As mixed as the summer 2017 movie season was, Wonder Woman soared above the competition. Earning near critical acclaim audiences and making over $815 million worldwide, Diana of Themyscira's origin story, was a crowning achievement for both the DC Extended Universe and the superhero movie genre overall. More than a month after the movie's release, DC and Warner Bros confirmed that the Amazon heroine will return for Wonder Woman 2 in a few years, and now it's been confirmed that Patty Jenkins will be back to direct the sequel, and she'll receive a paycheck in the upper-seven figure range for her work.
Although Patty Jenkins has expressed interest for months in helming Wonder Woman 2, her involvement on the sequel hadn't been a sure thing yet. Now according to THR, Jenkins has closed a deal to direct, co-write and produce Diana's next solo adventure. But this time around, her directing and writing fees will add up to somewhere in the $7 million to $9 million range (and have a "considerable backend"), whereas on Wonder Woman, she was paid $1 million. Gal Gadot is already signed on to reprise the DC heroine, so the sequel already has guaranteed that two of the key elements that made the first movie so appealing will be back to work their magic.
It was reported a few weeks back that Patty Jenkins was close to signing a "historic deal" to return for Wonder Woman 2, one that would make her the highest-paid female director in Hollywood. Now that she'll be earning close to $10 million for the sequel, she's officially earned that honor, surpassing Something's Gotta Give director Nancy Meyers, who, as noted in THR's article, earned approximately $5 million "at her peak." It was reportedly "challenging" getting to this point for Jenkins, with negotiations beginning after Wonder Woman's $103 million+ opening weekend and dragging as the movie continued to commercially exceed expectations across the globe. But those who'd been been wanting Jenkins to sit back in the director's chair, you can breathe easy now, as she's officially signed on the dotted line. Writing-wise, Jenkins has been working on Wonder Woman 2's story with DC Comics president, Geoff Johns.
Although Warner Bros and DC Comics have kept quiet about what Wonder Woman 2 will be about, it's been reported that the sequel will take place in the 1980s; approximately 80 years after Diana first set foot on man's world, and approximately 30 years before she helped Batman and Superman fight Doomsday. That same report said that the sequel will see Diana battling Soviet Union forces as the Cold War is on its last legs, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the heroine will be swinging her Lasso of Truth in Russia, as Jenkins said back in June that the story will take place in the United States.
Wonder Woman 2 will be released in theaters on December 13, 2019. But you won't have to wait much longer to see the heroine back on the big screen, as she'll return on November 17 for Justice League.
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