Published On: Sat, Mar 10th, 2018

'Wonder Woman' 2: Everything We Know So Far

Amid the superhero boom of the late 2010s, Warner Bros. set a precedent last summer with Wonder Woman, a record-breaking action epic led by newcomer Gal Gadot.

The film quickly became one of DC Universe’s biggest critical and commercial hits to date, drawing in near-universal praise and a staggering $ 821.8 million worldwide. And with the sequel on the horizon, anticipation is high for the franchise to keep pace.

Over a year out from its release date, details about the next installment remain sparse, but fans seem hungry for whatever updates they can find. So, here’s everything we know so far.

 

  • 1

    It’s Set for Release in 2019

    Though originally billed with a December 19, 2019 release date, the film has since been bumped six weeks earlier, to November 1.

  • 2

    Patty Jenkins Will Return to Direct

    Following her milestone turn directing Wonder Woman last summer, Jenkins will return to helm the film’s sequel — and this time with a major boost in salary. With a reported deal in the $ 7 million to $ 9 million range, she’ll be the highest-paid female filmmaker in history.

  • 3

    Kristen Wiig Will Play the Villainous Cheetah

    Jenkins confirmed via Twitter in March that Kristen Wiig will join the cast as Cheetah, a feline-esque antagonist whose increased speed, strength, and agility make her a worthy foil for the ever-powerful Diana. By day, she’s a wealthy archaeologist named Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva; By night, she’s one of Wonder Woman‘s most iconic foes.

    According to Vulture, Minerva is obsessed with Diana’s Themysciran heritage, which leads the pair to go head-to-head on various occasions.

    The Bridesmaids star comes from a predominantly comedy-oriented background, so it will be a change of pace to watch her tackle a big action role.

  • 3

    Brett Ratner Won’t Be Involved

  • 4

    It Will Be Set in America

    Jenkins told Entertainment Weekly last April that the sequel will bring Diana and co. to America. “The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right,” she said. “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”

  • 6

    And Amid the Cold War of the 1980s

    According to both Screen Rant and The Hollywood Reporter, the film will flash forward a few decades to the 1980s, amid the then-ongoing Cold War.

    This jives with what Jenkins told the Toronto Sun last April. “I’d like to bring [Wonder Woman] a little farther along into the future and have a fun, exciting storyline that is its own thing,” she said.

  • 7

    Chris Pine Might Return

    Despite his character, Steve Trevor, being killed in the first movie, Screen Rant also reports there’s a chance Pine will reprise his part in the sequel. It’s unclear how exactly the movie would bring him back, but the Wonder Woman universe has its fair share of quasi-immortal beings. At the very least, there might be room for a flashback.

  • 8

    The Film Will Feature Another “Great Love Story”

    During an interview with Variety‘s Playback podcast in November, Jenkins said love will continue to play a central role.

    “I did very much want to get to love — because that’s what [Wonder Woman] stands for — and the complexity of what we’re facing,” she said of the first film. “[The sequel] has great fun from the start and great big superhero presence from the start, and is funny and a great love story again, and a couple new unbelievable characters who I’m so excited about, who are very different than were in the last movie.”

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