Earlier this week, Warner Brothers officially confirmed a Wonder Woman sequel starring Gal Gadot, and even blessed us with an official release date. Mark your calendars for Dec. 13, 2019, folks! Though director Patty Jenkins has yet to confirm she's officially returning to direct the sequel, talks are reportedly ongoing. But like, come on... Why wouldn't she return?
Since its release in June, the first installment of the superhero film has grossed more than $389 million, and is the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a female of all time. Given the huge success and popularity of Wonder Woman (and the many think pieces about feminism and female representation the film inspired), green lighting the sequel was pretty much a no-brainer. And since we have plenty of time between now and the sequel's release (seriously, over two years), we thought we'd give Warner Brothers a little something to think about.
So without further ado, here are our top five things we need to see in the sequel. Get on it, Warner Bros.
1. A Lynda Carter cameo.
The internet could not contain themselves over this photo of Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter at the Wonder Woman premiere in Hollywood. For all you young folk out there, Lynda Carter portrayed the lasso-wielding Wonder Woman on the popular '70s TV series of the same name. If there's room for a Zack Snyder cameo, then Warner Brothers can certainly find a little role for Carter in the sequel.
2. A return to Themyscira.
The island of Themyscira was pure eye candy — rocky cliffs, stunning ocean views and all. Though Wonder Woman said a definite "I'll probably never see you again" goodbye to the island before sailing off with Steve Trevor to go save the world, she needs to go back, if not to reunite with her fellow Amazons, but so I can marvel at Hippolyta's (Connie Nielsen) fur cape once again.
3. Wonder Woman's invisible airplane.
Though we got a good glimpse at Wonder Woman's many powers and abilities in the first film, it was missing this very important mode of transport found in the DC Comics and the TV series. Here's to hoping Gal Gadot figures out a way to get her hands on one in the sequel.
4. Better representation
For this idea, I turn to an interesting deep-dive by Valerie Complex and Robert Jones, Jr. into Wonder Woman's failure to represent women of color accurately and fairly. Their points are sound and the piece far better than anything I could ever write on the matter. Hopefully, Wonder Woman 2 will rely much less on stereotypes to represent women of color.
5. More Steve Trevor.
Oh, dear, sweet Steve Trevor. Wonder Woman's man crush met his untimely end in the first film, and someone really needs to figure out a way for him to return in the second. Seriously, I'd give anything to see Chris Pine slip back into his old-school soldier outfit and aid Wonder Woman in her new save-the-world-efforts. He could even return as a reoccurring ghost and I'd still be happy — just so long as all his heroism doesn't try to upstage Wonder Woman.
How about you? What are you hoping to see in the Wonder Woman sequel? Dish and discuss in the comments below.