Now that Justice League has come and gone with just a little bit of controversy, people are turning their eyes to the DC films on the horizon. One of those movies is Wonder Woman 2, and director Patty Jenkins was recently on the Variety podcast The Playback and talked a bit about the new movie.
Wonder Woman, which has become one of the biggest movies of the year, is currently in the running for awards as Warner Bros. sent out "for your consideration" screeners to critics. The sequel is just under two years away, but Jenkins and company will be starting production sooner rather than later — so they must have an idea of what the sequel will be. One thing it will definitely have is the theme of love — not just romantic, but love the love of humanity — that made the first one so good. Jenkins says:
"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."
It sounds like romantic love isn't out of the question, despite the fact that Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is (spoiler) gone and Diana is still affected by his death. Jenkins talks about her plans for the next movie and how she plans to address the third act problems that Wonder Woman had.
"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."
While the first movie was very good, it wouldn't do anyone any good if they just remade it a second time. So Jenkins is looking to balance between keeping the things that people liked from the first one and adding new things.
"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."
That also seems to hint that there won't be much or any crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe. Rumors currently suggest that this movie will take place during the Cold War, so it makes sense that we wouldn't see any Justice League members. Plus, Wonder Woman is the only universally praised part of the DCEU; it makes sense they would want to keep it relatively separate for now.
Wonder Woman 2, directed by Patty Jenkins, stars Gal Gadot and will be released on November 1st, 2019.