This morning in an exclusive, Variety announced that Patty Jenkins closed a deal to direct Wonder Woman 2. Jenkins is also working on a script for the yet untitled sequel.
Wonder Women Everywhere
We reported last month that Wonder Woman 2 will release on December 13th, 2019. As expected, Gal Gadot signed on to . She also plays the character in the upcoming Justice League film.
Patty Jenkins got about the same amount of press as Gadot, as the first female director of an American superhero movie. Variety reports her contract for Wonder Woman 2 also makes her the highest-paid female director of all time. “While an exact number could not be unveiled, sources say the number is in the $8 million dollar range to write, direct and produce…A substantial backend of box office grosses is also included in the contract.”
According to Forbes, this contract also marks one of, if not THE first time, a female director stays with a franchise after its launch. “Save for the Bridget Jones series, where all three films were directed by women and Sharon Maguire directed the first and third pictures, I can’t think of a single example of a franchise where a female filmmaker got to helm the first film and one of the sequels.” Fans and critics alike praised Jenkins and Gadot for their work on Wonder Woman.
Where In Time is Diana Prince
While no story details are confirmed, Jenkins has discussed setting Wonder Woman 2 in the Cold War era. Rumors have also surfaced that Steve Trevor who (spoiler alert) dies in the first film, will make a return. However, fans have already pushed back against the possible resurrection. Jenkins won’t say more about how Trevor may or may not reappear.
Bringing Diana forward in time makes sense, as Diana’s story so far has been framed by scenes in the present. If you can’t wait until 2019 for more Wonder Woman, perhaps Justice League will hold you over. Here’s hoping it has some clues for Wonder Woman 2.
Based on DC comics, Wonder Woman 2 released December 13th, 2019. The film is produced by DC and Warner Bros. Studios.