Although many have been expecting that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins would return at the helm of a follow-up, it’s taken quite a bit of time to make it official.
Well, consider it locked in. Jenkins has reportedly signed a deal to direct, co-write and produce Wonder Woman 2, which has been scheduled for U.S. release on December 13, 2019.
According to THR, Jenkins and Warner Bros. have been undergoing “an unusually lengthy and tough negotiation” with this contract. The outlet reports that Jenkins will not only earn somewhere in the vicinity of $US7 million and $US9 million in writing and directing fees, but will have a backend deal that will see her rake in a larger amount depending on how well the film performs. Jenkins, in turn, is helming smash that glass ceiling; this deal now makes her the highest-paid female director in filmmaking history.
And she has certainly earned the right to negotiate her terms. From a production budget of $US139 million, Wonder Woman has thus far earned an impressive $US816.3 million worldwide and is the fifth-highest grossing superhero film of all time in the US.
Jenkins, whose only feature to her name prior to the DCEU was 2003’s Charlize Theron-starring Monster, was brought on to direct Wonder Woman after Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones helmer Michelle McLaren walked away over the dreaded “creative differences”. Jenkins was reportedly paid $US1 million for Wonder Woman, although THR reports that she was looking to get paid something more in line with the $US10 million Zack Snyder earned for Man of Steel.