A sequel to the global hit “Wonder Woman” will hit theaters on Dec. 13, 2019.
Warner Bros. late Tuesday formally announced the expected follow-up to this year’s movie featuring the DC Comics superheroine, played by Gal Gadot. The studio previously had slated an “untitled event film” for that date. The Amazonian princess will also appear this November in the ensemble film “Justice League,” alongside Ben Affleck as Batman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.
Multiple trade magazines said “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, who was not part of the official announcement, is in talks to direct the sequel.
In “Wonder Woman,” an origin story set primarily during World War I, Diana, a princess of the mythological Amazons, encounters downed American military pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) when he is washed ashore on the fabled island of Themyscira. She learns of the gruesome war and ventures out into the larger world to learn about and respond to the ways of man.
Jenkins said shortly after the film’s release that she would set a sequel in the United States.
Released June 2, the film, budgeted at an estimated $149 million, has shown super-strength at the box office, tallying $389.7 million domestically as part of a $780.3 million worldwide total after 53 days.
It remains in the domestic top-10 in its eighth week, and has surpassed “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” to become this summer’s biggest domestic release. “Wonder Woman” has the highest domestic gross of the four films in the DC Extended Universe, and even before opening in Japan on Aug. 25, it is second worldwide only to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Its $103 million opening weekend was the largest ever for a film directed by a woman.