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Wonder Woman 2 promises another “great love story”

Following the slight disappointment that was Justice League, it’s safe to say that Wonder Woman is still our favourite DC superhero movie of 2017, so of course we’re already trying to piece together details of what to expect from the sequel.

We’ve already heard that Wonder Woman 2 looks like it’s going to be set in the ’80sand follow a Cold War narrative, and that it’s likely to take place in the United States.


But in a new interview on Variety’s Playback podcast, director Patty Jenkins teased some of the finer points of the storyline she’s currently planning – which includes another “great love story”.

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“I did very much thematically want to get to love – because that’s what she stands for – and the complexity of what we’re facing,” Jenkins said of the first film, and what she wanted to explore in it.

“These were big themes, like [Wonder Woman] stands for love and truth, which is particularly important right now.”

Patty Jenkins also sketched out the broad thematic themes she’s planning for the new film, and it seems like love is on the cards once again.

“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.


‘Wonder Woman 2’ Moved Up to November 2019

Warner Bros. has moved up Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 2” six weeks to Nov. 1, 2019, from Dec. 13, 2019.

The studio made the announcement Monday. Patty Jenkins is returning to direct. It’s the first title to land on Nov. 1, 2019. The new date also places “Wonder Woman 2” seven weeks away — rather than a single week — from Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which opens on Dec. 20, 2019. The new Nov. 1, 2019, date is a week before the opening of the 25th James Bond movie.

“Wonder Woman” was a massive hit for Warners with $412 million in domestic grosses and $409 million internationally.

“Wonder Woman” is the fourth installment in the studio’s DC Extended Universe, which launched with 2013’s “Man of Steel” with an opening weekend of $116.6 million, followed by last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with $166 million, and “Suicide Squad” with $133.6 million. “Wonder Woman,” made for about $150 million, is critically acclaimed, with a 92% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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“Wonder Woman” opened with $103 million in North America on June 2-4, but has outperformed the other titles to become the 20th highest domestic grosser of all time. It’s the second-highest-grossing 2017 title after “Beauty and the Beast.”

The New York Post reported on Nov. 11 that Gadot was refusing to do the sequel unless Brett Ratner’s production company was not involved but Warner Bros. has said the story is “false.” RatPac had been a financier on “Wonder Woman” but Warner Bros. severed ties with Ratner on Nov. 1 following revelations of multiple cases of sexual harassment by the filmmaker.

In 2013, Warner Bros. signed a $450-million passive co-financing deal with RatPac Entertainment, of which Ratner is CEO. That deal expires in March 2018, making the involvement of RatPac a moot point. There are five more films that RatPac helped finance but “Wonder Woman 2” is not one of those films.


‘Wonder Woman 2’ Moved Up to November 2019

Is That Zeus Fighting the Bad Guy in a New ‘Justice League’ TV Spot?

When Justice League baddie Steppenwolf first arrived on Earth in ancient times, he threw down with a heavy hitter: Zeus, king of the Greek gods and Wonder Woman’s father. A new TV spot for Justice League might just show this epic showdown, mixing the past with the present and hinting at just how powerful Steppenwolf really is.


A TV spot for Justice League posted to Fandango’s Twitter account on Wednesday seems to indicate that Diana’s old man is going to make an appearance in the film.

During Steppenwolf’s previous attempt to invade Earth, he came into conflict with human, Amazonian, and Atlantean armies. The brief flashes of this fight shown in the teaser show a character shooting lightning at Darkseid’s uncle Steppenwolf. Barring the wizard Shazam or some other random DC character with magic abilities, this is probably Zeus.

Zeus was introduced into the DC cinematic universe in Wonder Woman, where it was revealed that he suffered mortal wounds protecting humanity from Ares. Luckily, he fathered Diana with Hippolyta before he died.


Because Diana is half god, she’s able to kill other gods. If Zeus was crucial to staving off Steppenwolf the first time, perhaps Wonder Woman will be the one to drive him away in Justice League. Trailers have previously shown her going toe-to-toe with the Apokoliptian villain, and given her character’s prominence, it wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility for her to land some kind of killing blow (even if Superman’s return likely factors into this).

In the trailer, the character jumping past to the potential Zeus wields what looks like three-pronged weapon in his hand, which might indicate he’s Poseidon or a former King of Atlantis (both of whom supposedly fought Steppenwolf in the past).


