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Now the 'Wonder Woman' Sequel Won't Release Until 2020 and I'm Hurt

Wonder Woman dominated the 2017 summer box office, and fans of the superhero are already giddy over the forthcoming sequel. Here’s everything we know about it so far:

What’s it called and when’s it coming out?

Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to Wonder Woman, will premiere on June 5, 2020, star Gal Gadot announced on Twitter and Instagram. This is the latest change to the long-awaited film’s release date. It was first set for December 13, 2019, then switched to November 1, 2019. Now, it’s been pushed back seven months, making it a possible summer blockbuster for 2020.

“We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer, so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did,” Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, Jeff Goldstein, explained to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!! ✨🙅‍♀️✨

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Is Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins involved?

Yes! Jenkins—who became the highest-grossing female director of a live-action film with Wonder Woman—signed a deal to direct Wonder Woman II in September 2017.

What’s it about?

Jenkins knows exactly where she wants to take Diana next. “The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.” A THR profile of Jenkins hints that, while Wonder Woman took place during World War I, Wonder Woman 2 will be “contemporary-set,” though Jenkins told Uproxx “the plan” is to stay in the past. “I’d like to bring her a little farther along into the future and have a fun, exciting storyline that is its own thing,” she told the Toronto Sun. MTV points to two obvious settings: the 1940s/World War II, because William Moulton Marston created the character of Wonder Woman in 1941; or the ’70s, in honor of the Lynda Carter-starring TV series. The new title seems to coincide with the first theory, even though Screen Rant floated rumors in July that the film could be set in the 1980s, with Diana battling the Soviet Union. The possibilities are endless.

Who’s the new villain?

Kristen Wiig will play Cheetah, Jenkins confirmed on March 9 on Twitter.

Cheetah (real name: Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva) is an archeologist and heiress who’s acquired super-feline powers and goes by the name of Cheetah, THR reports.

Who else is joining the cast?

Pedro Pascal, of Game of Thrones and Narcos fame, has been cast in a “key role,” according to Variety. No further information is available about his character, though the publication reports, “finding this pivotal role became a top priority” after the film’s release date was pushed forward. Let the theorizing begin.

Steve Trevor is definitely dead, right?

Unclear. Even though Wonder Woman implied he died heroically at the end of the film, that same Screen Rant report states he will return—somehow—in the midst of the Cold War. Whether or not WWII can pull that off remains to be seen.

When does filming begin?

Summer 2018. Chris Roven, producer for DC Extended Universe projects told in February that the team is currently working on the screenplay. “We’re hoping to start shooting the movie sometime this summer, and hope to have it out by the end of ’19,” he said.

There are rumors that the filming will take place at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, England, but they remain unconfirmed.

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