You could argue 2018 has been the year of Marvel domination, with the likes of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Deadpool 2 hogging a significant chunk of box office sales and audience buzz over the past few months. However, there’s one superhero from the DC Extended Universe preparing for an almighty comeback who’s likely to smash every single cape-wearer out of the water and into the stratosphere with her ferocious female power – that superhero is Wonder Woman.
What with the first Wonder Woman reboot seeing such success in 2017, it’s no surprise the fandom is getting a sequel. Although Wonder Woman 2 won’t be dropping until November 1 2019, Warner Bros. Pictures is already rousing our inner warriors with the release of some first-look production photos. With this in mind, we think it’s about time we went for a ride on the hype train by ranking all of the reasons we’re excited for the movie’s release. The future of justice begins with her!
You might argue the news that Gal Gadot (Furious 7) reprising her role as Wonder Woman is the most exciting news, but since we’ve already knew this, we think it deserves to be at the top of this list to make way for more exciting updates. (That’s not to say you can’t do a little celebration dance at Gadot returning as the former Amazon Princess – we won’t judge!)
Jenkins also returns
Yes, director Patty Jenkins (Monster) – who was at the helm for the first Wonder Woman – will continue her role behind the camera for the sequel. Since last year, she’s been working hard crafting the story and screenplay with Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham. In a tantalizing tease of the sequel, Jenkins described it as an enjoyable fun movie, but one that turns to some very big issues in the third act that will aim to add weight and profundity. “Because that’s a formula that I really like, and I like the idea of taking somebody on a very solid, great journey but that arrives at a bigger question being answered.”
Wonder Woman’s got stiff competition
We’re excited to see how Wonder Woman 2 will fare next to the release of the female-fronted Captain Marvel, also set for release in 2019. The buzz surrounding the latter movie has been louder than a thousand tribe calls, meaning the Amazon princess has got some stiff competition coming her way. It’s the ultimate female-led Marvel vs. DC showdown and we’re going to be living for it!
Wonder Woman, meet Javier
We were stoked at the recent news Narcos’s Pedro Pascal – who plays the DEA agent Javier Peña in Netflix’s crime drama – has landed a role in the Wonder Woman sequel. His character details are being kept under wraps, but either way we have no doubt he will slay in whatever role he takes on.
A Cheetah never changes its Wiig
First up, you should know that in the second instalment, Wonder Woman will be up against her comic book enemy Cheetah. Secondly, you should know that the role of Cheetah will be filled by none other than comedy star Kristen Wiig (Downsizing). No doubt she’ll bring some lighthearted humor to the role.
First-look photos reveal Pine’s return
Yes, the first-look photos released by Warner Bros. today reveal the movie will indeed feature the return of Chris Pine (Star Trek) as Diana’s love interest from the first film, Steve Trevor. The news we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived via some photos of Pine looking rather sheepish in some 80s getup. Speaking of which . . .
The sequel’s set in 80s America
We had you with the whole Wonder Woman 2 thing – this week, Jenkins revealed the official title is Wonder Woman 1984 and the film will be set in 80s America. The director did a fantastic job at portraying the WWI setting next to the lush hidden paradise of Themyscira in the first instalment, so we can only imagine what she’s got in store this time round at a time when the turmoil between the United States and the Soviet Union was brewing.
As Refinery29 pointed out, the logo clearly echoes George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984, suggesting the film could well cover themes of authoritarianism and government control. Either way, this new setting and time frame will give the movie the chance to explore new ground and pose new challenges for Wonder Woman to overcome.
She’s an important role model for women worldwide
The prevailing reason we’re so excited Wonder Woman is making a return is because she’s an important role model for women worldwide. For years, female superheroes have taken a backseat to the male leaders, with 2017’s Wonder Woman being the first ever female-led superhero movie of the modern era. The character is a fresh, new protagonist who inspires audiences by breaking social norms and showing women can have just as much strength, determination, and confidence as their male counterparts. The 80s setting will make for the perfect time period as Gadot’s character will be given the chance to dominate as a woman in a male-centric world. Once again boys and girls will be shown the true value of her character. Not just for her gender, but as a powerful superhero to look up to.