Warner Bros. will reportedly begin production on Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 2 in June 2018, with the new synopsis confirming the film’s 1980s setting. The studio officially launched their DC cinematic universe (unofficially known as the DC Extended Universe) last year with Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which gave audiences the first silver screen version of Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. The actress later reprised her role in Jenkins’ WWI-set origin film, Wonder Woman, earlier this year.
Wonder Woman came on the heels of numerous divisive DC films and gave the world its first critically-acclaimed installment in the shared universe, which may have helped the film become an astounding box office success. The film has grossed over $821 million at the worldwide box office, become not only one of the highest-grossing solo superhero movies ever released but also the highest-grossing origin story as well. So, it’s no surprise that the studio would commission another installment right away, with Jenkins returning at the helm (with a significant bump in salary) and Gadot as the eponymous superhero.
According to a new production listing uncovered by Omega Underground, Wonder Woman 2 is set to begin production in June 2018, thereby giving the sequel plenty of time to meet its scheduled December 2019 release. What’s more, the production listing also confirms the sequel’s 1980s/Cold War setting (which Screen Rant was first to report on earlier this summer).
Although the time period is significantly different than the first movie’s WWI setting, it still allows the sequel to explore Diana’s adventures before she joined up with Batman and Superman during their fateful battle with Doomsday in Snyder’s 2016 movie. Furthermore, it may allow the sequel to tie directly into Snyder’s Justice League, due out next month. In that film, eagle-eyed viewers have discovered that part of the movie involves the 1986 nuclear disaster site, Chernobyl. Considering that Wonder Woman 2 takes place in the ’80s, it’s certainly possible that her story will have her visiting the site. However, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens on that end.
For now, it seems that Warner Bros. is keen on releasing the Wonder Woman sequel in December 2019 – the week before J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters. When Lucasfilm confirmed that their final installment in the sequel trilogy will bow in December 2019, people assumed that Warner Bros. would move Wonder Woman 2 up, but considering that both films are scheduled to begin filming next summer, it seems that neither of them are concerning themselves with the competition.
Source: Omega Underground
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