Recently it has been confirmed that Warner Bros. live adaptation of the DC heroine, Wonder Woman, is the most successful superhero movie of 2017, if not ever. So hot was this movie it was no doubt that a deal to make the sequel was in the works, but something that had plenty of fans concerned was whether or not director Patty Jenkins would return as it was believed it was her vision in helming the movie that helped to make it the big hit that it is.
Well fans can worry no more because, after lengthy discussions and negotiations, it has been confirmed that Jenkins is returning to direct the sequel to Wonder Woman with an eye for a December 13, 2019 release date. It’s also being reported by Variety that Jenkins is working on the script with Creative Control boss Geoff Johns, and it’s rumored that she could be making as much as $8 million to write, direct, and even produce this film, making her the highest paid female director of all time, which is no doubt exciting and inspiring for other female directors making this not quite the “men only” game in town.
The sequel was given the green light almost immediately after Wonder Woman was deemed a box office success, and there has even been some teasing that the upcoming sequel could take place during a Cold War of the 1980s. Whatever the story may, or may not be, there had been some great question about why Jenkins would not return to this franchise, especially if she were lending a hand in the writing of it. However, given the lukewarm receptions that the recent slate of DC Superhero movies have received, it really is no surprise that Warner Bros. would go with the “sure thing” by wanting to keep Jenkins around and insure a continuing box office boom for the studio whose Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were both considered critical and audience disappointments.
With the big payday that Jenkins is expected to receive for her work with the sequel (which reportedly includes a nice backend cut of the gross), other directors like Ava DuVernay will be given additional fuel to the fight to hire more female directors and crew members, and that this may help fight off the pay inequity fight that female directors have had to deal with. Basically, Patty Jenkins has become THEIR own Wonder Woman!
Are you happy to see Patty Jenkins return to direct the next film in the Wonder Woman saga? What do you feel about her expected payday for the film? Is this good news for female directors?
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