Wonder Woman has become one of the biggest superhero movies in history, earning $410 million in the US and another $405 million abroad. Its star, Gal Gadot, inspired major fan meltdowns at Comic-Con. And yet Warner Bros. waited months before figuring out who would direct the sequel. Now they’ve finally cut a deal with Patty Jenkins, who wrote and directed the first film. Jenkins will be getting $8 million, a bit of a raise from the $1 million she got last time.
This has been a roller coaster ride for Jenkins, who rocketed from the beloved indie director of Monster to one of Hollywood’s most sought-after blockbuster makers. She’s even aroused the ire (or perhaps envy?) of director James Cameron (Terminator, Avatar), who scolded her publicly for creating “an objectified icon” out of the hero from Themyscira. He said Wonder Woman is “just male Hollywood doing the same old thing… it’s a step backwards.” Jenkins seemed a little mystified at being called “male Hollywood.” She replied on Twitter that “there is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman” and that women can judge for themselves what kind icons they prefer.
Obviously Warner Bros. wants Jenkins to keep doing whatever it was that brought in almost a billion dollars. Variety reports that she’s already working on a script with DC film universe head Geoff Johns. Her contract reportedly involved her writing, directing, and producing the sequel, as well as “a substantial backend of box office grosses.” Godot is returning to star, and the movie is slated for release December 13, 2019.