Wonder Woman has become such a worldwide phenomenon that it’s surprising a sequel has not yet been officially confirmed. Nor has director Patty Jenkins (above with Gal Gadot) been officially tapped to return, though she says she’s “excited and hopeful” about the possibility.
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 30, 2017
Still, at least we know that Gadot will reprise her role as the titular character. She became known as Diana Prince in the movie, which was set largely during World War I. We know, of course, that Wonder Woman survives to eventually appear in the modern-day Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but during what time period might a Wonder Woman sequel be set?
Asked last month if a potential sequel might take place in the modern day or sometime during the century past, Jenkins told Uproxx: “It is for sure — I’m definitely planning something more interesting using that period of time. Definitely, it’s the plan. I can’t say what it is! But it’s definitely right in the pocket of what you’re talking about.” A few weeks later, we heard that Jenkins and producer Geoff Johns were working on a treatment for a sequel; Johns said: “We’ve got a cool idea for the second one.”
Now comes word about the sequel’s time period. The movie is “set during the 1980s,” according to Screen Rant, and “will send Diana against the forces of [the] Soviet Union in the closing days of the Cold War.”
That would be a leap of more than six decades in time from the first movie. What’s even more surprising, though, especially for those who have seen Wonder Woman, is the claim that Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) will also return. Of course, we’re talking about a series that features superpowered humans and the descendants of gods, so perhaps we shouldn’t worry too much about the improbable return of a certain beloved character.
As far as the prospect of setting the movie in the 1980s, the decade has become a ripe field for filmmakers to explore. X-Men: Apocalypse, for example, was set largely in 1983. Perhaps coincidentally, in 1980 a new version of Steve Trevor joined the DC comic book universe and teamed with Wonder Woman. We’ll have to wait and see if these reports about the sequel prove to be true.