‘Wonder Woman’ sequel may be Cold War era thriller with a return from Chris Pine: report
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
This year’s “Wonder Woman” film received so much praise that calls for a sequel sounded off almost immediately.
Director Patty Jenkins, who hadn’t directed a feature film since 2003’s “Monster,” may be in the conversation for Best Director at next year’s Oscars for her work on the film. The same praise was heaped on Gal Gadot for her portrayal of the leading lady, Amazonian princess/demigod Diana Prince.
According to production details on a sequel obtained by ScreenRant, “Wonder Woman 2” may take place in the 1980s, amid the Cold War. The shocker, though, is that Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor may return, despite his heroic and sacrificial feat at the end of the first film.
Instead of helping to end the Great War in the trenches of No Man’s Land, Trevor may, in fact, be intercepting Russian intelligence circa the 1980s.
But what does that mean for Diana Prince — whose superhero life was molded by that fateful night in World War I? Would it suggest that Diana “needs” a leading male actor in a sequel — this when she stood forcefully against Lex Luthor and his mutant creation in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” among other onscreen accomplishments?
It also cuts to the core of an issue many film franchises face: how to brandish A-listers who could sell tickets, but met an unfortunate fate in their last respective movie.
Sadly, most of these questions cannot be answered as of yet. But with Jenkins reportedly working on a treatment for the film, alongside DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, it’s likely that a Jenkins-helmed movie will be surging into theaters within the next couple of years.
Diana will next bow in Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s film “Justice League,” due out on Nov. 17.
It may be DC’s strategy to keep the standalone “Wonder Woman” movies apart from the critical and contemporary DCEU films. While they were successful commercially, both “BvS” and “Suicide Squad” were panned by critics.
“Wonder Woman,” on the other hand, is “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes and has earned nearly $750 million worldwide thus far.
To continue the short win streak, DC may look to plant Diana in the subversive world of Cold War reconnoitering. Then, perhaps Pine, who once played spy Jack Ryan in “Shadow Recruit,” will return — in some capacity — to help the love of his life, the fearless warrior princess. Maybe he’ll be resurrected, or maybe he’ll be a nephew of the fallen soldier. Possibilities, of course, are endless.