Assuming Warner Bros. decides to make it, Patty Jenkins knows where she wants to go with Wonder Woman 3. Jenkins very successfully directed the first entry in the franchise and, even though it took a lot of negotiating, eventually signed on to helm next year's sequel, Wonder Woman 1984. While it would certainly be a few years down the road, it's hard to imagine a scenario in which a third movie doesn't get made. Luckily, Jenkins is prepared.
Patty Jenkins has been making the press rounds to promote her new TV series I Am the Night, which reunites her with Wonder Woman star Chris Pine. During a recent interview, she was asked about the prospect of Wonder Woman 3. At this point in time, she clearly can't say much, but the filmmaker assured she has plans for the eventual third movie. Though, she may not wind up directing it herself. Here's what Jenkins had to say about it.
"I have pretty clear plans for Wonder Woman 3. Whether I [direct] it or not, I see how her arc should end in my incarnation of Wonder Woman. I have a great passion for that."
There are a few things to dissect there. Most importantly, Patty Jenkins has a vision for where the story would ultimately go. That is crucial. Often times, the best franchises/trilogies have clear plans, in terms of story and the messier ones are flying by the seat of their pants. But she does cast some doubt as to whether or not she would return to direct. Would Wonder Woman 3 be the same without her?
Granted, Warner Bros. would surely do everything they could to keep her on board and, even if Patty Jenkins didn't direct, she would be involved creatively at least as a producer and, so it would seem, with the story. So, why not return to direct? For one, these movies are massive undertakings and they take at least a couple of years to complete. After doing two in a row, Jenkins may want a break. Not only that, but thanks to the success of Wonder Woman, and Hollywood's shift to embrace female directors, she may finally be able to get some of her other projects going.
"I think people are realizing there's money to be made with these other stories that they may not totally understand, and that is incredible. I feel like, 'Oh, my God, there's so many stories that I want to tell. Maybe I can actually get them made now."
Despite the fact that Charlize Theron won an Oscar for it, Patty Jenkins didn't direct a movie for more than a decade following 2003's Monster. Now that she's got some heat behind her, as a filmmaker, she's surely got some stories she'd like to tell outside the confines of the DC universe. And it would be hard to blame her for wanting to do that. In any case, it sounds like the future of Diana Prince is in good hands. This news was first reported by Vanity Fair.