Ultimately, when this particular scene takes place will determine who’s present. If it’s after Ares killed the rest of the Greek gods, then that trident-using character is probably the Atlantean king (or some random warrior with a trident), and the lightning-shooting fella isn’t Zeus, which could be a way of building up to the 2019 Shazam film. If it happens before, then they’re probably Greek gods.

With Justice League almost in theaters, though, fans won’t have to speculate for too much longer about who shows up when in the film.



‘Justice League’: 5 New Posters Bring Some Color to the DC World

The Justice League is here to save the day, and they’ll do it in style. 

Warner Bros. has unveiled five new character posters the upcoming Justice League film, spotlighting each hero (save for Henry Cavill’s Superman) in their own vivid hue. The characters all stand in profile, looking toward the viewers’ left, with their corresponding insignias emblazoned over the Justice League one at the very bottom of the poster. 

We see Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry/Aquaman against a bright green background, Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in a punchy yellow-orange shade, Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman likely showing off his smolder against royal blue (accented from behind by a golden yellow), Ray Fisher’s Victor Stone/Cyborg looking fierce in a purple-gray color, and Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen/The Flash displaying his fittingly flashy side in candy-apple red. 

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These colors coordinate with the ones seen in batch of previously released character posters that show Aquaman in green, Wonder Woman in orange, Batman in dark blue, Cyborg in graphite gray, and the Flash in bright red. According to ComingSoon.net, more information on these prints will be available next month. 

While the DC Extended Universe (the cinematic world’s official name is still pending) has gained a reputation for being dark, gritty, and brooding over the past few years, these Justice League promo images seem to prove that the forthcoming film will take an optimistic spin on the beloved heroes. The movie’s trailer, which was released a few months ago, shows that Justice League will be tonally much lighter than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and these posters serve to bolster that claim. 

Joining the fab five (plus Superman) for Justice League Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Billy Crudup as Henry Allen, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon and Amy Adams’ Lois Lane round out the cast. 

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Here’s the official plot synopsis for Justice League: “Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”

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What’s Exciting To Patty Jenkins About The Wonder Woman Sequel

This summer’s Wonder Woman was the hottest movie of the summer and one of the biggest movies of the year so far. It’s so big that nobody is wasting any time getting ready for the sequel. While some directors might want to do something different before jumping into a sequel, it sounds like Patty Jenkins is excited to get right back into the story of the Amazon superhero. After successfully creating Wonder Woman in her origin story movie, Jenkins is ready to see what Wonder Woman can do when she spends the entire film as the Wonder Woman we all know and love. According to the director…


The greatest thing about making this movie was the fact that you’re really building to the Wonder Woman that we all love, but not until the end of the movie. The most exciting thing about [the sequel] is literally seeing her loose in the world now, living those classic stories. Here’s Wonder Woman, and what can she do? It should be a totally different movie, but a grand and now full-blown Wonder Woman in the world.


One of the reasons that fans love origin stories is that the moment in which our main character truly becomes the superhero we know is a moment of high drama that can look epic on film. However, for that moment to have that great meaning and impact it has to build to that point by starting us out with a character who is not that hero. Diana becomes Wonder Woman on a battlefield in World War I France and it’s one of the best superhero action scenes we’ve ever seen, but part of why it means so much is that we’ve spent half the movie with no Wonder Woman at all.


Patty Jenkins tells ET that she’s proud of having created the movie that saw Wonder Woman come into being, but what’s most exciting about the sequel is that now she can start the story with Wonder Woman, which opens up any number of possible places for the character to go. She makes reference to “classic stories”, implying that perhaps the sequel could be based on some well loved comic book tale, something that really wasn’t an option the first time around. The film had to deal with all the necessary aspects of the origin story. Any other significant plot would have gotten the short end of the stick due to the origin, but now anything is possible.



And because of the character that Wonder Woman is, anything really is possible. Rumors have indicated that the sequel could take place during the Cold War of the 1980s. Due to the fact that Gal Gadot’s character is functionally immortal, literally any time or place is available to the filmmakers. Wonder Woman 2 is currently set for a December 2019 release.



