Wonder Woman is riding high at the box office following overwhelmingly positive reviews. The Patty Jenkins directed movie pulled in an impressive $11 million at Thursday’s box office alone, the biggest opener of a female directed movie, ever. Starring Gal Gadot in the titular role, opposite Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman has broken the DCEU’s run of poor reviews, and given us a strong origin story for Diana Prince which is perfect for expanding upon in subsequent movies. Talk has already turned to a sequel, though we will also see Gadot reprise her role in Justice League in November.
Talking to Cinemablend, producer Charles Roven said that nothing has been written yet, adding that the focus now is on Wonder Woman and after that, Justice League:
“Nothing has been written. We really want to focus on this movie, and I think the result of this movie is going to really define what the future of Wonder Woman is in the movies, other than the fact that you know that she’s in Justice League.”
Given the DCEU slate is pretty full, Roven’s comments make sense, but it seems that at least the groundwork on the sequel is much further along than we realize. In an extensive interview piece with Jenkins and Gadot, THR revealed that both women are contractually bound to Wonder Woman 2, and that it will have a contemporary setting.
Thanks to Wonder Woman, we know what happens in Diana’s life from birth up to 1918, and Batman v. Superman gave a hint at her modern day existence, so it would be good to have some of the missing years filled in in some way. A contemporary setting might mean it takes place after Justice League, though, which is another interesting angle to explore.
Many will now view Jenkins as a safe pair of hands owing to her direction of Wonder Woman. It feels as though the character is safe with her, because she presents Diana not only as a warrior, but as a kind, compassionate, and loving person. The themes Wonder Woman delivers are that of hope, justice, peace. Courage in the face of adversity, standing up for equality, and fighting for the greater good are all issues that are relevant not only in 1918, but in today’s society too; perhaps now more than ever. It will be interesting to see how Jenkins and Gadot tackle all of this and more in Wonder Woman 2.
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