With Wonder Woman about to cross the $600 million mark at the worldwide box office, DC Films and Warner Bros. are wasting no time getting a sequel up and running. DC Films co-head Geoff Johns confirmed that he and Patty Jenkins have begun work on a treatment for the sequel, in an interview with Variety.
“The goal is to make another great Wonder Woman film,” Johns said. “I had a blast making it with Patty the first time. We’ve got a cool idea for the second one.” The news should help alleviate some of the nervous energy surrounding the sequel and the matter of who will actually direct it. Some observers were quick to ring the alarm when the studio failed to close a deal with Jenkins for the sequel on the heels of Wonder Woman’s remarkable success.
But as we pointed out earlier this month, there was no way Warner Bros. would move ahead with Wonder Woman 2 without Jenkins at the helm, and this news all but confirms it. As for what the sequel will look like, Warner Bros COO Toby Emmerich was predictably coy when asked about it by Variety. “It will take place somewhere between 1917 and 2017,” he said.
Jenkins was a little bit more forthcoming with her plans for the sequel. “The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right,” she told Entertainment Weekly in April . “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”
Jenkins reiterated that she fully intends to bring Wonder Woman stateside with some potential pit stops along the way. “I think it’s very important that she goes on to be a very international superhero,” she told Fandango. “I can’t wait to bring her to America as well.”
That means we’ll likely see how Wonder Woman spent her time in between the first installment and the moment we first saw her in Batman v Superman. That‘s very good news for a couple of reasons. First, it means that Jenkins won’t have to shoehorn in any other DC superheroes for the sake of world-building, and this can truly be the standalone sequel this character deserves.
It also means that the filmmakers will have a huge array of real life catastrophes to potentially inert their hero into. Jenkins said she would consider drawing inspiration from the 1930s. “I’m definitely planning something more interesting using that period of time,” she told Uproxx. “Definitely, it’s the plan. I can’t say what it is! But it’s definitely right in the pocket of what you’re talking about.”
Does that mean the sequel could find Wonder Woman cracking skulls in Nazi Germany? That certianly bodes well for fans of the romance between Chris Pine’s noble soldier and Diana Prince. It also means it could be a while before we get our dream sequel in which Wonder Woman exacts revenge on the Russians for their election meddling, but that’s okay. We’re not going anywhere.