It’s never a sure thing that a director will be back for a film’s sequel. If you look at Marvel’s Phase 1, the only director to carry over to multiple films was Jon Favreau, and the rest — Kenneth Branagh, Joe Johnston, and Louis Leterrier, were all replaced in successive sequels. With shared universe, studios are often figuring things out as they go, and as they find their dynamic, they may find that a particular filmmaker’s style or vision doesn’t fit in with the system they’ve established.
With Geoff Johns taking the helm as DC Films president, it was very possible that directors who had made their mark on the DCEU in their early films, may no longer have a place there, including Patty Jenkins. However, with Wonder Woman killing it in reviews, and well on its way to box office success, more and more, it would have seemed silly if they’d nix her in favor of another director.
Speaking with THR, Jenkins confirmed that both she and Gal Gadot were contractually obligated to return for a Wonder Woman sequel, which was some obvious and solid foresight by the studio. Now that we know that the film is all kinds of solid, they’d be fools to let her go. But what would they do with a sequel? One potential route seemed to be showing Wonder Woman at various points in history — World War II or the Cold War, perhaps.
However, it sounds like Wonder Woman 2 may very well go the Captain America: The Winter Soldier route and take place in a contemporary setting. Sadly, there are no further details other than that, but we can assume that means it’ll take place after Justice League, though we have to wonder what sort of problems a modern Wonder Woman would face. When last we saw, she was basically a curator for the Louvre, and it seems that she’s a master collector of sorts. Could a sequel see her become a superhero Robert Langdon? We hope not, but whatever direction they head in, with Jenkins at the helm, we’re likely to give it some benefit of the doubt.
It’s also worth noting that this quote does go contrary to previous reports and statements from Jenkins, including one from Uproxx, where she stated:
“It is for sure [set in the 100 years prior]. 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.”
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