Wonder Woman was the kind of film that Warner Bros. has been looking for ever since Man of Steel premiered. A superhero movie set in the DC Extended Universe that is both commercially and critically successful, as well as pleasing the fans.
At this point, everyone knows there will be a sequel, but no one really knows what shape it will take. So here is Doddle’s guide to what we do know about Wonder Woman 2 — and what we can speculate about it.
Where and When Will Wonder Woman 2 Take Place?
Patty Jenkins has already confirmed the time and place for the next film. The first film took place almost entirely in Europe during the First World War, but don’t expect the same from the sequel. A few weeks ago, the director spoke with Entertainment Weekly and said:
“The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”
Considering the character was first introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which took place stateside, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Although not explicitly said, the sequel will almost certainly take place after the events of Justice League, which opens November 17.
Who is Writing the Screenplay?
This one is a bit trickier. Wonder Woman went through countless writers, versions, and drafts that no one is quite certain who actually wrote what. We do know that Jenkins worked extensively on the final draft of the first one, even though she didn’t quite get the credit. This time around, however, we know that she is at least working on the treatment for the next movie with DC Films co-chairmen Geoff Johns, who told Variety:
“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now. The goal is to make another great Wonder Woman film. I had a blast making it with Patty the first time. We’ve got a cool idea for the second one.”
In the same interview, the other DC Films co-chairman Jon Berg reveals that one of the big lessons that they learned on the earlier DCEU films were they were probably too dark. With the tone of Wonder Woman doing much better with critics and audiences, I think you should expect a change in the tones of all the upcoming movies.
Is Patty Jenkins Returning to Direct?
Almost certainly. While nothing is guaranteed at the moment, Jenkins briefly thought that she didn’t want to return for the second film before having an “epiphany.” Here’s what she told the Advocate:
“I had an epiphany about Wonder Woman 2. I was like, ‘you don’t have to do this. It doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion that you do Wonder Woman 2.’ But then as I was falling asleep I had an epiphany. I was like, ‘Wait a minute. You have the greatest character of all time that you love dearly, with a cast that you love sitting at the palm of your hand at this day and age — you can do whatever you want with them — are you crazy?’ And then I suddenly realized, it’s not more, it’s another movie. It’s its own movie. And it’s got to be great.
While many people considered that her confirming that she will direct the next movie, the director took to Twitter to say the following:
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 30, 2017
Having said all of that, Warner Bros. would be crazy not to rehire her for the next one. The reason we don’t have a confirmation is more likely due to the fact that we have no idea when the next movie is going to premiere. Warner Bros. filled its DC films schedule to 2020 when the DCEU was announced, and still needs to fill it in even more with The Batman and a possible Man of Steel sequel. There’s also no idea when The Flash is set to premiere, since that project is having such a hard time getting off the ground.
Should everything go right for Wonder Woman 2, then my best guess is a three-year period (which is what Marvel does) between it and the first film, which should place it somewhere in 2020 for release.