When a superhero movie is announced, there's almost always the assumption that it won't be a one-and-done. The producers hope such a project will become a successful franchise. We've seen it for characters like Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Batman, Superman and Spider-Man.
Now, it's time for one of the most popular and incredible superheroes around to take her franchise spotlight: Wonder Woman.
The character's solo film is just a little over two months away, but director Patty Jenkins has already outlined its sequel. Speaking to the Toronto Sun, the director shared her vision for a Wonder Woman 2, which is all about Diana coming to America and battling injustice in the present, as opposed to the current film's World War I setting:
“I’m excited for her to come to America and become the Wonder Woman we are all familiar with from having grown up around her as an American superhero. I’d like to bring her a little farther along into the future and have a fun, exciting storyline that is its own thing. 'Wonder Woman 1' is so much about her becoming the person she is. I can’t wait to spring forward with who she is and have another great standalone superhero film.”
You may be wondering: if Jenkins had the desire to bring Wonder Woman into a modern setting, why didn't she do it with this film? The character was introduced in Batman v. Superman, which is set in present day.
There's a very valid explanation for that. Jenkins, being a longtime Wonder Woman fan, wanted to start her first project with the character's origin story. As she revealed:
“I always thought the origin story would be the great way to go. I love origin superhero stories and I love the simplicity you can have with that journey. Also, there was the fact that no one had done her story and the fact that I love her. So it was a treasure trove of potential.”
But Wonder Woman's critical and financial fate is still yet to be seen, so there's uncertainty around the timeline for a second chapter. But don't worry, because according to Jenkins, even if the sequel takes a little while to be greenlit, she's more than willing to work on a number of different DC properties. Given her amazing style, I see no problem in that. She feels very excited about the future of the live-action DC Universe, telling the Sun:
“I think there’s a lot of directors doing cool things. I know the storylines for a lot of the films they are working on and they are all vastly different, with very different tones and very different styles of storytelling. ... Jason (Momoa) is off to shoot 'Aquaman' right now and that’s such a cool story. It’s got its own separate vibe. I’m excited to see each of these films.”
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The fact that Jenkins is already talking about a sequel just goes to show us how in love and invested she is in the property. In times where directors can be wary of taking on superhero sagas, Jenkins' excitement to continue not only with Wonder Woman, but with an open pantheon of characters, is quite exciting.
Plus, the concept she wants to apply to Wonder Woman 2 sounds very promising. To dedicate an entire film set in present day for this character who is used to living in the shadows, would be a great exploration. Hopefully, Wonder Woman becomes a success and Jenkins gets to carry on her vision for the franchise.
Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2, 2017.
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[Source: Toronto Sun]