This has been a great year for superhero movies and we have a lot to look forward to with the genre in the future, too. Here’s the latest on some of the most anticipated titles of the next couple years:
Patty Jenkins talks Wonder Woman 2:
One of the best of this year, Wonder Woman, has a sequel due in 2019, and while specific details remain slim for the follow-up, returning director Patty Jenkins shared some new information about the movie on Variety‘s Playback podcast (via Collider). Here’s what she said about the thematic structure of Wonder Woman 2:
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. Because that’s a formula that I really like, and I like the idea of taking somebody on a very solid, great journey but that arrives at a bigger question being answered. So it’s like that but because she is Wonder Woman and she’s here now and she’s fully developed, it’s got great fun from the start and great big superhero presence from the start, and is funny and a great love story again and a couple new unbelievable characters who I’m so excited about, who are very different than were in the last movie.
Love story? Does Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) really need a romance? Jenkins explained:
I did very much thematically want to get to love [in Wonder Woman], because that’s what she stands for, and the complexity of what we’re facing. That was the thing, is like the journey of a character through our world who believes in good and evil—as we all do—facing a world ultimately that ends up showing you how unbelievably complicated it is to tackle that or conquer that in any black and white terms. And therefore how much love that requires to stay struggling to make this world a better place versus choosing hate and joining the fight that perpetuates it.
Will Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) be back? Probably not, but we also don’t know when the sequel will be set. Jenkins says it will similarly be a singular story, so not too connected to the greater DC franchise.
I feel like it’s just the right amount the same world of Wonder Woman as the first movie while being a completely different story that tackles something very different but very similarly singular. One story.
Hey, it worked for the first movie, which is one of the best reviewed and highest-grossing releases of 2017. Wonder Woman 2 arrives, hopefully with just as much success, on November 1, 2019.
Hellboy is also due in 2019:
Arriving the same year as Wonder Woman 2, albeit much, much earlier, is the Hellboy reboot starring Stranger Things‘ David Harbour as the titular comic book hero. According to /Film, Lionsgate Summit Entertainment announced that the movie, which will be helmed by Neil Marshall (The Descent), is coming out January 11, 2019. Check out our post from September for everything else we know about Hellboy plus a look at Harbour in the role.
Avengers: Infinity War is already a record breaker:
How many times did you watch the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War that dropped this week? Everyone seems to have checked it out multiple times, as the spot set a new record for most views in 24 hours: 230 million. Infinity War broke the number (197 million) previously set by It earlier this year. While the first-day figure is all that counts for this record, we can bet it’ll continue to be one of the most watched of all time in the months leading up to its May 4, 2018 release date. See it again right now below.
Avengers stars support each other’s movies:
Speaking of the Avengers movies, two of the stars of the franchise, Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner, are reunited in the new non-superhero movie Wind River. This week, it was shown at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta (where Avengers 4 is currently shooting), and to prove the MCU cast members are one big happy family, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans joined Olsen and Renner to introduce the screening and for a Q&A afterward. Watch the whole event (minus the movie) via Facebook Live below.
Hugh Jackman and Willem Dafoe discuss the evolution of superhero movies:
Hugh Jackman and Willem Dafoe are both actors with significant awards buzz this year (for The Greatest Showman and The Florida Project, respectively), and they’re also both actors who were part of superhero movie franchises at the start of the modern era of the genre — Jackman continued his role as Wolverine in the X-Men series from 2000 through this year’s release of Logan, while Dafoe was the villain Green Goblin in the Sam Raimi-helmed Spider-Man trilogy of 2002-2007 and will next be seen in DC’s Aquaman (due December 21, 2018).
The two recently sat down together for a chat for Variety’s Actors on Actors series and discussed how the movies have evolved since those early years. Watch their discussion below and see their full conversation here.