There’s a new villain in town
(like, a really long time), the latest developments surrounding the sequel have anticipation at an all-time high.
Here’s what we know so far about Wonder Woman 2.
The release date has already been set.
We’ve got a long way to go before Wonder Woman 2 arrives. The forthcoming film was initially slated for release in December 2019, although it has been pushed up to November 2019, Deadline reports.
Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins will return.
After a stellar breakout role in the first film, Gadot has signed on to reprise the role of the titular character. Patty Jenkins will also return to direct, produce, and co-write the film.
The film’s villain has been cast, too.
Very few details about the film have been released but Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins confirmed today (March 9) that comedy star Kristen Wiig has signed on to play the film’s newest villain, Cheetah.
“So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can’t wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned,” Jenkins announced on Twitter after rumors of Wiig’s involvement began to circulate last week.
So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can’t wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot pic.twitter.com/Gn0jICiIAH
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 9, 2018
Who is Cheetah?
Well, there are actually a few Cheetahs in DC Comic history, including Priscilla Rich, the original Cheetah, who appeared in the 1943 version of Wonder Woman; she was an associate of Diana’s until she became jealous of Wonder Woman and turned into an enemy. There’s also Barbara Minerva, a British archeologist and a more mainstream adaptation of the character, who debuted in 1987.
Chris Pine probably won’t be in it.
Patty Jenkins told ELLE.com that Pine’s character Steve Trevor definitely didn’t absorb any magical powers in Themyscira—so it looks like he really is dead. He also seemed to be dead in Justice League. The likelihood of Steve Trevor returning is slim to none (unless he returns for flashbacks), and there aren’t any signs pointing to his resurrection in the upcoming film, either.
Wonder Woman 2 will take place in a new setting.
Wonder Woman was set in the World War I era, with characters landing in European locations across England, Germany, and Belgium, but for this upcoming film, Jenkins has plans to take Diana to a whole new setting. In a profile with The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins said she’s “more than ready to return to the character for a contemporary-set Wonder Woman sequel” and later told EW, “The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right.”
What other characters will appear?
Jenkins has teased a “great love story,” so if Wonder Woman herself is involved, there’s probably going to be someone new on the scene. She also said there would be “a couple new unbelievable characters who I’m so excited about,” so watch this space.
This article originally appeared on elle.com