It may be some time before we see another version of Wonder Woman. Outside of the original DC comics — to which she was first introduced in 1941 — the character wasn't translated to screen until a 1972 guest spot on animated show The Brady Kids voiced by Jane Webb. (Other notable animated appearances include Super Friends and Justice League.) The following year, she led a TV movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby, and then Lynda Carter famously played her in the Wonder Woman live-action TV series from 1975 to 1979.
After that, however, studios struggled to get a new live-action Wonder Woman off the ground, and many projects stalled. In 2016, after decades on the sidelines, Gal Gadot led the character's feature film debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and earlier this summer, starred in Patty Jenkins' triumphant Wonder Woman — the character's first solo live-action film after over 70 years of history. A sequel for the film has already been confirmed.
During a round table interview with the movie's director, Patty Jenkins, and Etta Candy actress Lucy Davis tied to Wonder Woman's home release, Jenkins told Screen Rant that while she's sure there's high demand for more Wonder Woman, timing is key. She said:
"I’m sure they want to do it right now, I mean, who wouldn’t want to do Wonder Woman? So I think it’s just - you can only do one at a time, often, I feel so lucky to be the one to be involved with Wonder Woman. But I definitely think that whatever has been the question about, like, she was great as a TV show, but could she be a movie? That’s obviously now been answered. And so I’m sure that she will go forward and I just hope she goes forward with her integrity intact."
It's a fair assessment. Wonder Woman's mammoth success inarguably proves it's a prosperous franchise, but it's also rather intimidating. Not only has it surpassed a record-breaking $800 million at the global box office and become the highest-grossing film directed by a woman, but as of this week, it's also officially the highest-grossing superhero origin story ever released. That's a tough act to follow, even if it is a no-brainer blockbuster.
Plus, Jenkins is already circling a deal to direct Wonder Woman 2 that will make her the highest paid female director in Hollywood — on top of the character's still-upcoming appearance in Justice League — and who knows how long the franchise will continue afterward. There will inevitably be more versions of Wonder Woman to come, but for now, it sounds like Jenkins has the monopoly.
Wonder Woman will be available on Digital HD starting August 29, and on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD Blu-ray starting September 19.
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