Little Girl’s Tearful Meeting With Gal Gadot Shows Why ‘Wonder Woman’ Matters

“She was so happy to meet her that she was tearing up.”

This is why Gal Gadot is a superhero. 

Viral footage from Comic-Con in San Diego showed the star comforting a young fan who was wearing a “Wonder Woman” shirt and cape. 


But the little girl, named Ashley, began to cry when she reached the front of the line. 

“She was so happy to meet her that she was tearing up,” her mother Christine Keller wrote on Twitter. 


In the footage, Gadot reaches across the table and takes the girl’s hand.

“There’s no reason to cry, all right,” Gadot said. “Here we are together.”

One of Gadot’s “Justice League” costars joined in. 


“You’re a warrior,” said Ezra Miller, who plays the Flash in an upcoming film. “Your ability to cry is what makes you such a warrior. Come join the Justice League whenever you get ready.”




Keller, author of “The Adventures of Danica Dreamer,” said the encounter had a big impact on her little girl. 


“These characters matter and can have a huge influence on young people,” Keller wrote on her “Danica Dreamer” Facebook page. “What a great role model and genuine, nice person. My daughter will always remember this moment for the rest of her life.”


It wasn’t just Wonder Woman making an impression. The same footage also briefly showed an excited little boy with tears in his eyes as he met Ben Affleck, current star of the “Batman” franchise as well as “Justice League.” 



Box Office Milestone: ‘Wonder Woman’ Passes Final ‘Harry Potter’ Pic

Another day, another milestone for Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.

Today, the superhero film will become the third-biggest Warner Bros. release of all time in North America — not accounting for inflation — leapfrogging the final Harry Potter film, 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Through Sunday, Wonder Woman‘s domestic total was $380.7 million, compared with $381 million for Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The studio’s two top-grossing films domestically are Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight ($533.3 million) and The Dark Knight Rises ($448.1 million), again, not adjusting for inflation.

Wonder Woman has enjoyed the best hold of any superhero film in more than 15 years since hitting theaters in early June.

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And the tentpole has already become the top-grossing film of all time from a female helmer with solo directing duties.

Wonder Woman is now assured of becoming the top-grossing movie of summer 2017, besting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which has grossed $386.6 million domestically to date. (Wonder Woman will ultimately earn north of $390 million in North America.)

The female-led tentpole has become a winning case study for why Hollywood studio executives should entrust female directors with their marquee properties. And if all goes as planned, Warners and DC will announce a release date for a Wonder Woman sequel at Comic-Con late this week, with Jenkins once again directing.

Wonder Woman has been slower to catch on overseas, earning roughly $384.2 million to date for roughly $765 million globally. Generally speaking, a Hollywood tentpole sees 60 percent or more of its total earnings come from the foreign box office.



‘Wonder Woman’ Holding Better at Box Office Than Any Superhero Movie in 15 Years

Look no further than Warner Bros. and DC’s Wonder Woman. The summer blockbuster boasts the best hold of any superhero film in more than 15 years at the North American box office, where even the most successful summer tentpoles can catch a case of sunstroke and retreat to the shade rather quickly amid so much competition. Wonder Woman is the unusual exception.

Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman is still going strong as it heads into its seventh week. The movie, grossing $371.3 million through Tuesday, is now assured of topping out at $390 million or more domestically, becoming the No. 8 comic book adaptation of all time, not accounting for inflation. And it will soon pass Disney and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($385.8 million) in North America to become the top summer earner.

That also means Wonder Woman will earn roughly 3.8 times the $103.3 million it collected when it launched over the June 2-4 weekend — the best multiple for the genre in decades. Currently, the film’s multiple is 3.6, slightly ahead of the first Spider-Man in 2002. The first Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) was also a word-of-mouth sensation, sporting a 3.5 multiple, while Nolan’s sequel, The Dark Knight (2008), powered to a 3.4 multiple.

Generally speaking, a multiple in the vicinity of 2.5 to 3 is considered a win for a superhero film, particularly if the opening is especially mighty, i.e., north of $120 million.


“It feels like Wonder Woman will play all the way through August,” says Warners’ Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution. “Right now, the movie is still in about 3,000 locations. Usually, the theater count would be a fraction of that at this point.”

