While this whole process seemed to take far longer than it should have, Warner Bros. has finally come to terms on a deal to bring Patty Jenkins back for the Wonder Woman sequel. Under Jenkins’ direction, Wonder Woman became the DC Extended Universe’s first critical hit and one of this year’s top earners raking in an impressive $410 million domestically and nearly another $406 million from international markets on a production budget of $149 million.
The exact numbers of the deal between the studio and Jenkins aren’t known but Variety is reporting that it is in the $8 million dollar range – along with a nice slice of the back end earnings of the film. The deal is well deserved given the fact that she delivered both a critical and box office hit with Wonder Woman, especially when DC and Warner Bros. really needed a win with the fans. Really though, it would have been more shocking had Warner Bros. not done everything in their power to bring Jenkins back for the sequel. Jenkins clearly has a superb understanding of how the character should be handled on screen which is why Wonder Woman was truly one of the better films of the year.
In addition to directing the film, Jenkins will also be writing the script and producing. It was previously reported that Jenkins had already begun working with Geoff Johns on ideas for the sequel despite the lack of a deal being in place at the time. Johns, along with Jon Berg oversees everything in the DC film universe, kind of like how Kevin Feige has shepherded the MCU. No doubt that Johns and Jenkins will aim to capture the same ethos that helped make Wonder Woman such a hit.
The film is still a couple of years out as it is currently not slated to hit theaters until December 13, 2019. Gal Gadot was already signed on to reprise her role as the iconic Amazon in the sequel, and we can catch her next in Justice League on November 17, 2017.
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