Even though the release of Wonder Woman is a little over a month out, director Patty Jenkins says she is already thinking about ideas for a sequel. Starring Gal Gadot in the titular role, the DCEU origins movie about the Amazon warrior princess – set to debut in theaters June 2 – has been a long time in the making. Lynda Carter, of course, made the DC Comics superhero famous in live-action form with the ABC TV series in the 1970s, and sadly, an attempt to bring the character back to TV in 2011 with Adrienne Palicki in the lead, fell short.
Wonder Woman’s fortunes changed, though, when she made a gallant entrance in 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Jenkins wants to keep the momentum rolling following the release of the character’s solo movie – which traces Wonder Woman’s roots back to the early 20th century on the sheltered island paradise of Themyscira. In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Jenkins shares her ideas for a sequel:
“I’m excited for her to come to America and become the Wonder Woman we are all familiar with from having grown up around her as an American superhero. I’d like to bring her a little farther along into the future and have a fun, exciting storyline that is its own thing. Wonder Woman 1 is so much about her becoming the person she is. I can’t wait to spring forward with who she is and have another great standalone superhero film.”
That’s not to say Jenkins regrets the Wonder Woman goes the origins route in the first film, since an origins story – which she says is something she’s wanted to do for 10 years – is necessary to get a full understanding of the character. Jenkins says:
“I always thought the origin story would be the great way to go. I love origin superhero stories and I love the simplicity you can have with that journey. Also, there was the fact that no one had done her story and the fact that I love her. So it was a treasure trove of potential.”
Since the character is vital in the upcoming Justice League movies, Jenkins knows it may be quite a while before the opportunity to direct Wonder Woman 2. But, the Sun says, no longer how long another movie takes, it won’t prevent Jenkins from coming back to the franchise.
With any luck, Warner Bros. won’t waste any time locking in a date for a Wonder Woman sequel and keeping Jenkins on board. She’s already attracted the attention of Dwayne Johnson for his Disney film Jungle Cruise, who says he’s a big fan of the helmer. With her DCEU experience, could The Rock be thinking of Jenkins to direct a Black Adam solo movie, too?
KEY RELEASE DATES
Wonder Woman release date: Jun 2, 2017
Justice League release date: Nov 17, 2017
Cyborg release date: Apr 3, 2020
Aquaman release date: Dec 21, 2018