Patty Jenkins doesn’t need Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth to share her thoughts on the DCEU. She recently said she had plans for , and a vision for how Diana Prince’s arc should end. That said, we’re still more than a year away from , and has yet to get an official green light from Warner Bros. Still, her comments got fans thinking the potential story and timeline for . Would it be another period piece or perhaps even send Diana into the future? Here’s how Jenkins answered:
I’m not dying to do another period piece. It was funny, I read an article today on whether it would be in the future or what it would be. … It’s definitely one of the things we’ve talked about. I’m not pining to put it in the past again, because where are you going to go? I think it would be weird. You have to go forward. It’s definitely a contemporary story. That’s all I can say. And so where we put it and how that gets figured out, I haven’t totally nailed down.
So Patty Jenkins was willing to confirm to THR that would definitely be a contemporary story. That might put Diana Prince just after the timelines of and .
Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince made her debut in , which was set a year-and-a-half after the first DCEU movie, . From there, we went back in time for her origin story, meeting Steve Trevor during the World War I setting. Both Diana and (somehow) Steve Trevor are returning for ‘s sequel, , which helpfully included its timeline right in the title.
Chris Pine has already said he’s done with Steve Trevor after . Saying goodbye to Steve (again) before would make sense. Otherwise why wouldn’t we have at least heard from Steve in the contemporary timelines of or ?
wrapped filming in December 2018, and Gal Gadot shared some photos and gushing love for the cast and crew. She clearly had a great time making the movie, and must also be excited to keep going with another film.
was a huge hit for Warner Bros./DC, especially at the domestic box office, where it remains the top-grossing domestic film of the DCEU. has the overall DCEU title (and DC in general) with a worldwide gross over $1 billion, but fans in North America were particularly fond of .
has a lot to live up to, but even if it doesn’t surpass at the box office, or with fans and critics, it still seems like DC/WB would let Patty Jenkins continue her vision into . If she has an idea for how Diana’s story arc should end, in some kind of contemporary timeline, then we should be able to see that play out. Warner Bros. seems to be on a new path after the success of , with the new plan to focus less on the shared universe and more on the individual movies and directors’ visions.
is scheduled to open June 5, 2020, which is almost exactly three years since the release of in June 2017. Does that suggest would open in 2023? Maybe, maybe not.
For now, Patty Jenkins is busy promoting , which she directed and executive produced, with ‘s Chris Pine in the lead role. That six-episode series premieres tonight (Monday, Jan. 28) at 9/8c on TNT.