The year’s most anticipated movie is coming out a bit later than planned. But fans of the DC Extended Universe can rest assured, Wonder Woman is on her way back soon.
Star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins reunite for Wonder Woman 1984, which takes place more than 60 years after its 2017 predecessor. But, as it turns out, the movie is only the second of four Jenkins has in mind.
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ follows Gal Gadot’s hero into a brand-new era
Because of the huge gap between Wonder Woman and its sequel, Jenkins and Gadot get to explore a whole new side of the hero. After all, the excess and glitz of the 1980s lie in stark contrast to the bleak hopelessness of World War I.
Much to fans’ surprise, Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor — who was killed in the first film — is somehow back in the picture. And Wonder Woman 1984 will pit Diana against Barbara Minerva aka Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). In the comics, Cheetah is arguably Diana’s greatest enemy.
Jenkins has said how Wonder Woman 1984 is very different from the previous film. And in the little footage fans have seen, this definitely holds true. But how does it play into Jenkins’ long-term plans for the character going forward?
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Director Patty Jenkins has four movies planned for the DC icon
After a near-brush with Marvel Studios on Thor: The Dark World, Jenkins has said she believes the DCEU can thrive without following the same style. And thus far, that mindset has served her well. Jenkins has been able to develop Wonder Woman and her world without having to worry about how it connects to everything else.
Perhaps because of that focus, Jenkins actually has plans for a total of four movies featuring Wonder Woman lore. The 2017 original film and its 2020 sequel have gotten her halfway there. But Jenkins still has a story arc she wants to see through. And it isn’t exactly what most fans would expect.
“I’m not going to nail down a fresh thought about it until this movie comes out, because I kind of want to give myself a palette cleanser, and be fresh of mind,” Jenkins told Total Film (via GamesRadar). “But yeah, there’s an arc that I have in mind for the first movie, and then the second movie, and then the Amazon movie, and then the third movie.”
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When will Warner Bros. sign Jenkins for ‘Wonder Woman 3’?
Unfortunately, Jenkins does not offer any additional details regarding what fans can expect from Wonder Woman 3 or the Amazon spin-off. She does clarify that she likely wouldn’t direct the latter, which would presumably take place primarily on the island paradise of Themiscyra. It’s even unclear if Gadot would star in the Amazon film, which is already in development.
In fact, it doesn’t appear as if Jenkins is signed on to direct Wonder Woman 3 yet either. More than likely, the director and Warner Bros. are waiting to see how the second movie performs before negotiating a deal for the third one. But if the pre-release hype is any indication, the studio will want to move quickly to secure the final chapter of Jenkins’ Wonder Woman arc.
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