Just days after the sequel received only a cursory mention at SDCC, Warner Bros. has officially assigned Wonder Woman 2 a release date. The highly anticipated follow-up opens in theaters on December 13, 2019.
The news comes without a confirmation of who will direct. However, the expectation is still that Patty Jenkins will return to helm the Princess’ second solo. Why her and the studio have seemingly yet to come to an accord remains a mystery. But Jenkins is involved in some manner. As of a few weeks ago, her and Geoff Johns were working on a treatment for the film’s script. During SDCC, Johns revealed he’d already gotten to work on the script itself. There’s no word on whether the story they were developing together is being put on paper.
It’s difficult to imagine anyone else in the director’s chair. Jenkins’ vision for the film, as well as her evident adoration for the character, are imperative to its success both on and off screen. If the studio is willing to set a date, and are confident enough for it to go public, perhaps an agreement isn’t too far off. Another fascinating possibility is that Jenkins and WB are negotiating her taking a larger role in the DCEU. It’s no secret fans and critics alike are hoping she’ll also helm the Man of Steel sequel.
Currently, there are no details concerning the Woman Woman follow-up’s story. Reports recently circulated, suggesting the film would be set at the tail end of the Cold War in the 1980s. Putting Diana in the middle of such a conflict, especially after her experience in World War I, makes for an intriguing premise. For now, though, it remains merely a rumor.
Interestingly, the DCEU’s slate 2019 belongs solely to Wonder Woman 2. Although, with Shazam, Suicide Squad 2 and The Batman expected to begin shooting next year, it may not remain so for much longer.
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