Hollywood has a long reputation of announcing sequels before the first film in a franchise has been released, sometimes even with a release date! A great, current example is Spider-Man: Homecoming, which has a sequel set for 2019, though the first movie doesn’t see release until July 7, 2017.
Sometimes it works out, but other times it does not. Sony also announced a series of films with release dates to follow The Amazing Spider-Man 2, including The Amazing Spider-Man 3 & 4 and The Sinister Six. None of these projects came to fruition, but this is usually the exception to the rule when such a popular character is featured.
Does this mean there are no plans for a Wonder Woman sequel at all? Probably not. DC keeps announcing new projects with smaller players like Batgirl and Dark Universe, so their slate is rather full. They may even be trying a Marvel approach. Films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are most often announced in Phases, with Marvel holding off on any Phase 4 announcements for now, as some of the titles are said to contain spoilers for the Avenger: Infinity War. Yet, you know what sequels to expect and of course Marvel Studios has plans for years, if not decades, to come.
Though Justice League was already in the works before Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was released, the studio did not announce Suicide Squad 2 until after seeing how the first film performed. This could be the case with Wonder Woman as well. DC will announce it when they are good and ready, as long as Wonder Woman is as popular a character in her own solo-movie as she was in Batman V Superman. Even witha full slate, one would think a character as A-list as Wonder Woman would be a priority for DC and Warner Bros. We may hear something before the initial film’s June release date or immediately after the box office numbers come in. I’m not worried… yet.
What’s your read on Geoff Johns? Do you think he’s being cautious in the age of under-performing DC films, or are you convinced Wonder Woman 2 is already in the cards and is being developed without fanfare? Let us know in the comments below!
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