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Wonder Woman sequel: Release date, cast, plot and rumors

Gal Gadot returns as the legendary Amazon heroine, and she's taking on a fur-ocious Wonder Woman nemesis in a very colorful decade.


You can't stop Wonder Woman. She's coming back for a sequel.

Warner Bros.

Warning: Spoilers and speculation about Wonder Woman sequel ahead. 

She's a Wonder. Forget the invisible-jet-flying Wonder Woman from the delightfully cheesy SuperFriends cartoon. Fans met an entirely new heroine in the 2017 blockbuster feature.

With Gal Gadot in the lead role, the heroic Amazon finally landed a full-on film of her own, and some critics call it the best feature ever in the DC film universe. (Batman v Superman will have to console itself with its shelf full of Razzies.) The film was the third-highest-grossing movie of 2017, behind only Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Wonder Woman proved, once and for all, that female superheroes can headline their own movie, if it's done well. Seems ridiculous  this was ever a question, but as Deadline wrote, "there seemed (to be) a reason studios put capes mostly on men, because it was thought they were the rabid fan base that camped out early and came back often and made huge opening weekends." 

Welcome to the 21st century, filmmakers, where men and women can be equally devoted fans of both male and female heroes.

A sequel was inevitable, because DC execs are no dummies. Fans worried at first about whether director Patty Jenkins would return for the second film, but she signed on in September 2017. Variety reports Jenkins will earn around $8 million to direct, produce and work on the script, which would make her the highest-paid female director of all time.

Release date, production info

The Wonder Woman sequel is scheduled for a Nov. 1, 2019 release, moved up from December 2019 to avoid competing with Star Wars: Episode IX. According to The Washington Post, filming will begin this month.

There's no news on a title yet, so we're just calling it Wonder Woman 2 for now. But if other DC films offer a clue as to what it'll be called, it could be as bland as 2006's Superman Returns, or something more ominous, like 2012's The Dark Knight Rises.

Jenkins is working on the script, but she's not alone. She's writing along with Geoff Johns, president and chief creative officer of DC Comics, and screenwriter Dave Callaham.

Cast: Who's who?

Returning characters

Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

New faces

Kristen Wiig as supervillain Cheetah

Pedro Pascal, in an unknown role

Plot news, rumors and theories

Don't be a Cheetah! Director Patty Jenkins confirmed on Twitter in March that Kristen Wiig will star as the supervillain Cheetah, calling Wiig "sensationally talented." Cheetah has long been a nemesis of Wonder Woman, with four different incarnations since her 1943 debut. (In 2001, a man briefly took on the title of Cheetah, but the other three have been women.) Early Cheetahs were just women in costumes, but more recent versions morph into a human-cheetah hybrid and have enhanced strength and agility, plus deadly claws and fangs. It seems likely Wiig's version of Cheetah will be most like archaeologist Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva, but there's also no need for the film to stick closely to any comics story.

Totally awesome '80s:  Variety cites Jenkins saying the film will be set in that totally tubular decade of the 1980s. Gnarly! But also, serious! Screenrant says the new movie "will send Diana against the forces of Soviet Union in the closing days of the Cold War." 

Pining for Pine: Will Chris Pine, who played Steve Trevor in the first film, be back? Spoiler ahead: He sacrificed himself in the first film, so it would seem ... difficult. But anything goes in comic resurrections (just ask thawed-out Captain America over at Marvel). There are already plenty of rumors Pine will be back, perhaps in flashback form, or playing one of Trevor's descendants.

Seventies superstar: Until Gadot came along, the iconic on-screen Wonder Woman was Lynda Carter, who starred in the 1970s television series. Could Carter make a cameo appearance in the sequel? In early 2018, Jenkins was asked about that. "We'll see," she told Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart. "Lynda is one of the dearest people to us, has been a great mentor and dear friend. And we actually desperately tried to get her in the first one and we had the scheduling that couldn't work, so she's always been a part of our Wonder Woman family. We won't say anything yet, but we certainly -- there's no lack of trying."

She's coming to America: The first film was set in wartime Europe, but for this one, the star-spangled superhero is coming to the good ol' USA. ""The story will take place in the US, which I think is right," Jenkins told Entertainment Weekly. "She's Wonder Woman. She's got to come to America. It's time."

Reunited, and it feels so good: Pedro Pascal, star of Netflix show Narcoshas been cast in an as-yet unrevealed role. Director Jenkins and Pascal worked together on the 2015 TV movie Exposed. But Game of Thrones fans will know Pascal for his role as dashing but doomed Oberyn Martell.

Cheetah, but no copycat: Jenkins told Entertainment Tonight the two films won't march in lockstep. "We're actually making a totally different film with a lot of the same ... things that we love, but (the sequel is) its own movie completely," she said. 

Rumored Riz? There's also a rumor that Riz Ahmed, star of HBO's The Night Of, is being pursued for a role, based on a statement made by The Tracking Board's Editor in Chief Jeff Sneider during a March podcast. Ahmed is also in this year's Venom, which may mean he's too busy to pick up another major superhero movie.