Warner Bros. may officially announce work on Wonder Woman 2 during their highly-anticipated panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. After getting off to a divisive/disappointing start with Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad over the past four years, the DCEU finally gave fans (and critics) the film they'd been waiting for with Wonder Woman. Not only did the first ever feature-length, live-action Wonder Woman film manage to garner universally positive reviews from both critics and fans alike, but the Patty Jenkins-directed superhero flick has also gone down as one of the most financially successful comic book movies ever made.
For many comic book fans, Wonder Woman's success only came as some long-awaited bit of validation, after spending decades waiting for Warner Bros. to finally give the iconic heroine her own film, and believing that it would work. But while there have been plenty of talks about sequel plans for Wonder Woman over the past several weeks since the film's release, Warner Bros. has yet to officially announce any plans for a Wonder Woman sequel, much to shock and dismay of both DC fans and industry insiders.
However, it looks like the studio may just be waiting for what they believe to be the right moment before announcing the news. THR is reporting that with Wonder Woman still continuing to zoom past box office milestones almost a full two months since its original US theatrical release, the studio will announce a release date for Wonder Woman 2 during their San Diego Comic-Con panel later this week, as long as "all goes as planned." In addition, the report states that the studio's announcement will also confirm Patty Jenkins' return as director for the sequel.
This news makes sense, when taking into account just how integral of a platform SDCC has proven to be, year in and year out for Warner Bros., when promoting their various comic book movies. The event also gives the studio a large enough window of time to deliberate and decide on what release date they want for the Wonder Woman sequel, before preemptively announcing it without all of the details solidified first. Considering just how much of the DCEU's future is shrouded in mystery and confusion right now, this announcement could be just the first of many that may help bring the future of the cinematic universe back into focus again.
It's worth noting as well, that even without an official announcement from Warner Bros., there has still been a fair amount of news about Wonder Woman 2 over the past few weeks. Not only did Patty Jenkins confirm she is working on a story treatment for it with Geoff Johns, but we recently got word that the Wonder Woman sequel would take place in the 1980s, with Chris Pine set to return as Steve Trevor. And now, with Warner Bros. supposedly set to make this announcement at SDCC, fans may finally have two of their biggest questions about the Wonder Woman sequel answered, with a director and release date officially confirmed. That is assuming, after all, that everything goes according to plan.
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