With the first Wonder Woman having been set during World War I, then the upcoming sequel taking place in 1984, director Patty Jenkins revealed during the promotion of her new TNT series, I Am the Night, that she wants the third Wonder Woman film to be set in modern day. While nothing is set in stone just yet, it's definitely a possibility that her wish for a contemporary story in Wonder Woman 3 will eventually come to fruition.
Jenkins blew audiences away with Wonder Woman back in 2017. She produced a feminist superhero film that was also just incredibly thrilling and fun to watch. Not only that, Patty Jenkins proved that there was still hope for the DC Extended Universe even after the bad string of failures including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. She's bringing the second installment, Wonder Woman 1984, to audiences next summer and so hopefully after that she will move straight into Wonder Woman 3. But no matter what, she clearly has plans for whenever the time comes. She spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her ideas for the third film, revealing that a modern setting would be a welcome change of pace. "I'm not set, but I'm not doing another period piece," Jenkins explained. She went on to say that she could even see the third film being set in the future:
"It's definitely one of the things we talked about. I'm not planning to put it in the past again, because where are you going to go? You have to go forward. It's definitely a contemporary story. That's all I can say. Where we put it and how that gets figured out, I haven't totally nailed down."
Jenkins did incredibly well in delivering a period-set story for Wonder Woman, delivering a perfect origin for the titular hero as well as introducing the character into the dangerous setting of the First World War. And while we don't even know much yet about Wonder Woman 1984 aside from the obvious year that it will be set in, there's still plenty of avenues that Jenkins could take for the third installment. The lasso-wielding superhero, of course, stood alongside Superman and Batman in Dawn of Justice and Justice League, but Jenkins would surely take a very unique approach if she were to take Wonder Woman back into the modern day. Jenkins also revealed her opinion on whether or not she would be up helming a DC team-up movie.
"The Justice League movie, I find those movies to be extremely challenging. I think they are fantastic when they are well done," said Jenkins. "But taking on all of those characters at the same time in the timeline. ... I sort of hope that we don't do a Justice League movie for a little while because I'm excited to see all of their movies. I want to see Aquaman 2, I want to see Flash."
Jenkins' mindset when it comes to the DC ensemble films is by no means unmotivated. Warner Bros. and DC Films have been attempting to match the stature of Marvel by jumpstarting their team-up movies before having even established many of the central characters. Seeing that Justice League was an utter disaster, it would make sense to see a few more solo movies like The Flash, Aquaman 2 or even the very ever-troubled Batman spinoff. Luckily DC has made huge strides with the success of Aquaman, and so hopefully Wonder Woman 1984 next year will also help to keep them moving down the right path.
Patty Jenkins has become a signature part of the DC Extended Universe. Wonder Woman helped the troubled superhero universe to stay afloat, and also reaffirmed Jenkins' talent as a director. And with I Am the Night having just premiered a few days ago to widespread acclaim, she is only continuing to impress us. It may be a little while before we see what Wonder Woman 3 will look like exactly, but there's no doubt fans can have the utmost confidence in Jenkins to bring them something special. Wonder Woman 1984 is set to hit theaters on June 5th, 2020. This interview comes from The Hollywood Reporter.