“Wonder Woman” achieved box office gold when it hit theaters this past summer, so trying to create a sequel just as phenomenal is going to be a tall order. With the dynamic duo, director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot, signed on for round two, they should be up to the task. Not much information has been leaked about the archery component, but all the hypotheticals are still enough to get us pumped.
The first film took place during World War I and it appears the second film will keep with the war theme. “After single-handedly ending World War I through the power of love (and her magical Bracelets of Submission), Wonder Woman 2 will fast-forward Gal Gadot to the 1980s, where she’ll take on the Soviets in a Cold War–themed sequel,” writes Vogue. The 80’s, you say? An archery montage with “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” or “Physical” playing in the background is just sitting there waiting to be filmed.
When the first film concluded, Wonder Woman aka Diana, was finally realizing what her powers could enable her to do and how she could use them as a force of good to change the world. The ending scene was a flash forward showing Diana in the real world, working a normal office job. Jenkins teased the sequel will provide viewers with a “full-blown” Wonder Woman, so the sequel should showcase Diana navigating her powers in everyday life, and in this case, that means the 80’s. Three cheers for legwarmers and big hair.
Chris Pine played Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman’s partner in crime/love interest in the first film, but met his tragic demise via suicide mission when he flew a plane filled with bombs into the sunset and detonated it to save mankind. His death sparked a burning rage in Diana that sent her powers into maximum overdrive and enabled her to defeat the villain and end the war. Pine is slated to be in the sequel, which is a bit confusing since his character…died. It looks like they’re either going to come up with some convoluted explanation as to how he survived the explosion, or (the more likely option) Diana will remember him through flashbacks.
The upcoming “Justice League” movie will feature Wonder Woman, so we may get to see a hint of what’s to come though that storyline. Gadot began filming “Justice League” the day after “Wonder Woman” wrapped so she’s been in, and is going to be, in Amazon mode for years. The gauntlets are probably starting to feel like a part of her.
As much as we all loved Wonder Woman and wanted more, it actually took Jenkins a little while to warm up to the idea of rallying for a sequel. She tells Vogue, “As I was falling asleep, I had an epiphany. I was like, Wait a minute. You have the greatest character of all time that you love dearly, with a cast that you love, sitting at the palm of your hand at this day and age—you can do whatever you want with them—are you crazy?” We’re glad she finally saw the light. Jenkins will be a triple threat in the upcoming movie, directing, co-writing and producing. Not only does that look good on a resume but it’s going to stamp her ticket to Hollywood fame by making her the highest paid female filmmaker of all time.
Geena Davis is a real-life archer and Wonder Woman, so it’s no surprise that she told Vanity Fair she’s all for nabbing a role in the sequel. “I met Patty Jenkins and I told her, ‘I’m sure you’re going to make a sequel and if you need anybody Amazonian, there’s always me. I’m available.” For the love of all that is holy, get this woman a role and a bow. It doesn’t look like any more information has leaked on this front, but we can keep our fingers crossed.
We saw Diana shooting some quality archery in the first film, (the slow-mo jump shot could go down in history) and hopefully we’ll see her boogie down with those skills in the new version. “Wonder Woman 2” is set to hit theaters on December 13, 2019.
If you want to channel your inner Wonder Woman, visit your local archery range.