Patty Jenkins Explains Why ‘Wonder Woman 2’ Will Be a ‘Totally Different Movie’

Patty Jenkins is gearing up to direct her sequel to the summer’s highest-grossing film, Wonder Woman, and she says that the second outing will be a lot different from the first.

In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Jenkins said that Wonder Woman doesn’t really become the character we know and love until the very end of the first movie, and so she can’t wait to see what a different dynamic it will be to see the new Diana Prince out in the world.

“The most exciting thing about [the sequel] is literally seeing her loose in the world now, living those classic stories,” Jenkins said. “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.”

Patty Jenkins makes the Wonder Woman X with her arms on the red carper

Patty Jenkins | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner

There’s not a whole lot we know yet about Wonder Woman 2, but it will reportedly be set in the 1980s and will therefore be a Cold War story, Screen Rant has reported. There’s also a rumor that Chris Pine might return as a descendent of Steve Trevor, but this has not yet been confirmed. All Warner Bros. has officially said is that Wonder Woman will hit theaters on December 19, 2019, and Patty Jenkins will direct it.

While speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Jenkins also said that it’s an “amazing honor” that Wonder Woman is being discussed as a best picture contender at the Oscars, and she said that she feels incredibly lucky that the movie was so well received by critics and audiences alike. Jenkins also noted that women seemed particularly response to it, feeling that the movie was speaking to them in a way that few other blockbusters do.

“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.”

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. | Warner Bros.

At the same time, in a separate interview with Cosmopolitan, Jenkins said that she wasn’t necessarily thinking about breaking new ground when crafting the movie.

“As women who like other women, and grew up with a lot of girlfriends and friends, I’m not thinking about it that much when some women are tough, some are funny, and some are strong and then they’re working together…I’ve lived that my whole life,” Jenkins said. “But, then so many people reflect back at us and say, ‘We haven’t seen that!’ and then you realize, “Yeah, I guess we haven’t.” It didn’t even occur to me that no man speaks in the movie for the first 30 minutes!”