In news that doesn’t surprise anyone, Patty Jenkins has officially signed on to direct Wonder Woman 2, Variety reports.
Earlier this year saw the release of the long-awaited Wonder Woman. Despite facing a lot of pressure following the release of Suicide Squad, which disappointed critics and viewers alike, Wonder Woman managed to exceed a lot of expectations.
Not only was the film incredibly well received, but it also had a long tail in theaters. As of this writing, it can still be found in theaters (despite already being out on digital), and is still even at the top 15 of the box office for last weekend. It’s gone on to be the highest domestic grossing superhero origin of all time, and has even outgrossed all other DCEU films on the domestic front.
With all this success hitting Wonder Woman, it seemed only a matter of time before director Patty Jenkins would return to the fold for Wonder Woman 2. Not long after the release of the film, it was confirmed that she and DC overlord Geoff Johns were working on a treatment for Wonder Woman 2, but the actual news of her signing on to direct was still up in the air.
As per their usual arrangement, when signing Jenkins on for Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. did not lock down a multi-film deal, just in case the film ended up unsuccessful. However, in not doing so, they also put Jenkins in quite the powerful position to haggle.
As a result, according to one of THR’s sources, getting the deal to this point was “challenging.” While negotiations for her return began after the first weekend, they kept getting dragged on when it became clear that the film had a ridiculous amount of staying power in theaters.
It sounds like Jenkins will deservedly be making a boatload of money for Wonder Woman 2, with the figure reportedly ranging from $7-$9 million, in addition to “a considerable” backend deal. This is a significant step up from her $1 million paycheck for the first film, though reportedly not what she was hoping for, which was something more in line with what Zack Snyder made for Man of Steel.
Regardless, it’s a great step up, and it’s boost that was very much deserved.
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Wonder Woman 2 is slated to hit theaters on December 13, 2019.