The critically acclaimed film is also destined to become the studio’s third-biggest movie domestically after The Dark Knight ($534.9 million) and The Dark Knight Rises ($448.1 million), again not accounting for inflation. It is about to pass the final Harry Potter film ($381 million) after eclipsing American Sniper ($350.1 million) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330.4 million).

Globally, Wonder Woman has already become the top-grossing film of all time from a female helmer with solo directing duties. Still, Wonder Woman has been slower to catch on overseas, earning roughly $380 million to date for a global total of around $750 million. Many times, the foreign box office accounts for 70 percent of a tentpole’s total gross; Wonder Woman‘s split is currently 49 percent domestic and 51 percent international. 

Earlier this week, Ryan Reynolds and the team behind 20th Century Fox’s superhero sensation Deadpool generously tweeted a congratulatory note after Wonder Woman surpassed Deadpool, which posted a domestic total of $363.1 million in early 2016. Reynolds is among many who are happy to sing Wonder Woman‘s praises.

“When critics and audiences are on the same page, you can pretty much bet the box office will be supercharged for the long haul,” says box-office analyst Jeff Bock. “Wonder Woman is also a vehicle of female empowerment, something we don’t regularly see in the superhero genre, and that has made it a very unique property this summer.”



Wonder Woman Sequel Might Take Place During The Cold War

After Wonder Woman‘s smashing success at the box office this summer, a sequel was a no-brainer. But where will the Amazonian princess find adventure next? The USSR.

Wonder Woman was far from the first female-led superhero feature film, but her blazing path to the top of the box office in the era of male superhero dominance was something to behold. As has become customary with just about every comic book-based movies these days, sequel plans for Wonder Woman were being drawn up almost as soon as the first viewers were exiting theaters last month. Even without director Patty Jenkins formally locked in to return for Wonder Woman‘s follow-up, Warner Bros. and DC definitely have some plans for Diana’s next cinematic escapade.

Rather than setting a sequel in the timeline after the events of this fall’s Justice League movie, a new report hints that a sequel to Wonder Woman will again be set in a pre-Man of Steel world. According to Screen Rant, Wonder Woman’s next battle will take place during the 1980s, right at the closing moments of the Cold War era. It’s not a common timeframe for superhero films, but the government of the former Soviet Union has made for decent villains in a number of stories over the years.


More than placing Wonder Woman in the era of espionage and nuclear threats, the report also hints that Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor may also return. Somehow. Given that Wonder Woman takes place during World War I, it would be almost impossible for Steve Trevor to still be alive in the 1980s, let alone given what happens during the climax of Wonder Woman. That said, the chemistry between Pine and Gal Gadot was unmistakable, and bringing back her love interest and closest friend for the sequel makes a great deal of sense. Chris Pine isn’t hard to look at either, so there’s that.

Of course, it could just be that Pine plays a relative of Trevor’s, as unlikely as that scenario seems given his devotion to the war effort. It’s all still rumor for now anyway, as the scripting and story treatments are early in their lives. A lot can change between now and when the actual scripts are sent out and shooting begins. There’s no current release date or window for Wonder Woman yet either, though much of the remaining DC Cinematic Universe has a lockdown on release dates through 2020. For how much of a success Wonder Woman has been thus far, you can believe Warner Bros. will try to find a way to get a follow-up out sooner than the next Presidential election.

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Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool Gives Some Love to ‘Wonder Woman’

The snarky mercenary Deadpool may have a hard time taking much of anything seriously, but he sure knows how to give credit where credit is due.

In a genuinely heartwarming gesture, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds posted an adorable photo to Instagram congratulating Wonder Woman on her incredible box office success.

Of course he couldn’t help tossing in a body odor joke, but what do you expect from one of the comics world’s most irreverent anti-heroes? According to movie industry tracker Box Office Mojo, Wonder Woman has earned a staggering $745 million gross so far—$368 million of that domestically in the U.S.—since the film’s debut on June 2. Deadpool, a surprise mega-hit that debuted in February 2016, still barely edges out Wonder Woman in gross sales at $783 million (though don’t expect that lead to last for long). Diana of Themyscira has already surpassed Deadpool’s $363 million domestic gross returns.

