After breaking box-office records and a lot of expectations, Wonder Woman stands as one of the most exciting franchises in Hollywood, and while the sequel is still two-years away, director Patty Jenkins is already planning a “very different” yet “familiar” story for Wonder Woman’s second big-screen adventure.
Jenkins recently appeared on Variety’s Playback podcast and offered a small tease of what’s to come in Wonder Woman 2. Among other details, Jenkins teased a few new faces and another great love story.
“It’s really still going to other values of hers, and a similar formula insofar as making a great, enjoyable fun movie but that ultimately in its third act turns some very big issues, and a very big experience that will aim to have slightly more weight and profundity than it has to have. Because that’s a formula that I really like, and I like the idea of taking somebody on a very solid, great journey but that arrives at a bigger question being answered. So it’s like that but because she is Wonder Woman and she’s here now and she’s fully developed, it’s got great fun from the start and great big superhero presence from the start and is funny and a great love story again and a couple new unbelievable characters who I’m so excited about, who are very different than were in the last movie.”
Jenkins then goes on to reflect on some of the themes that Wonder Woman played with, including the idea of good versus evil and love overcoming hate. While this doesn’t relate to the sequel, it gives us an idea of how Patty Jenkins constructs her movies and what thematic elements the director will explore with Wonder Woman 2.
“I did very much thematically want to get to love [in Wonder Woman 1], because that’s what she stands for, and the complexity of what we’re facing. That was the thing, is like the journey of a character through our world who believes in good and evil—as we all do—facing a world ultimately that ends up showing you how unbelievably complicated it is to tackle that or conquer that in any black and white terms. And therefore how much love that requires to stay struggling to make this world a better place versus choosing hate and joining the fight that perpetuates it.”
Finally, Jenkins teased a new story for Wonder Woman 2 and some familiar elements that will carry over from the first movie. Hopefully, the Wonder Woman sequel will find the perfect balance of new elements and familiar tones and themes.
“I feel like it’s just the right amount the same world of Wonder Woman as the first movie while being a completely different story that tackles something very different but very similarly singular. One story.”
Looking at what Patty Jenkins has said about the sequel, I think it’s safe to assume that the project and character are once again in safe hands. The only question that remains is what time period the Wonder Woman sequel will explore? While I would prefer to see more of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in modern times, previous reports have stated that the sequel will be set during WWII or the Cold War. Whatever decision is made, I trust that Jenkins will deliver another excellent movie.
Wonder Woman 2 is scheduled for a 2019 release.