Wonder Woman is almost here, and its arrival will hopefully usher in a new era where female-led superhero movies are no longer considered rare. Marvel already has plans in place to debut it's first female co-led movie next year with Ant-Man & The Wasp, followed by its first female solo film the year after with Captain Marvel, but what about the one who started it all? Will there be a Wonder Woman sequel that allows the trailblazer to continue to forge a path in this brave new world of modern female-led superhero flicks?
The DC Extended Universe, the franchise of which Wonder Woman is a part, has movies planned through 2020, with a number of others having been announced with no release date yet. One of those is a Wonder Woman sequel, which producer Zack Snyder confirmed was in development earlier this month, according to Slash Film, something that studio Warner Bros. had previously been hesitant to do. And one person who definitely has ideas for the sequel is Wonder Woman's director, Patty Jenkins, who is already discussing where the next installment could potentially go. And if you like the World War I setting of the first Wonder Woman film, all I can say is not to get too attached.
In an interview with Fandango's Erik Davis, the filmmaker revealed she'd be very interested in directing a sequel. She also talked about wanting to see Wonder Woman explore more of the world, and discussed filling in some of the time gap between Wonder Woman's World War I setting and the character's appearance in the modern day Batman v Superman. "I think it's very important that she goes on to be a very international superhero. I can't wait to bring her to America as well," Jenkins said. Then, when asked if a sequel would take place in another time period, the director had this to say: "It's something that one will know soon. Like, what she has been doing all of these years, but it's definitely something I have thought a lot about."
So here's what's known: A Wonder Woman sequel is in the works, Patty Jenkins is interested in directing it, and she has some ideas about where she'd like to go with it. Now, the major question is when. It's already known that Wonder Woman herself will make her next appearance in Justice League this November, but after that, it could be some time before fans see her again. There doesn't appear to be any room in DC's schedule until at least 2020, but even then there are several other previously green-lit films — like Justice League Dark, Suicide Squad 2, The Flash, The Batman, Man of Steel 2 etc. — that would likely take precedence over the still not "officially" announced Wonder Woman 2.
The silver lining of this scenario is that two films possibly ahead of Wonder Woman 2 in the DCEU schedule are Batgirl and Gotham City Sirens, which means by the time Wonder Woman 2 rolls around, the DCEU could be chock full of female superheroes. And if that's the case, then the OG of female-led superhero movies should get a true hero's welcome by audiences when she triumphantly returns to theaters.