Despite the increasingly negative reviews of Wonder Woman 1984 — the film opened with an 89% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes but has since dropped down to 62% — Warner Bros. announced over the weekend that they were fast-tracking the development of Wonder Woman 3, which will see Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins return as star and director, respectively.
In a recent interview with IndieWire, Jenkins teased the eventual third film — which we likely won’t see for a few years give Jenkins’ commitments to Star Wars: Rogue Squadron and her Gal Gadot-starring Cleopatra film — and revealed that not only will it be a “contemporary” story set in the modern DCEU timeline, but that there’s the potential for Kristen Wiig’s Barbara Minerva, a.k.a. Cheetah, to return.
“I have my reasons for making it ambiguous, and I think it’s not clear what her point of view [is] on everything that just happened,” Jenkins said. “I love that we wrap up Max Lord’s point of view, and that you see the culmination of that storyline, I think is so important. But the truth is there may or may not be more to come [for Barbara].”
“I’m not planning to put it in the past again, because where are you going to go?” Jenkins said. “You have to go forward. It’s definitely a contemporary story. That’s all I can say. Where we put it and how that gets figured out, I haven’t totally nailed down.”
The decision to leave the door open for Cheetah’s return is an obvious one, as the character is arguably Wonder Woman’s most famed villain.
Wonder Woman 1984 is currently streaming on HBO Max.