Yesterday the first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 dropped, giving us our first taste of what to expect from Diana of Themyscira’s next solo adventure. But even with the sequel still six months away from release, director Patty Jenkins is already looking ahead to not just the superheroine’s future, but also her entire mythology. Because as it turns out, Jenkins is mulling over making a spinoff about the Amazons.
We already knew that Wonder Woman 3 was in the works, but Patty Jenkins also revealed that there’s a story “on the table” for the denizens of Themyscira too. Speaking about both the Wonder Woman threequel and this Amazons project, Jenkins said:
We actually already know the whole story to it. It’s just a matter of, will we change our minds, and when [to make it]. I think what we don't want to do is do it back to back. It's been great doing these two movies back to back, but I think it's important to give it a little rest in between. And I like doing other things in between. And Gal has other things to do. I never want to make decisions too far in advance. We have to see if we both feel like making the movie we think we want to make when the moment comes.
Patty Jenkins addressed the possibility of an Amazons spinoff with The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the Wonder Woman 1984 panel at CCPX yesterday. Judging by the above comment, it sounds like this particular project isn’t cemented just yet, but Jenkins and Gal Gadot have given it a lot of thought. Should it move forward though, if Jenkins is willing to wait a little longer to deliver Wonder Woman 3 compared to the turnaround time on Wonder Woman 1984, it sounds like the Amazons spinoff could be a long ways off from becoming a reality.
It’s possible that Patty Jenkins and the Warner Bros executives want to wait and see how Wonder Woman 1984 performs before making a decision about this Amazons spinoff. If the sequel is successful, that obviously bodes well for Wonder Woman 3 moving forward, but it might also be enough to push the Amazons off on their own, separate narrative path. If that happens, then the question becomes which Amazon(s) would the spinoff focus on?
We got our first cinematic taste of the Amazons in the 2017 Wonder Woman movie when we watched Diana’s upbringing on Themyscira, particularly under her mother, Queen Hippolyta, and her aunt, Antiope. When the German soldiers following Steve Trevor invaded the island, the Amazons made quick work of them, although Antiope died during the skirmish. Diana then decided to accompany Steve back to the outside world to kill Ares so that World War I ended, and as far as we know, she hasn’t been back home since.
Hippolyta and the Amazons briefly returned in Justice League to fight off Steppenwolf’s forces and prevent the Apokoliptan general from stealing the Mother Box that they’d protected for millennia, but they were unsuccessful. Obviously Wonder Woman 1984 takes place in between the events of Wonder Woman and Justice League, and the trailer indicated we’ll get flashbacks to Diana’s childhood on Themyscira. Whether the Amazons will factor into the main storyline remains to be seen.
Wonder Woman wouldn’t be the only superhero to get a spinoff movie. Aquaman is also getting such treatment with The Trench, which will spotlight the monstrous creatures Arthur Curry and Mera had to tangle with in one of the Aquaman movie’s most memorable sequences. And while he was only indirectly referenced in Shazam!, Black Adam, one of the World’s Mightest Mortal’s greatest adversaries, will snag the cinematic spotlight in late 2021.
For now, you can look forward to Wonder Woman 1984 opening in theaters on June 5, 2020. Don’t forget to look through our DC movies guide to learn what else this superhero franchise has coming down the pipeline.