Wonder Woman is on track to make more than $100 million domestically in its opening weekend, and with stellar reviews almost across the board it seems likely that it’ll get a sequel.
But as DC and Warner Bros. look ahead to the future of the character, there’s already a flurry of confusion surrounding the potential sequel. First and foremost, it hasn’t been confirmed, contrary to reports from earlier this year. Producer Zack Snyder allegedly announced that Wonder Woman would be getting a sequel while attending the film’s premiere last month, but Warner Bros. hasn’t confirmed those details. Polygon has reached out to the studio for comment.
A recent profile in The Hollywood Reporter seemed to confirm that another stand-alone Wonder Woman movie is in the works, with star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins contractually obligated to return for a second film. Despite that, comments from DC cinematic universe producer Charles Roven and Jenkins herself aren’t as sure.
In an interview with Cinema Blend, Roven said they were trying to focus on this Wonder Woman for the time being. His statement seemed to suggest that the sequel is still in flux.
“Nothing has been written,” Roven said. “We really want to focus on this movie, and I think the result of this movie is going to really define what the future of Wonder Woman is in the movies, other than the fact that you know that she’s in Justice League. And we’re really happy about that!”
Operating under the assumption that another Wonder Woman movie will get made — and there’s no reason DC and Warner Bros. wouldn’t want to continue with the success they’ve seen — the biggest question is when the sequel will take place.
Wonder Woman ends with the end of World War I, nearly a century before the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman’s introduction into the DC Universe. Roven recently confirmed that it would be difficult for movies to exist within the DC cinematic universe in the space between Batman v Superman and Justice League, confirming the latter takes place almost directly after the former.
That means a Wonder Woman sequel would have to exist before the events of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman or post-Justice League, in a more contemporary setting. In an interview with Uproxx, Jenkins said that if she returned to the character she would want it to exist as another period piece.
“It is for sure [set in the 100 years prior],” Jenkins said. “I’m definitely planning something more interesting using that period of time. Definitely, it’s the plan. I can’t say what it is! But it’s definitely right in the pocket of what you’re talking about.”
That contradicts what The Hollywood Reporter suggested, claiming that Warner Bros. wants the sequel to exist within a contemporary setting.
“And if it all goes according to plan, Jenkins is more than ready to return to the character for a contemporary-set Wonder Woman sequel (she and Gadot are contractually committed to a second film),” the article reads.
Unfortunately, no one knows what’s going on in the Wonder Woman sequel. More information is expected to be released in the coming months — hopefully at San Diego Comic-Con — but for now, all of the studio’s focus is on Wonder Woman itself.
Wonder Woman is currently playing in theaters.