One of the best moments of this year's San Diego Comic-Con was the trailer for Justice League, which leaned heavily on Gal Gadot's newly minted superstar, Wonder Woman. Fresh off the success of her own solo film, Diana of Themyscira got to take center stage in that trailer, kicking things off with a fantastic villain-smashing sequence followed by a humourous take on Diana Prince mumbling about not having a very interesting weekend.
It's a great moment for a lot of reasons, but it works largely because it reminds us of where we left Diana at the end of Wonder Woman: rejuvenated by her memories of first coming to our world and first fighting for humanity, heading out into battle once again. It was a nice setup for her place within Justice League, but it's arguably an even better setup for the Wonder Woman sequel.
We still know very little about Diana's second film, but we do now know that director Patty Jenkins will be returning to helm it. The first time around Jenkins got to tell the story of Diana learning about the compromises and horrors of the world of men, set against a World War I backdrop. This time, according to her, Diana will be more sure of her place in our world and more ready to just be Wonder Woman.
“The greatest thing about making this movie was the fact that you’re really building to the Wonder Woman that we all love, but not until the end of the movie,” Jenkins told Entertainment Tonight while promoting the Wonder Woman Blu-ray release. “The most exciting thing about [the sequel] is literally seeing her loose in the world now, living those classic stories.
“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.”
It would make sense, particularly after following the grand scale of Justice League (assuming Wonder Woman 2 will take place after that film), to place Diana in a situation where she'll fully confident not just as an Amazon warrior but as a superhero. She's always fought for truth and justice, but now she's doing it from a pedestal among humanity. She's part of a pantheon now, so she should act like it. And if she does, that opens her up for all kinds of storytelling well beyond her origins.
Wonder Woman is available digitially now.