Trilogies are like a reflex for superhero franchises. Every arc has to be plotted across three movies in the minds of moviegoers and producers. It feels natural and has been the case since Richard Donner’s Superman.
Patty Jenkins must feel the same way. Wonder Woman 1984 has another year and some change until its release date and Jenkins is already considering a third film.
She told Vanity Fair:
“I have pretty clear plans for ‘Wonder Woman 3’. Whether I [direct] it or not, I see how her arc should end in my incarnation of Wonder Woman. I have great passion for that.”
Where she could take Diana next is anyone’s guess. Jenkins is keeping any specifics to herself at this stage but now the tease is out there.
Seeing how working on Thor: The Dark World didn’t take off back when for her, it’s encouraging to see her invested in a thorough vision for Wonder Woman from start to finish. She and Gal Gadot have made Diana Prince the bright spot thus far in a very mixed up universe.
For now, we have Wonder Woman 1984 to look forward to (among other films in a dominantly female slate). Intricate details haven’t been made fully public. All we know is the setting, foe (Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig), and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is poised to return.
Most are banking on it being a success just as the first one was in 2017. Wonder Woman grossed over $821 million worldwide. Its domestic take ($412.5 million) was the bulk of its gross and even greater than Aquaman ($308.5 mill. to date), putting it at the top of the heap financially for DC’s Extended Universe in the US.
Jenkins just better hope the studio doesn’t talk her into a third film. That proposition was a death sentence for Supes and Batman, respectively, decades ago.
And it doesn’t look like she will get talked into doing things the studios way. She touched on that subject with Vanity Fair.
“They all wanted me to do their thing,” Jenkins noted. “It wasn’t until I had success that I felt like I suddenly could really see the sexism in the world, and in the industry. People weren’t interested in talking about those kinds of stories,” stories like Fauna Hodel’s I Am The Night, which Jenkins is adapting to television with Chris Pine.
Jenkins also revealed that with her success on Wonder Woman and Monster, a lot more opportunities are opening up.
“I think people are realizing there’s money to be made with these other stories that they may not totally understand, and that is incredible.”
“I feel like, ‘Oh, my God, there’s so many stories that I want to tell. Maybe I can actually get them made now.”
Wonder Woman 1984, originally slated for November of this year, won’t be out until June of 2020.