As “Wonder Woman” soared past the $400 million mark at the domestic box office recently, DC Comics’ most popular heroine can also take claim to a new title: Warner Bros. top live-action superhero.
WB/DC’s first undeniable hit with both fans and critics since Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy (only “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” have made more domestically for them than “Wonder Woman”) hasn’t eased the seemingly constant uncertainty that hovers over their superhero movie universe.
“Justice League” is going through reshoots under the direction of Joss Whedon in the absence of Zack Snyder before its November release. “The Flash” movie still doesn’t have a director. And despite his best intentions, many still aren’t convinced Ben Affleck wants to continue to be Batman in the Dark Knight’s next solo movie franchise, which will be directed by Matt Reeves.
But none of that developmental drama has clouded the skies of Themyscira. WB and DC have already announced that the next “Wonder Woman” movie will hit theaters on Dec. 13, 2019.
We can assume there will be more “Justice League” movies, especially if classic DC villain Darkseid is only hinted at in the first movie and doesn’t appear. Director James Wan is no doubt looking at what made “Wonder Woman” work (humor, romance, inspiring and not overwhelmingly dark) and doing his best to apply that to Jason Momoa’s “Aquaman” movie (coming Dec. 21, 2018). But right now, until another hero steps up and possibly stands out alongside her in “Justice League,” “Wonder Woman” is the only WB/DC franchise that fans are eager for more of.
Of course, this is the post-Nolan era of DC movies, so even the best of news comes with a little drama. “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins is still not officially signed for a sequel. WB/DC had to know they had a hit on their hands with “Wonder Woman”…