Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman 2 will hit theaters in December 2019, with Gal Gadot to return and Patty Jenkins in negotiations to direct. Warner Bros. officially launched the DC Extended Universe last spring with the debut of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Though it wasn’t a hit with critics and inspired a divisive reaction among fans, there were certain elements that excited fans about the future of the DCEU. The second official DCEU entry arrived last summer with David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, but it suffered the same poor critical response and divisive audience reaction as Batman V Superman.
The mainly negative narrative surrounding the DCEU noticeably changed with the premiere of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman this summer, which was the first entry in Warner Bros’ superhero universe to be largely well-liked by critics and casual moviegoers. Additionally, Wonder Woman broke box office records, is currently the best performing movie of the Summer 2017 season, and is the second highest grossing DCEU film at the worldwide box office. As such, it was only a matter of time before Warner Bros’ announced a sequel to Wonder Woman, which they did at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. Now, the studio gives the sequel an official release date.
According to THR, Warner Bros. has set Wonder Woman 2 to open Friday December 13, 2019. Gal Gadot will reprise her role as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman while Jenkins is currently in negotiations to return as director. Gadot originated her role as Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman and will return again later this year in Snyder’s World’s Finest Heroes team-up, Justice League. Meanwhile, Jenkins has been in talks with Warner Bros’ to direct Wonder Woman 2 for some time, and it’s expected she’ll officially sign on once she reaches an agreement with the studio.
In terms of where Wonder Woman 2’s release date fits it into the DCEU, 2018 will only feature one release – James Wan’s Aquaman solo film starring Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry – while 2019 will see Shazam! arrive in April and the Wonder Woman sequel in December. Other dated DCEU films include Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps, which are both expected to arrive in 2020; Warner Bros. also has two other 2020 dates reserved for DCEU entries.
Since Wonder Woman was such a success for Warner Bros. and the DCEU it’s no wonder that they would want to fast-track a sequel, which is currently being written by DC Films’ Geoff Johns. Of course, Warner Bros. has a number of other DCEU movies in the works, some of which were officially announced during the studio’s Comic-Con panel, including The Flash movie – now titled Flashpoint – Matt Reeves’ The Batman, Joss Whedon’s Batgirl, and Jaume Collet-Serra’s Suicide Squad 2.
As for what fans can expect from the Wonder Woman sequel, Chris Pine may return for a film set in the 1980s, though Warner Bros. is keeping official plot details under wraps for now. However, now that Wonder Woman 2 has an official release date, we’ll likely learn more about the production schedule and casting before the movie begins filming in the next year or so.
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