MOVIE NEWS – Patty Jenkins is done with the past of Wonder Woman.
While the first Wonder Woman was set during World War I, then the upcoming sequel takes place in 1984, Wonder Woman 3 will be probably set in modern day. Director Patty Jenkins spoke about this during the promotion of her new TNT series, I Am the Night. It’s true, that nothing is set in stone just yet, but it’s still definitely a probability that her desire for a contemporary story in Wonder Woman 3 may eventually come to fruition.
Wonder Woman was a huge success back in 2017. Jenkins made a feminist superhero movie that was also just extremely thrilling and very fun to watch. Besides that, Patty Jenkins also proved that there may be still hope for the DC Extended Universe even after many failures including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. The second movie, Wonder Woman 1984 (also helmed by Jenkins), will be out next summer and so hopefully after that Jenkins direct Wonder Woman 3 as well. While nothing is certain, she clearly has plans for whenever the time comes. She spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her ideas for the third movie, and she revealed that a modern setting would be a welcome change of period. “I’m not set, but I’m not doing another period piece,” Jenkins told the journalists. She also added that she could even see the third film being set in the future:
“It’s definitely one of the things we talked about. I’m not planning to put it in the past again, because where are you going to go? You have to go forward. It’s definitely a contemporary story. That’s all I can say. Where we put it and how that gets figured out, I haven’t totally nailed down.”
Jenkins did incredibly well in directing a period-set story for Wonder Woman, delivering us a perfect origin for the titular hero as well as introducing the character into the dangerous setting of the First World War. And while we don’t even know much yet about Wonder Woman 1984 aside from the obvious year that it will be set in, there’s still plenty of avenues that Jenkins could take for the third installment. The lasso-wielding superhero, of course, stood alongside Superman and Batman in Dawn of Justice and Justice League, but Jenkins would surely take a very unique approach if she were to take Wonder Woman back into the modern day. Jenkins also revealed her opinion on whether or not she would be up helming a DC team-up movie.
“The Justice League movie, I find those movies to be extremely challenging. I think they are fantastic when they are well done,” said Jenkins. “But taking on all of those characters at the same time in the timeline. … I sort of hope that we don’t do a Justice League movie for a little while because I’m excited to see all of their movies. I want to see Aquaman 2, I want to see Flash.”
Jenkins’ mindset when it comes to the DC ensemble films is by no means unmotivated. Warner Bros. and DC Films have been attempting to match the stature of Marvel by jumpstarting their team-up movies before having even established many of the central characters. Seeing that Justice League was an utter disaster, it would make sense to see a few more solo movies like The Flash, Aquaman 2 or even the very ever-troubled Batman spinoff. Luckily DC has made huge strides with the success of Aquaman, and so hopefully Wonder Woman 1984 next year will also help to keep them moving down the right path.
Patty Jenkins has become a signature part of the DC Extended Universe. Wonder Woman helped the troubled superhero universe to stay afloat, and also reaffirmed Jenkins’ talent as a director. And with I Am the Night having just premiered a few days ago to widespread acclaim, she is only continuing to impress us. It may be a little while before we see what Wonder Woman 3 will look like exactly, but there’s no doubt fans can have the utmost confidence in Jenkins to bring them something special. Wonder Woman 1984 is set to hit theaters on June 5th, 2020.
Source: Hollywood Reporter