Wonder Woman‘s success is especially sweet, considering many Hollywood executives still saw the female-led superhero movie as a risk after years of producing movies about male heroes and male-dominated ensembles. Reynolds’ congratulations, especially for a movie from a rival studio, clearly sends a public message of support to Wonder Woman‘s powerful cast and to director Patty Jenkins, who spent years bringing the film to fruition.

Jenkins responded to Reynolds’ Instagram Valentine with some sweet words of her own.



‘Wonder Woman’ breaks record with $100.5 million debut

Aside from bringing in over $100.5 million, the film has been dubbed the biggest domestic opening for a film directed by a woman.

Shattering the glass ceiling in Hollywood didn’t come easy for the Patty Jenkins directed film. Before the film even hit theaters, there was controversy surrounding the heroine, Gal Gadot’s lack of body hair, talks of the film not being feminist enough and concerns over female-only screenings.

Despite the drama, Wonder Woman went on to receive a 93% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes as well.

People all over social media couldn’t help but bask in the success of the film and acknowledge the possibilities it could provide to other women directors on the rise.



Wonder Woman: How real-life athletes united to populate the film’s badass Amazon nation

As a Dutch supermodel, Victoria’s Secret Angel and trained horsewoman, Doutzen Kroes has had some pretty remarkable experiences throughout her career. But none of them have been quite as memorable as riding down an Italian beach on horseback, wearing full Amazonian armor and pretending to slit a man’s throat with a sword. “The challenge was that I had to ride with one hand and have the sword in the other hand and kill a person at the same time,” she explains, laughing. “Which sounds horrible, but it was so fun to do!”

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Kroes was just one of the many accomplished women recruited to play Amazon warriors in Wonder Woman. From an Olympic bobsledder and a heptathlete to a police officer and the former Miss Greece, these real-life Amazons hailed from around the world and helped populate Diana’s home of Themyscira. Some of the Amazons, like Kroes, auditioned, while the filmmakers plucked others from the athletic world — Brooke Ence, an American Crossfit champion, and Madeleine Vall Beijner, a Swedish professional fighter, among them. “I got an e-mail asking if I could do fighting on film,” Beijner recalls. “I said, ‘Well, yes, I can fight, and I think I can fight in a movie. So yes, I’ll do it!’ ”


Months before the cameras started rolling, the women gathered in London for weeks of training. Not only did they go through basic strength training to look properly Amazonian, but they also spent hours each day practicing swordplay, horseback riding and stunt choreography. “The trainers said they wanted us to look like the female version of 300,” Beijner says. For several of the athletes, many of whom compete in individual sports, it was a refreshing change of pace to feel like part of an all-female team. “It really is cool to see this whole training area, and there’s not one male figure in sight,” Ence adds. “It’s just women wrestling other women, kickboxing, doing pull-ups and practicing with spears — just a lot of stuff that in the real world is very male-dominated.”

Kroes plays Venelia, the right hand of Queen Hippolyta, while Beijner and Ence play Egeria and Penthesilea, respectively —  two warriors under the command of General Antiope. Many of the women weren’t quite sure what to expect when they got on-set, especially as many of them had never worked on a Hollywood movie before, but they found themselves adapting quickly and bonding with their fellow Amazons. Still, it took a little adjustment. “I’ve been training for 12 years not to show anything, even how hard I get hit,” Beijner says. “They called me RoboCop because when we were training, they were like, ‘You’re supposed to show that it hurts!’ And I was like, ‘No, I don’t get hurt! I’m a fighter!’ ”

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Once they all donned their Amazon armor and took to the beach for the big Themysciran battle scenes, Ence says she was surprised by how easy it was to tap into her inner warrior, especially when surrounded by a whole horde of fellow soldiers. “The first day we were on-set with all of our swords and shields, it felt like a different type of power,” she says. “And we looked awesome.” She wasn’t the only one who got swept up by all the swords and stunts: Kroes recalls a day when her young son visited her, and she greeted him in full battle regalia. “If I could just have that face framed as a picture on my wall,” she says. “I think I melted because he has never looked at me like that ever. He was just in full admiration of his mommy as a warrior.”

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‘Wonder Woman’ set to break the box office — and could put to rest this myth about superhero movies

Just days before its debut, “Wonder Woman” is gathering momentum, suggesting it could exceed expectations at the box office — and finally put to rest what analysts say is a tired notion: That audiences are reluctant to see female superheroes on the big screen.

