More than a decade (14 years, to be exact) passed before filmmaker Patty Jenkins released a feature film after the Oscar-winning film “Monster” hit in 2003. Of course, during that time, Jenkins was still active, directing TV episodes, and she flirted with other features. But it wasn’t until 2017’s “Wonder Woman” that the filmmaker released a feature film again, and when it hit theaters, she instantly became one of the most in-demand filmmakers around. And though she is returning for the sequel, “Wonder Woman 1984,” the filmmaker isn’t sure what’s going to happen in the future.
Speaking to Total Film (via GamesRadar), Jenkins opened up about her four-film arc that she’d like to see come to fruition in the “Wonder Woman” franchise. However, even though she has ideas for future films, including one spin-off, that doesn’t mean she wants to keep directing them.
“I’m not going to nail down a fresh thought about it until [‘Wonder Woman 1984’] comes out, because I kind of want to give myself a palette cleanser, and be fresh of mind,” Jenkins said. “But yeah, there’s an arc that I have in mind for the first movie, and then the second movie, and then the Amazon movie, and then the third movie.”
As for the third film she mentioned, the ‘Wonder Woman’ spin-off film focused on the superhero’s homeland of Themyscira and the Amazonians that populate it, Jenkins is involved in the development but likely won’t be behind the camera. Hopefully not, at least.
“I’m not going to direct it, hopefully,” she said. “I’m going to try really hard not to. It’s not going to be easy. But [‘WW84’ co-writer and former DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer] Geoff Johns and I came up with the story, and we sold the pitch, and we’re going to get it going. I’ll produce it, for sure.”
Obviously, thinking about directing the next movie in the franchise is a bit premature, as WB doesn’t even know how fans will react to the upcoming sequel, “Wonder Woman 1984.” That film was originally scheduled to be released in June, but it has been pushed back to August 14, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.