With Wonder Woman 1984 only a few days old, it’s time to start talking about the future of Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins, director of both Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984, has recently signed on to direct a third Wonder Woman film. But in a new interview, Jenkins mentions she has two more stories to tell, hinting that a Wonder Woman 4 could be in the works.
In talking with Entertainment Weekly, Patty Jenkins said the story of Wonder Woman will certainly continue, but she may or may not direct these. However, this interview did take prior to Jenkins officially signing on for a third film. But Jenkins said that she has two more stories that become the “completion of this story” and that naturally, these stories will show women changing the world, but not having to compromise who they are to do it. While there hasn’t been confirmation from Warner Bros. or Jenkins that a Wonder Woman 4 is on the way, the popularity of the first two films likely wouldn’t make this a problem.
Yet Patty Jenkins has often said that she envisioned Wonder Woman to be a trilogy, and even the announcement made by Warner Bros. chief Toby Emmerich about Jenkins’ hiring for Wonder Woman 3 states that the return of Gal Gadot and Jenkins will “conclude the long-planned theatrical trilogy.” Even though Jenkins says she has two more stories in mind, don’t expect Wonder Woman 4 to be coming any time soon, at least not from Jenkins.
Instead of Wonder Woman 4, this other story seems likely to be the Wonder Woman spinoff Jenkins announced back in late 2019. Jenkins has said that she will be an executive producer on the project, but will not direct. While little is known about this project, Jenkins has said the film will focus on the Amazons of Themyscira, and will take place after Diana leaves Themyscira. This spinoff will also tie together the events of Wonder Woman 1984 to the events of the third Wonder Woman film.
If this is the case, it’s possible that with Patty Jenkins signed on to film the next Star Wars film, Rogue Squadron, which is currently scheduled for release on Christmas Day 2023, this spinoff could come out prior to Wonder Woman 3. If this film will connect the second and third films, Warner Bros. could be thinking of releasing this installment to hold over the audience for Wonder Woman 3. As for an actual Wonder Woman 4, it sounds as though it will likely happen, especially with Warner Bros. announcing they plan on making four theatrical releases per year, starting in 2022. It just doesn’t sound like Gal Gadot or Patty Jenkins will be attached to that project.
But with Patty Jenkins likely busy with Star Wars for the near future, it seems like it might be some time before we see Wonder Woman 3, let alone a Wonder Woman 4. But this spinoff could be just the thing Warner Bros. uses to help sate their audience who want more of this universe.