Nearly a month after Warner Bros. announced that Wonder Woman 2, the sequel to their summer blockbuster, was set for a Dec. 13, 2019 release date with Gal Gadot returning as the Amazon princess, there still hadn’t been any confirmation whether Patty Jenkins would be directing that sequel. It would make sense, since much of the success of Wonder Woman could be attributed to Jenkins, but clearly, the filmmaker is going to make sure she gets the best deal possible to return.
Word is now circulating that Jenkins is in final negotiations to get a record payday for a female director and that her payday would be on par with what a male director would be paid to direct the sequel to a global blockbuster. By comparison, Zack Snyder was reportedly paid $10 million for 2013’s Man of Steel.
Since opening in June, Wonder Woman has grossed more than $400 million in North America alone and an equal amount overseas, making it the biggest blockbuster of the summer, at least domestically. It has also surpassed the domestic gross of many of Warner Bros’ previous movies based on DC Comics properties. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel grossed $291 million in 2013, and its sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice grossed $330 million last year. David Ayer’s Suicide Squad ended up grossing $325 million opening last August. Only Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and its sequel have grossed more than Wonder Woman.
This deal would be a huge coup for Jenkins, whose 2003 directorial debut, Monster, earned star Charlize Theron an Oscar for her performance. Wonder Woman would only be her second movie as a director after directing a few episodes of HBO’s Entourage and The Killing. The fact that Jenkins could create such a well-received and popular take on the character created by William Marston, after so many failed attempts and naysaying about a Wonder Woman movie being able to succeed, has made her a role model for other women filmmakers and women in general.
There’s still no word on who might be writing this sequel or whether Zack or Deborah Snyder would be involved. Zack Snyder received a story credit on Wonder Woman, which was written by Allan Heinberg, while his wife Deborah produced the movie. They were also involved with casting Gal Gadot in the role of Wonder Woman for last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Not to take anything away from Jenkins, but one would think Warner Bros. might want to keep as much of the original team together as possible, although the Snyders recently stepped away from finishing Justice League to deal with personal family matters.
This story was originally reported on by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor