Wonder Woman's theatrical debut was a long time coming, and thankfully for fans of DC's Amazon warrior, the movie didn't disappoint. Making nearly $780 million worldwide and earning numerous positive reviews, Wonder Woman has been a resounding success for the DC Extended Universe, and understandably, DC soon began developing a sequel. Now it's been announced that Wonder Woman 2 will arrive in theaters at the end of 2019.
The news broke late tonight (via Variety) that Warner Bros has scheduled Wonder Woman 2 for a December 13, 2019 release date. The studio had previously snagged that date for one of its "event films," and it's official that DC has decided to revisit Diana of Themyscira during that time. Warner Bros announced at its presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend that Wonder Woman 2 was part of its updated slate of films, and now we know that the powers that be intend to release it sooner rather than later. DC's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has been working on the script for the sequel, and Patty Jenkins is in negotiations to return as director.
Warning: SPOILERS for Wonder Woman are ahead!
After being introduced last year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman returned in her standalone movie this summer, only this time, the clock turned back 100 years to tell her origin story. Like her comic book counterpart, Gal Gadot's Diana had spent her whole life on Themyscira, unaware of what the outside world was like. But when Chris Pine's Steve Trevor crash-landed on the mythical island, Diana escorted him back to Europe so that she could kill Ares and bring an early close to World War I. Her mission didn't go as anticipated, but in the end, she did kill the God of War and become the hero she was destined to be. In the present day, Wonder Woman is now fighting alongside other mighty heroes to protect Earth, but what she was up to between World War I and now is a mystery.
Officially, Warner Bros and DC haven't released any details about what to expect from Wonder Woman 2. Unofficially, the sequel is said to take place in the 1980s, where she'll go up against the Soviet Union. It's also been rumored that Chris Pine will return as Steve Trevor, although it's difficult to imagine how that will happen since Steve sacrificed his life to destroy Doctor Poison's gas. Regardless, the approach for Diana in the DCEU will be to follow along with her contemporary adventures in the Justice League movies and other ensemble stories, while her solo films will be reserved for exploring her past.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on how Wonder Woman 2 is progressing. In the meantime, you can look forward to Diana swinging her sword and the Lasso of Truth again when Justice League comes out on November 17.