Why Wonder Woman 2 Doesn't Really Feel Like A Sequel, According To Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman climbing up ladder in World War I

Wonder Woman had an eventful 2017. First, moviegoers saw what Diana of Themyscira's first time in man's world was like in the Wonder Woman standalone movie, and five months later, we reunited with the present day Diana in Justice League. While both movies were key to the character's development, the origin story was unquestionably the more successful one, as evidenced by its incredible critical and commercial performance. Wonder Woman 2 is already well into development, but according to Patty Jenkins, rather than feel like a direct sequel to the first Wonder Woman movie, this follow-up is being made to stand on its own. As Jenkins put it:

We're actually making a totally different film with a lot of the same, similar like things that we love, but it's its own movie completely, so it's not '2' to us. It's an entirely new adventure together that we couldn't be luckier [to do].

Wonder Woman 2 was officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, and two months later, Patty Jenkins finalized a deal to not only reprise her directing duties, but also work on the script with Geoff Johns, with David Callaham later joining the duo. Jenkins and her team are still a ways out from beginning principal photography, but as she indicated above, Wonder Woman 2 will take steps to ensure that it will feel like a different theatrical experience, though it will still retain elements that make it feel like a proper Wonder Woman movie.

It makes me wonder if Wonder Woman 2 is being designed so that hypothetically, one could check it out without having seen Wonder Woman (even though the first movie is definitely worth several watches), much like how it's possible to enjoy The Dark Knight without having seen Batman Begins. While speaking to ET at the Palm Springs Film Festival, Jenkins and Gal Gadot also reiterated their interest in including Lynda Carter, the 1970s TV Wonder Woman, in the sequel, although it will all come down to making sure that scheduling isn't an obstacle like it was last time.

Officially, DC and Warner Bros are keeping mum on what to expect from Wonder Woman 2. Unofficially, it was reported last summer that the sequel would be another period piece, only instead of taking place immediately after World War I, it would jump forward approximately seven decades and show Diana battling Soviet Union forces in the final years of the Cold War. That same report also alleged that Chris Pine would reprise Steve Trevor, which would be strange since Steve sacrificed himself during Wonder Woman. It remains to be seen if Wonder Woman 2 will stay in the past or follow up on Diana's post-Justice League exploits, but given how popular Gal Gadot's iteration of the character has become, you can bet people will come in droves to see her next story regardless of setting.

Wonder Woman 2 hits theaters on November 1, 2019. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on how the sequel is progressing, and check out our DC movies guide to see what other projects the DCEU has coming up.

Adam Holmes
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Connoisseur of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, John Wick, MonsterVerse and Doctor Who lore. He's aware he looks like Harry Potter and Clark Kent.