“Wonder Woman” is the most anticipated film of the summer, beating out titles such as “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” installment, an annual survey from ticket-seller Fandango showed this week. Meanwhile, “Wonder Woman” is also one of the most talked-about movies on social media.

The latest tracking figures have “Wonder Woman” hauling in about $65 million in its North American debut this week, but some think that estimate is too conservative. BoxOffice.com currently forecasts a $90 million opening and believes it could be even bigger.

“Strong social media buzz, generational awareness, and notable interest from women alongside the usual fan audience are driving our expectations beyond previously conservative levels,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “A domestic opening close to $100 million is looking more and more possible, and that may not even be the ceiling at this point.”

With an estimated $120 million production budget, “Wonder Woman” is the biggest bet yet on a film featuring a standalone female superhero. Studios have not gambled on a major release on a super-heroine since Twentieth Century Fox’s “Elektra” and Warner Bros.’ “Catwoman” — both of which bombed more than a decade ago.

“The way Patty Jenkins has directed this, there’s just so much depth to it. You feel that somebody really loves this character and understands her dynamic, her point of view”-Paul Dergarabedian, comScore senior media analyst

At least some influential executives have taken that to heart. In a 2014 email made public in a massive breach of Sony’s communications, then Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter highlighted these failures, though the context of his comments was unclear.

Alisha Grauso, editor-at-large at genre website Movie Pilot, said studio executives have long been out of step with the fan community on this point. At the same time Hollywood has simply failed to make good films based on women superheroes, it has been more forgiving of male-focused movies, she said.

“You also have male-led superhero movies that bombed as well, but they kept getting made,” Grauso told CNBC.

“But when a female-led superhero movie flopped, it’s because, ‘Oh, people don’t want to see a female-led superhero movie.'”




Jungle Cruise Movie: Dwayne Johnson Wants Wonder Woman Director

Earlier this month, Dwayne Johnson gave a new update on his Jungle Cruise movie for Disney, revealing that he plans to start shooting that adventure in the spring of 2018. As of now, Dwayne Johnson is the only cast member attached, and there is no director attached at this time, with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa writing the script. Today we have word that, while it may be some time before a director is locked down, Dwayne Johnson already has someone in mind, Wonder Woman filmmaker Patty Jenkins.

The Associated Press ran a new profile on Patty Jenkins earlier today, and her road to directing Wonder Woman, which is only her second feature film after the critically-acclaimed 2003 film Monster, which earned Charlize Theron her first Oscar. Between now and then, the filmmaker had been courted to direct Thor for a period of time, and she kept busy on the small screen, directing episodes of Arrested Development, Entourage and The Killing before getting the call to direct Wonder Woman. At the end of this profile, AP spoke with Dwayne Johnson, who said he is a fan of Patty Jenkins’ work, revealing she would be perfect for his Jungle Cruise movie.

“Patty has that really cool edge. I felt like she could be a really cool choice for a movie like Jungle Cruise. Plus, you know what? I’m just a big fan.”


Disney had been plotting a Jungle Cruise movie for quite some time, with the studio originally eyeing Toy Story stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen to star, but that incarnation of the project never came together. Dwayne Johnson boarded the project back in 2015, teasing that this project is an “edgy period movie, based on the iconic Disney World ride. The ride itself debuted at Disneyland in 1955, and was eventually brought to all of the Disney theme parks around the world. The ride itself is set in the 1920s, and it seems that the movie will keep that same setting.

The ride takes passengers on a trip down a series of major rivers from all over the world, where passengers come across wild animals, hostile natives and much more, which are portrayed through animatronic characters. No details have been given for who The Rock is playing at this time, but perhaps we’ll find out more when a director becomes involved with the project. Dwayne Johnson is currently filming his video game adaptation Rampage, which is set for release next spring. He also has Skyscraper, Doc Savage and San Andreas 2 in various stages of development. Hopefully we’ll find out more about Jungle Cruise soon as we get closer to a production start next year.



WonderCon: Warner Bros. Wows Crowd With ‘Wonder Woman’ Clips

Warner Bros. put the “wonder” in WonderCon this year as it presented thirsty fans with a look at the upcoming DC superhero flick Wonder Woman.

