Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman earned critical acclaim, and commercial success, with its story of a young Diana discovering the dangers lurking beyond her island home. But director Patty Jenkins promises the 2019 sequel will depict the “classic” Wonder Woman who’s more familiar to audiences.
“The greatest thing about making this movie was the fact that you’re really building to the Wonder Woman that we all love, but not until the end of the movie,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “The most exciting thing about [the sequel] is literally seeing her loose in the world now, living those classic stories. Here’s Wonder Woman, and what can she do? It should be a totally different movie, but a grand and now full-blown Wonder Woman in the world.”
Wonder Woman is still gathering a lot of attention, recently crossing $800 million worldwide and gathering Oscar buzz for Best Picture and Best Director. “It’s wonderful, it’s what you hope for,” Jenkins said of the film’s success. “You work so hard on [films] for so long, everybody that makes them hopes for success in every way they can possibly get it. So it’s felt very lucky and incredible to get both.”
The director also revealed her thoughts on why Wonder Woman resonated with with audiences and critics alike. “It’s actually been interesting seeing peoples’ reactions to this,” Jenkins said. “Particularly women coming up and saying, ‘That action scene was made for me! I don’t even like action movies!’ There is something about this movie that felt like it was speaking to [women] more than they had seen before because of the point of view being slightly different. I think that has been remarkable.”
Available now on digital HD and Sept. 19 on Blu-ray and DVD, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Ares, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison, and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy. You can catch Wonder Woman in action next in Justice League, which arrives on November 17. The Wonder Woman sequel is set to hit theaters on Dec.13, 2019.
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