If you were a fan of this summer’s hit movie “Wonder Woman,” you won’t have to wait long for a follow-up. Warner Brothers has announced a release date of December 13, 2019, for “Wonder Woman 2.”
Thus far, the DC Comics adaptation has earned nearly $400 million in the United States — and almost double that worldwide.
Actress and Israeli Army veteran Gal Gadot is set to reprise her role as Diana of Themyscira/Wonder Woman in the sequel, and director Patty Jenkins is in negotiations to step behind the camera again.
If two years sounds like too long to wait for another Wonder Woman adventure, November’s “Justice League” includes Gadot’s hero in its ensemble, along with Ben Affleck’s Batman, Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman, and others.
Much has been written about the box-office success of “Wonder Woman,” and much was written before the movie’s release about its being a possible gamble. A film of its scope had not yet been released with a female director and a female lead.
Despite the grandstanding of so many celebrities about gender issues — and the throwing around of words like “sexist” when discussing politics — Hollywood is one of the most sexist industries around.
The MPAA has reported that 52 percent of women make up moviegoing audiences. Despite this, a Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film study found that females made up only 29 percent of protagonists in the top 100 films of 2016. To make matters worse, the same study found that only 4 percent of directors of major films were female.
Perhaps the problem is that much of Hollywood is run at least in part by filmmakers like Joss Whedon, a man who claims to be a feminist; yet he insults and disparages women he disagrees with every chance he gets. The industry is full of such examples, of people who use their celebrity as a podium to push for supposedly liberal policies while ignoring the issues within their own industry — and even contributing to them.
“Wonder Woman” was and still is a hit because it’s an agenda-free adventure film with a positive message, a strong lead actress, and a talented director. It didn’t participate in nasty gender politics, as did 2016’s female-driven “Ghostbusters” reboot — and it played to a major portion of an audience Hollywood largely ignores through its own bias.