‘Wonder Woman’ sequel coming out sooner than expected
The Amazonian warrior princess and the Force-infused Jedis will not be battling at the box office. Despite earlier reports that the “Wonder Woman” sequel and “Star Wars: Episode IX” would be released in theaters the same weekend – Dec. 20, 2019 – it appears that the competition seemed ill-advised.
Warner Bros. has just announced that it will be opening the next Wonder Woman movie six weeks earlier on Nov. 1, 2019. While the film will undoubtedly perform even better than the original, this earlier date allows fans of both franchises to not have to make a “Sophie’s Choice” at the ticket booth. Moreover, the original film spent several weeks atop the box office this summer and, if history is any indication, the sequel should do the same. Spreading out the two movies makes sense for both studios.
At the moment, no other big budget blockbuster is slated for that weekend. However, the next James Bond film is due out the following week on Nov. 8, setting up a showdown between the superhero and the super-spy during the Thanksgiving movie season that year.
Work on the “Wonder Woman” sequel has already begun. Both Israeli actress Gal Gadot and American director Patty Jenkins have signed on. “We’ve got a cool idea for the second one,” said Geoff Johns of DC Films.
Added Jenkins: “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,” Jenkins told the Toronto Sun. “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.”
One strong theory circulating online is that the sequel will take place in the 1980s, which would give Wonder Woman a Cold War foe. (We here at From The Grapevine have even gone so far as recommending six trends from the 1980s that the sequel should embrace.)
The original “Wonder Woman” broke multiple records. The movie has made nearly a billion dollars worldwide and was recently ranked as the best superhero movie of all time. The Academy Awards is considering it for a Best Picture nod, potentially setting it up to be the first superhero flick to ever take home that award.
Meanwhile, for those of us who just can’t wait two more years, have no fear: Gadot’s Wonder Woman character is returning to theaters this weekend (yes, this weekend!) with the highly anticipated release of the “Justice League” movie.
In both “Justice League” and the “Wonder Woman” franchise, Gadot sees a broader message for life offscreen. “In the real world, we don’t fight monsters, we don’t have alien attacks. It’s us creating the problem,” Gadot said during a “Justice League” press conference this month. “I think it would’ve been wonderful if us humans could get together and come together, and just be and do good to each other, and try to make to make the world a better place.”