There were many things that made Wonder Woman one of the best superhero movies of the year, and among them was the brilliant romance between Diana and Steve Trevor. Often, comic book film couples are undercooked and cliched, but WW managed to serve up a fun, believable but ultimately tragic love story for Gal Gadot and Chris Pine’s characters. The sad thing is, though, that this can’t be explored in the upcoming sequel, due to Steve sacrificing his life to stop the war.
While appearing on a recent episode of Variety’s Playback Podcast, director Patty Jenkins was on hand to tease that she has a new romance planned for the Amazon warrior in Wonder Woman 2. She hinted that it’ll follow the first movie by featuring “more weight and profundity” but will also include some “unbelievable” new additions that will give the sequel a “very different” edge.
“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. 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. So it’s like that but because she is Wonder Woman and she’s here now and she’s fully developed, it’s got great fun from the start and great big superhero presence from the start, and 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.”
Right now, we can’t imagine this new romance being able to top the connection between Diana and Steve, but the original film blasted away all expectations and the sequel could very well do the same once again. As for who Wonder Woman’s new beau could be, there are a few contenders in the comics. The most likely is Trevor Barnes though, an African-American UN agent who would immediately offer a change from Pine’s character.
Jenkins went on to say that she’s confident about how the sequel will balance the sense of the familiar, and offer fans more of what they loved about Wonder Woman while still including fresh elements that will push the story in a new direction.
“I feel like it’s just the right amount the same world of Wonder Woman as the first movie while being a completely different story that tackles something very different but very similarly singular. One story.”
Wonder Woman 2 lassos into cinemas on November 1st, 2019.