I wanted to save this for last not because it’s the least important, but because it is instead the most important thing a sequel could possibly do. Yes, even more important than Chris Pine.
Wonder Woman has made some great strides solely by being a superhero film that is about a woman. However, that doesn’t mean that things couldn’t be improved for the sequel. That’s something yours truly has spent some time thinking about after seeing some criticism on Twitter.
However, this piece by Valerie Complex and Robert Jones, Jr. explains it far better than I ever could. The two of them have a lot of excellent points (and I agree that the relationships among the Amazons need more emphasis in a sequel), but one that sticks out is though Themyscira had women of color among the Amazons, they didn’t really have a chance to speak or have complex roles; Jones uses the word “dimensional”. That would be a welcome change in a sequel. Diana has complexity. Her fellow Amazons should have the same.
(They also suggest calling in someone like Ava DuVernay to help with the script instead of Zack Snyder, and I am pretty sure the Internet would proceed to explode in all of the best ways possible. Please, universe. Make this happen. Of course, she’s quite busy working on movies like A Wrinkle in Time and that film with Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna … but we can dream, right?)
More women — and women of color both in front of and behind the camera, as Complex and Jones also note that production also seems male-heavy — would only make Wonder Woman 2 better. These can and should be movies for all women to enjoy.
(And, by the way, they also want more Themyscira and even call Connie Nielsen “wasted.” See, DC? There’s a demand.)
Wonder Woman is in theaters now.