Justice League pretty much crashed and burned (although there was one scene our critics liked a lot), so fans are looking ahead to the followup to the DCEU’s 2017 success story: director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. Diana (Gal Gadot)’s sweet and charming (and ultimately, ill-fated) romance with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) was a major part of why the Amazon princess’ first starring movie outing worked so well. One of our writers even called that central relationship the movie’s “secret weapon.”
For the next go-’round, ScreenCrush reports that Jenkins, who is also working on the script with David Callahan, told Variety’s Playback podcast that the upcoming sequel will resemble its predecessor “as a[n] ‘enjoyable, fun’ movie that culminates in more profound, weighty territory dealing with big issues”:
[I]t’s got 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.
Since Diana apparently lives in the 21st century now, and the previous film took place around WWI, we can see where those prospective differences could come into play. But there may be another change in store: After all, DC writer Greg Rucka confirmed that Wonder Woman has had relationships with women in the comics. Responding to those comments, Gal Godot told Time magazine, “What he said makes sense… She’s a woman who loves people for who they are. She can be bisexual. She loves people for their hearts.” So maybe WW could be the DCEU’s first bisexual hero—or, at the very least, perhaps the movie can highlight some of those Amazon relationships on Paradise Island. At any rate, it’ll be a long wait until the sequel’s planned release in November 2019.