It’s an unpredictable situation, yet an entirely appropriate one, however, that it is Wonder Woman has become the saving grace and championing leader of the stalwart DCEU. This is either a tremendous creative success or a colossal failure depending on who you ask and what recent Marvel movie has been released to compare it to. The one thing everyone agrees with, however, is that Wonder Woman is the surprise tentpole of the film franchise, with her superpowered/suited counterparts receiving a lukewarm reception at best. A big part of that positive reception is due to the untapped potential of the character, but mainly the fact that director Patty Jenkins, deeply respected and understood the character down to her core. It showed since Wonder Woman broke box office records this Summer and has consistently been touted as the best of the DCEU films. It goes without saying that the suits want a sequel, and thankfully it looks like they’re gonna be keeping Patty Jenkins around to direct. While there are no specifics yet on any hard plot details, Jenkins wasn’t without comment on a sequel in recent interviews.
“It’s a similar formula insofar as making a great, enjoyable fun movie but that ultimately in its third act turns some very big issues and a very big experience that will aim to have slightly more weight and profundity than it has to have. Because that’s a formula that I really like, and I like the idea of taking somebody on a very solid, great journey but that arrives at a bigger question being answered. So it’s like that but because she is Wonder Woman and she’s here now and she’s fully developed, it’s got great fun from the start and great big superhero presence from the start and is funny and a great love story again and a couple new unbelievable characters who I’m so excited about, who are very different than were in the last movie. I feel like it’s just the right amount the same world of Wonder Woman as the first movie while being a completely different story that tackles something very different but very similarly singular, one story.”
Wonder Woman 2‘s release date was recently moved from December 13, 2019, to November 1, 2019, following the delay of Star Wars: Episode IX from its May 2019 release slot to December 20, 2019, when J.J. Abrams took over the film.
Director Patty Jenkins is returning behind the camera for Wonder Woman 2, and is currently co-writing the script with Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Godzilla) and DC Films co-chairman Geoff Johns. The producing credits on the film are still in flux after Zack and Deborah Snyder left DC Films during production on Justice League, and Warner Bros.’ deal with financier RatPac Entertainment is ending soon after the fallout from the Brett Ratner scandal.
Kinda gets the blood pumping a bit when speculating what that could mean doesn’t it? Well, the thing about that is it’s probably impossible to reasonably deduce anything concrete from what she’s saying about the film there. In fact, it’s been an issue Jenkins has already addressed on Twitter.
Quite a few people, including this headline, seem to be completely misunderstanding or making some pretty false assumptions based on one of many vague quotes I made about something I can't say ANYTHING about. Just wait. 😉 https://t.co/rJU3CbKTwc
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) December 1, 2017
So where does this leave us? Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins are the heart and soul of the DCEU, and any attempts to re-boot or reconfigure something so delicate yet integral is bound to end in disaster. Hopefully, things work out and by 2019 we actually do end up with another excellent Wonder Woman film that shows the rest of the DCEU how it’s done.
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