, and The Dark Knight. The studios contain roughly 50,000 m2 of flexible space, while fans can pay a visit on-site to a tour on the making of Harry Potter.
Not much is known about Wonder Woman 2 at this stage. In July last year, Screen Rant broke the news that the sequel would be another historical adventure. This time though, the film will actually be set against the backdrop of the Cold War. Curiously enough, there are longstanding reports that Chris Pine will return for the film; that's odd, given the character died in the first film. Wonder Woman was clearly still mourning him a century later in Justice League.
The Cold War setting is a fascinating one, and should subtly change the tone of the sequel. The first film ended with a beautiful note of optimism, with Diana rejecting Ares's barren philosophy. She insisted that humanity has the potential for both good and evil, and dedicated herself to serving as a champion of the good. Unfortunately, the reality is that the twentieth century is sure to shake Diana's faith in humanity.
The First World War was not the "war to end all wars." Instead, it led to a brief period of peace before the outbreak of the Second World War. A compassionate hero like Diana could not face the horrors of the Holocaust without being shaken to the core. That was followed by the Cold War, and the threat of nuclear Armageddon had never seemed so real. Wonder Woman would have seen man's potential for destruction realized in ever-greater, more horrific ways. Small wonder she seemed to have hidden herself away from the world by the events of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
And yet, for all the film has the potential for such a bleak backdrop, Patty Jenkins has insisted the sequel will be another "great love story." Both Jenkins and Gadot have stressed that the film will explore Wonder Woman's core values, with Gadot even suggesting the films could be like the "Wonder Woman bible." Each movie could explore a different aspect of her character, a different examples of her virtues and values.
With filming due to start this Summer, it surely won't be long before fans learn more about Wonder Woman 2.
Source: Omega Underground
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