It’s the first time the superheroine, one of the comic book world’s most recognizable characters, is hitting the screen in her own film. And the studio, fresh off of a presentation at CinemaCon a few days ago, brought extended clips to show off the Gal Gadot-starring movie while also having director Patty Jenkins and DC Films’ Geoff Johns onstage.

Jenkins proved to be an impassioned ambassador for Diana Prince, Wonder Woman’s true identity, saying that superhero movies went beyond any so-called comic book movie craze.

“It’s so much bigger than that,” she said. “It’s a method of universal storytelling. … It’s a metaphor for telling all these states of being.” For her, these kinds of movies synthesize religious beliefs and ancient myths by finding common characters and by expressing stories from humankind’s sense of wanting to do good.

And very few heroes want to do good as much as Wonder Woman does. Said Jenkins: “Others are chosen and find themselves in situations where they fight for good. She’s one the few that believes in justice and in love and coming to our world to instill that into us. It’s such a unique perspective.”

Three clips were shown, among them a scene where Diana fends off attackers in an alley, saving romantic lead Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine). The scene was an homage to the alley-mugging scene from 1978’s classic Superman movie where Clark Kent “saves” Lois Lane. The homage was intentional, as Jenkins cited the Richard Donner movie as one of her influences. “I was 7 years old when Superman came out,” she said. “I was Superman. I was Superman who ripped his shirt open. I was that character.” And Johns, who worked on the screenplay for Wonder Woman, got his industry start interning for director Donner, a childhood idol.

Another clip featured was set in a warfront (World War I is the film’s time period), with Diana jumping into a building and taking out a nest of German soldiers. While she doesn’t kill them, she does bang them up quite a bit.

For Jenkins and Johns, the movie’s action sequences weren’t done for action’s sake, but instead had, at their heart, character expression.

“What I care about is this as a character piece,” said Jenkins. “It clarifies what it is because it’s from the point of view of Diana and how it affects her journey.” Once that decision was made, “It gave us a strong understanding on how to go about it.”

Johns and Jenkins both stressed that the original comics were heavily relied upon and that the canon was weighed in equal measure as were “invisible immutables,” such as the emotional essence of the character. Johns also cited works from comics writers and artists such as George Perez, Greg Rucka and Phil Jimenez. “You’re panning for gold,” Johns said of going back to the source, “and finding gold every time.”

Wonder Woman opens June 2.



New Wonder Woman Poster: Believe in Diana

While Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was a divisive film, one of the biggest question marks heading into it was whether or not Gal Gadot would prove to be a capable Diana Prince onscreen. The reaction to Gadot’s performance was mostly praised and her portrayal of Wonder Woman, the first on the big screen, made many eager to see more from her. Wonder Woman will do just that this summer, when director Patty Jenkins and Gadot usher in the first major modern female superhero movie.

So far, the film has been generating relatively strong buzz that started back with the release of the first Wonder Woman trailer. The look and stylized action of the film has won many fans over and that has only continued, as the general Wonder Woman movie marketing push has picked up speed. Now, Gadot has released a new poster online – one that is just as stunning as those that came before it.

Gadot released the poster on Twitter, in the process unveiling a one-sheet that is simple, yet gorgeous at the same time (see below). Wonder Woman alone is the centerpiece of the poster, with the orange glow of a sunset filling out the backdrop.

The release of this new poster is likely just the appetizer to the next big piece of marketing. Wonder Woman will reportedly be showing off new footage tomorrow at the Kid’s Choice Awards. There is no confirmation as to what type of footage this will be, so it could be just a small clip from the film, or be the film’s next (and final?) trailer. A new trailer was classified last week and thought to debut with ‘s theatrical release, but Warner Bros. could have agreed to debut it at the KCA’s instead.


Regardless of what type of footage is shown tomorrow, it should not be long before WB unleashes the final trailer and moves the film’s marketing into high gear. There is less than three months until the movie is released and with the studio just lifting an embargo from post-production visits, they are starting to reveal more about the movie. Hopefully they learned from the reaction to the Doomsday Batman V Superman trailer and won’t reveal much more about the plot (and specifically the villains) whenever the trailer drops. Either way, this poster is a great primer and continues a strong poster run for Wonder Woman, which will hopefully result in a great movie as well.