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Wonder Woman breathed new life into Warner Bros.’ DC franchise, delivering an epic and entertaining origin story that showed the power of having strong women on the big screen—and behind the scenes. Here’s everything we know about its highly anticipated sequel.
Wonder Woman 2 cast and news
Many fans hoped that director Patty Jenkins would return for Wonder Woman 2, and on Sept. 11 Variety confirmed that she would. The deal came after a lengthy negotiation process that took place over several months because Warner Bros. originally only hired Jenkins for one film.
Although the exact amount that Jenkins will receive for Wonder Woman 2 is unknown, her contract will include writing, directing, and producing credits along with a “substantial backend of box office grosses,” making her the highest-paid female director in Hollywood. Jenkins presumably had a lot more leverage at the negotiating table following Wonder Woman‘s massive success.
The screenplay will be co-written by three people: Jenkins, longtime DC Comics writer Geoff Johns, and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham. Callaham’s involvement was revealed on Sept. 13, disappointing fans who hoped for another woman on the film’s core creative team. That being said, it seems that Callaham was personally recruited by Patty Jenkins herself, since they already worked together on a previous project.
Unlike with Marvel Studios, where actors are habitually contracted for six movies, Warner Bros. now faces contract renegotiations with Wonder Woman herself. Gal Gadot signed up for three DC movies at $300,000 each and will presumably demand a higher salary for future performances.
Elena Anaya, who played the supervillain Dr. Poison, is contracted for multiple movies, so we may see her return. Jenkins didn’t completely rule out a comeback for Chris Pine’s character Steve Trevor, but that seems unlikely because Trevor is dead. And not the Winter Soldier kind of dead. Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright will reprise their roles as Queen Hippolyta and General Antiope in Justice League, but they haven’t been confirmed for Wonder Woman 2 yet. Oh, and Jenkins wants to recruit 1970s Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter for a cameo role! Here’s hoping.
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The new villain will be Cheetah, a character with the powers and appearance of, yes, a cheetah. There have been several iterations through the years, but the film will reportedly adapt Deborah Ann Minerva, an archaeologist who gains Cheetah’s powers using a ritual to the plant god Urzkartaga. Jenkins has confirmed Kristen Wiig will play Cheetah.
Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal has joined the cast in an undisclosed role.
Wonder Woman 2 plot
Jenkins told Entertainment Weekly that she already has a vision for Wonder Woman 2. She wants the story to take place in the U.S. Jenkins revealed at Cinemacon in April that the film will take place in the 1980s, suggesting the potential for a Cold War storyline.
Wonder Woman 2 has more creative freedom than the other DCEU movies. Jenkins and co-writers won’t have to worry about tying into big events from films like Justice League, unlike the more interconnected nature of films like The Flash.
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Wonder Woman 2 release date
Right now, the DCEU has several movies in the works. Aquaman is due out in December 2018, and Shazam (starring the Rock) is in pre-production for an April 2019 release. After that, we have an official Wonder Woman 2 release date: Nov. 1, 2019.
We expect to see solo movies for Cyborg, Batman, and the Flash , but while Cyborg is scheduled for April 2020, The Flash and The Batman may be delayed due to shake-ups within their creative teams. Warner Bros. plans to make a Green Lantern Corps movie for summer 2020 and has several other spinoffs in the works, including Gotham City Sirens, Joss Whedon‘s Batgirl, and a Suicide Squad sequel.
Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.