Seizing on some of the worst U.S.-Russian relations in years, Hollywood plans to resuscitate the cold-war for the sequel to the controversial and extremely profitable “Wonder Woman,” facing the character off against an antagonistically portrayed Soviet Union, The Wrap reported.
Like the first “Wonder Woman,” which took place in the battlefields of the first World War, the second installment is set to be a period piece, except this time depicting the world of espionage, ideological tension, anti-communism, and proxy conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1980's.
Other details, such as which other classic Wonder Woman characters will make appearances, as well as specifics of the setting, plot and conflict, have yet to be revealed.
However, for speculating fans, 1980's historical cold-war conflicts could provide numerous landscapes in which to imagine their protagonist. The U.S. spent the decade trying to wrest and maintain influence in various regions where they feared loss to the Soviet Union, such as in resource-rich Afghanistan where U.S-backed Mujahideen groups were funded to counter a perceived Soviet threat.
The decision could be an attempt to surf the most recent wave of U.S.-Russia tensions. Similar to several decades ago at the height of the cold-war, theories and fears of Russian espionage dominate the headlines of many major papers in the United States.
The first film has been wildly successful in the United States, earning a whopping $368.7 million domestically so far.
In addition to its sizeable profits, the latest Hollywood hero flick also garnered a heaping dose of criticism, being the recipient of worldwide anger over it's star actress' open support for Palestine's occupation and her history serving in Israel's Defense Forces. Lebanon and Jordan both threatened to ban the film.
Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman in the latest film, served in the Israeli army for two years. In 2014 the actress expressed her support for Israel's military assault on Gaza on her facebook account, saying she was sending prayers to Israeli soldiers “risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas.”
The attack left over 2,200 Palestinians in the occupied Gaza strip dead.