The DC Extended Universe has had a rocky beginning, but easily its greatest success was last year’s Wonder Woman. The film earned positive reviews, not least for Gal Gadot’s tremendous performance, and grossed more than $800 million worldwide.
Given that success, nobody was surprised when Warner Bros. signed up for Wonder Woman 2, and director Patty Jenkins earned a significant pay raise for the second film; she’ll reportedly earn a sum in the “high seven figures.”
Wonder Woman 2 is expected to begin filming in the summer, and initial reports had suggested Jenkins would return to the Warner Bros. Studio in Leavesdon, England. Now, however, contradictory reports are suggesting that the bulk of filming will actually happen in the U.S..
In an interview last year with Entertainment Weekly, Jenkins suggested that the sequel would actually be set in the U.S.. “She’s Wonder Woman,” Jenkins noted. “She’s got to come to America. It’s time.” This quote is supported by Omega Underground, who report that the film will be shooting in and around the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. They further report that shooting is expected to begin in June.
The film will be set during the Cold War, and setting the plot in America is certainly a nice indication of the changing geopolitical balance. The U.K.’s influence waned over the course of the 20th Century, with the U.S. becoming an increasingly dominant world power. Wonder Woman 2 is expected to make the most of the Cold War backdrop, which saw the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in a dangerous nuclear standoff. While Diana expressed confident hope in humanity back in Wonder Woman, the Cold War is sure to test her resolve.
Omega Underground notes that Columbia and Virginia are both pretty important locations in the U.S.. As they point out, Washington D.C. is home to the White House, while the C.I.A. headquarters is in Virginia. These locations seem to be a subtle hint that Diana will wind up interacting with the U.S. government in some way. Meanwhile, the mysteriously-returning Steve Trevor is often associated with the C.I.A. in the comics; Omega Underground suggests he may be a member of the Agency, perhaps even part of the ’80s version of A.R.G.U.S..
The actual plot remains something of a mystery, though. Wonder Woman 2‘s working title is Magic Hour, a strange choice that fans have suggested may indicate the sorceress Circe will be involved somehow. Meanwhile, Kristen Wiig has been confirmed as Cheetah, one of Diana’s most iconic foes from the comics. Although Wiig is best-known for her comedy roles, she’s demonstrated her range in films like The Martian and The Skeleton Twins. Her casting has proven to be mildly controversial among DC fans, but Jenkins proved to have good instincts for Wonder Woman. If shooting is indeed to begin in June, fans can expect more casting details shortly. No doubt comic book fans will pour over the casting announcements, working to tie them into the rumors to date.