It basically seemed like a foregone conclusion, and now it’s official: Patty Jenkins will be back to direct Wonder Woman 2. Oh, and this time around? She’ll be making a whole lot more money for her trouble.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins will co-write, direct and producer DC’s Wonder Woman sequel. It apparently took so long for an official announcement because the negotiation process was “challenging,” though Warner Bros. knew it needed to keep Jenkins in the fold, so they finally landed on a deal to pay her $7-9 million, plus a portion of the backend profits, assuming the film makes a ton of cash. For the sake of comparison, Jenkins was paid $1 million for her work on the first Wonder Woman. The deal easily makes her one of the highest-paid female director in history, and puts her on the level with talent like Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon.
The first Wonder Woman film has banked $800 million at the global box office, so if Wonder Woman 2 even remotely performs that well (and is reviewed that well, to boot), she’ll prove well worth it. By locking Jenkins in to write and produce, as well, it seems she’ll continue to have a good bit of creative control over the character’s direction. Considering Wonder Woman is pretty much the only bright spot in the DCEU, that’s a very good thing.
Wonder Woman 2 is set to open Dec. 13, 2019.
Are you glad Jenkins will be back, and is getting a significant pay bump in the process?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)