In the summer of 2017, ‘Wonder Woman’ gave DC’s nascent cinematic universe its first bonafide critical and commercial success story. Having generated actual audience enthusiasm (as opposed to mere box office receipts) for a change, a sequel was inevitable, and in short order, the studio secured the return of director Patty Jenkins and began moving ahead with the project now dubbed ‘Wonder Woman 1984’. Whatever form Warner’s ever-shifting plans for the future of their DC film endeavors ultimately takes, we can count on Wonder Woman being a part of them.
And that future, it seems, remains firmly on the minds of those in charge of the Amazing Amazon’s big screen adventures. We’re still the better part of two years out from the release of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, but we’ve now learned that thought has already been given to Diana’s further adventures. In a conversation with Vanity Fair, the subject of Jenkins’ future – and specifically, her future with Wonder Woman – was raised. And while Jenkins is not presently attached to a third film, the prospect is very much on her mind.
“I have pretty clear plans for ‘Wonder Woman 3’. Whether I [direct] it or not, I see how her arc should end in my incarnation of Wonder Woman. I have great passion for that.”
While you could argue that this is putting the cart before the horse, this sort of forethought isn’t unusual for Jenkins, who recently revealed that Steve Trevor’s mysterious resurrection for the upcoming sequel (which she swears will make sense) was something that was conceived in the midst of production on the 2017 film. So if anything, the fact that the director already has something of a roadmap for the next film is true to form.
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ features returning stars Gal Gadot, and Chris Pine alongside newcomers Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Ravi Patel, and Gabriella Wilde. The film is set for release on June 5, 2020.