The COVID-19 pandemic has not been kind to the summer movie season. Almost all of the big-ticket films have been delayed including the highly anticipated sequel Wonder Woman 1984. Originally scheduled to release on June 5, it was bumped to August 14 and again to its currently scheduled October 2 release date.
It looks like the pandemic will also affect the planned third entry in the Wonder Woman series as well as the Amazons spinoff. Patty Jenkins, the director of both Wonder Woman films (and co-writer of Wonder Woman 1984), has temporarily stopped working on the new projects, hinting that the repercussions of the worldwide outbreak may factor into the planned story arc.
“I’ve really hit the pause button because the truth is, where that plotline was coming from was our state of being six months ago. And so I want to make sure that I’m totally absorbing whatever the result of this pandemic is. We’re not starting to work on [Wonder Woman 3] right away. I’m hoping to do this Amazon movie before we do the third Wonder Woman. And I may not do either of them. You never know what will happen in this world, you know? But yes, I think the plotline will stay very similar, probably. But I want to make sure it’s influenced by all of this.”Patty Jenkins speaking to Total Film Magazine
More delays are always bad news, but I am really into the idea of incorporating the pandemic into upcoming films. Even more interesting is the idea of seeing it injected into superhero movies. Just imagining what types of ideas could emerge because of this unprecedented worldwide event is very intriguing. The effect this outbreak has had on everyone could produce some very heavy and compelling story elements.
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