The second Wonder Woman movie won’t arrive until late 2019, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the plot of Diana Prince’s (Gal Gadot) next adventure–especially if you’re director Patty Jenkins. Jenkins, who helmed the first movie in the franchise and will once again take the reins on the sequel, is also working on the film’s script with DC head Geoff Johns and writer David Callaham (Godzilla).
In an interview with Variety’s Playback podcast, Jenkins revealed a little about the direction of the movie. Once again, Jenkins is looking to Wonder Woman herself as inspiration for the new film. “It’s really still going to other values of hers, and a similar formula insofar as making a great, enjoyable fun movie but that ultimately in its third act turns some very big issues, and a very big experience that will aim to have slightly more weight and profundity than it has to have,” she says. “Because that’s a formula that I really like, and I like the idea of taking somebody on a very solid, great journey but that arrives at a bigger question being answered.”
There will be one major change, though. The first Wonder Woman film explored Diana’s roots on the island of Themyscira, before she became the world-famous superhero. Now, Jenkins says, “She’s fully developed, it’s got great fun from the start and great big superhero presence from the start.”
It sounds like the movie will also continue trying to brighten up the dark and dour world of the DC Extended Universe. While Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were practically void of any humor and positivity, Wonder Woman was a total departure. It was a movie filled with hope and laughs, and it reminded viewers what kind of superhero could lead the DCEU. Now, as they works on the second film, Jenkins says Wonder Woman 2 “is funny and a great love story again and a couple new unbelievable characters who I’m so excited about, who are very different than were in the last movie.”
The bit about it being a love story is very interesting given that Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), Diana’s love interest in the first movie, didn’t make it out alive. Perhaps that’s where the new character’s Jenkins mentions come in.
Wonder Woman 2 arrives in theaters on November 1, 2019.