Since its release on 2 June, Wonder Woman has exceeded expectations in almost every way. At the time of writing, the film – the first female-led superhero blockbuster to hit cinemas in over a decade – had made almost £600million ($780m) at box offices worldwide. Feedback from critics, fans and celebrities was overwhelmingly positive, with ecstatic responses on social media and a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Wonder Woman also achieved the Holy Grail of (almost) appealing to both genders equally. According to CNN, audiences during the film’s opening weekend were 52% female and 48% male – crushing fears that men wouldn’t want to watch a comic book picture dominated by a woman, or that women wouldn’t be interested in a superhero movie at all.
With that in mind, and given Hollywood’s already-established predilection for long-running superhero franchises (Batman, Avengers, X-Men), it’s not surprising that a second Wonder Woman film is already in the works. But what do we know about Wonder Woman 2? Here’s the low-down.
1. We have a release date, people
Warner Bros. has announced a release date of 13 December 2019 for Wonder Woman 2, according to a report by Variety.
That means a wait of over two years before we get to see Wonder Woman – aka Diana Prince, aka Princess Diana of Themyscira – on the big screen again. In the meantime, we’ll have to make do with re-watching the first film (and looking at photos of cute kids in Wonder Woman costumes).
2. Patty Jenkins is already working on a script
In June, it was revealed that director Patty Jenkins was already working on a Wonder Woman sequel, despite the fact the first film had only been in cinemas for a matter of weeks.
“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Geoff Johns, who oversees the DC film universe for Warner Bros., told Variety. “The goal is to make another great Wonder Woman film.”
Johns said that he “had a blast” working with Jenkins the first time around – adding that they already had a “cool idea” for Wonder Woman 2.
3. It will probably be set in the past
Wonder Woman was set during World War I – and given that Princess Diana is immortal, writers have a lot of different time periods to consider for a second film.
Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich told Variety in June that the sequel will move on from WWI, but is still likely to be set in the past.
“It will take place somewhere between 1917 and 2017,” he said. Which is helpful.
4. Gal Gadot will return as Wonder Woman
Well, duh. The Israeli actress received a rapturous reception for her portrayal of Diana, an Amazonian royal raised in a matriarchal society of warrior women and transplanted to WWI-era Europe. And as far as Gadot was concerned, it was the role of a lifetime.
“I really, really love Diana,” the actress told Collider in March. “I love everything about her. I love the story. She has a heart of a human being, powers of goddess and a very wise brain. So, I, she’s everything. I love her.”
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5. Jenkins wants to direct again, but that’s yet to be confirmed
Warner Bros. took something of a gamble on Jenkins the first time around. Before Wonder Woman, the 45-year-old director’s biggest film was 2003’s Monster, starring Charlize Theron. Post-WW, she’s worth her weight in gold – but at the time of writing Warner Bros. had not yet announced if she will direct a second film.
Nevertheless, Jenkins has made clear that, while she initially had reservations, she’s up for making a sequel. “I’m not a big obligation person when it comes to art,” she told Entertainment Weekly in early June. “You want to do a movie like this because you believe in it.
“Then I had this revelation in the middle of the night: this is your dream cast, you’ve created a character that you love and you can say anything you want in the world right now,” Jenkins continued.
“I realised that Wonder Woman 2 is its own great movie. I made Wonder Woman. Now I want to make Wonder Woman 2. It’s a beautiful story to tell, an important time to tell it and with people that I love.”
6. The setting will be somewhere in America
The first Wonder Woman film is set in several locations, from the mythical island of Themiscyra to the Western Front of World War I. But Diana never sets foot on American soil, despite the fact that her love interest Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is an US spy.
That will change in Wonder Woman 2, according to Jenkins. “The story will take place in the US, which I think is right,” she told Entertainment Weekly in April. “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”
This might soothe the frayed nerves of right-wing TV hosts in America, who were reportedly irked that Gal Gadot’s version of Wonder Woman wasn’t ‘patriotic enough’ – because she didn’t wear her trademark red, white and blue outfit. Sigh.
7. Chris Pine might not (OK, probably won’t) be coming back
No spoilers, but it looks like the first Wonder Woman film might be your only chance to bask in Diana’s blossoming relationship with Steve Trevor.
That’s because while Wonder Woman is immortal, poor old Steve is not – so if a second film is set in a completely different era, it might not be realistic for Pine’s character to return.
“All I can say is it was a dilemma,” Jenkins told Fandango in June, on the subject of Pine’s potential return. “It’s something I hope we don’t talk about in the public [because] I want people to see, but it’s very hard to know which characters will be in the next movie because of the time period, so it’s a big question.”
Whether Pine makes a comeback or not, it’s worth remembering that many male-led action franchises don’t stick with the same female love interest over several films. Instead, they recruit an ever-changing cast of supporting actresses (James Bond’s ‘Bond girls’ being a perfect example of this revolving-door phenomenon). So why should Wonder Woman be any different?
8. The original Wonder Woman may make a cameo
Lynda Carter played Diana in the Wonder Woman TV series, which ran from 1975 to 1979. She has been a vocal cheerleader for the remake, tweeting endless praise for Gadot’s performance and Jenkins’ direction.
Wonder Woman is breaking box office records!!! Bravo,Patty Jenkins! Bravo, Gal Gadot!— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) June 5, 2017
Bravo, Chris Pine!
Jenkins revealed on Twitter in June that she tried to persuade Carter to appear in the first Wonder Woman film, but was unsuccessful. (Carter, 65, said that she was unable to appear due to scheduling conflicts.)
But that hasn’t put Jenkins off: she says she’ll keep trying to get a Carter cameo in Wonder Woman 2.
9. You can see Wonder Woman in another superhero film before she gets her own sequel
Gadot is returning to the big screen in November, in the ensemble superhero film Justice League. She’ll reprise her role as Wonder Woman alongside Ben Affleck as Batman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Henry Cavill as Superman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
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