Given that Wonder Woman is proving to be a huge box office hit, Wonder Woman 2 is basically guaranteed. And while that particular project doesn't have a release date just yet, that's not stopping director Patty Jenkins from talking about what she would like to do with the film. Late last week we picked up quotes about the possibility of the movie being set in the 1930s, and now there's confirmation that the sequel will be taking the action back to the United States. The director is quoted saying,
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.
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Patty Jenkins back in April, and when discussion turned to the inevitable sequel to Wonder Woman, she mostly kept her lips sealed. That being said, she seemingly couldn't keep all of the information to herself, as she did reveal that whatever happens in the story will be happening in North America (a continent that actually isn't visited in the new blockbuster).
This news is a bit strange, if not just because of how it meshes with talk about Wonder Woman 2 being set during World War II. While 1930s/1940s America was certainly a fascinating place, it was also not the location of the frontlines of the war - which is where you would expect Diana of Themyscira to be. It's possible that this is a specific narrative choice that comes as a result of Diana distancing herself from mankind during most of the 20th century, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Right now, the future of the DC Extended Universe is kind of a hazy mystery. While the franchise certainly has a number of very exciting projects in development - from Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 2 to Joss Whedon's Batgirl to Matt Reeves's The Batman - none of them actually have a release date with the exception of James Wan's Aquaman (which is now in production and scheduled to hit theaters in December 2018). Is it possible that we could see Wonder Woman 2 before 2020, or are there too many other potential projects in the way? We'll have to wait and see.
What we do know is that Patty Jenkins has a ton of passion behind her going into Wonder Woman 2. According to her interview with EW, she wasn't always sold on the idea of making a sequel, but it's now something that she is excited to explore:
I'm not a big obligation person when it comes to art. You want to do a movie like this because you believe in it. Then I had this revelation in the middle of the night: this is your dream cast, you've created a character that you love and you can say anything you want in the world right now. Then I realized that Wonder Woman 2 is its own great movie. I made Wonder Woman. Now I want to make Wonder Woman 2. It's a beautiful story to tell, an important time to tell it and with people that I love.
Wonder Woman is currently closing out its record-breaking three day weekend with worldwide pull of $223 million. It's proving to be one of the most exciting blockbusters of the summer, and you can be sure that you'll be able to find plenty more articles and editorials to read about it here on CinemaBlend in the next few days.
In the meantime: what do you make of the news that Wonder Woman 2 will be set in the United States? What decade would you like to see it take place during? Hit the comments section below with your thoughts!