Director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 2 return is an all-but-done deal.
Deadline reports the director is in “final negotiations” to take the helm of the Wonder Woman sequel. Their report indicates she will also earn a fee equal to that of any male director who earned the studio the acclaim and money Jenkins brought to the first Wonder Woman.
And yeah, that is a big deal.
Though Deadline could not be specific on her expected fee — no one ever wants to discuss their salary despite it being an effective way for people to bargain for raises — but noted Zack Snyder received “$10M against 10% cash break even” for Man of Steel, which they consider to be a return DC engagement after Watchmen. They also point out the disbursement of that sort of money typical occurs in the following schedule: “20% during pre-production, 60% during production, 10% during post and 10% following.” Also one imagines there are other backend or ancillary profit participation schemes worked out on a case by case basis. Deadline’s source said those specifics should be ironed out soon.
Of course, it’s not surprising that Jenkins would return for the sequel. Her work on Wonder Woman was key to its success in breaking the established tone of the so-called DC Extended Universe and changing the accepted narrative of Warner Bros. Pictures’ questionable management in regards to the DC superheroes.
Some may also recall Jenkins was not the studios’ first choice for the film. Breaking Bad executive producer and Game of Thrones veteran Michelle MacLaren was initially hired to helm the film, but parted with Warner Bros. over “creative differences.” Jenkins soon stepped in. When she was hired, some noted her contract was for one film, indicating a lack of confidence in Wonder Woman as a concept. But those worries have finally been laid to rest. I guess the fact Wonder Woman is one of a handful of comics to be published continuously for some 75 years was an easily dismissed metric. Also, the failure to secure Jenkins for more than one film put her into a position to negotiate for a fee commensurate with what she deserves.
The director has mentioned some potential storylines for the sequel, including Diana’s first trip to the United States. In July, DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns mentioned they were already working on a treatment.
Wonder Woman 2 comes to theaters on December 13th, 2019.