Wonder Woman was the biggest hit of the summer no one saw coming. It was expected to perform well, but not in the manner that it did. Even the most ambitious of expectations couldn’t have predicted this, but quality trumps everything. The person most responsible for this was director Patty Jenkins, and Warner Bros. is paying up big time to bring her back for the sequel.
Warner Bros. is in the midst of negotiations with Jenkins to bring her back for Wonder Woman 2. The negotiations are taking place because the studio only signed Jenkins for a one-picture-deal, and the movie ended up being a massive blockbuster. Now it needs to show Jenkins the money.
According to Deadline, the studio offered Jenkins an offer but she held out for more, and rightly so. The studio underestimated Wonder Woman and it massively overperformed. Now Jenkins has all the leverage because the studio can ill-afford to have her walk away from the female-led franchise.
Most first-time comic book movie directors earn somewhere between $1.5 and $3 million with their first movie. Zach Snyder, on the other hand, earned a reported $10 million for Man of Steel. Patty Jenkins rightly so deserves to be in the same category given Wonder Woman’s warm critical reception and huge box office haul.
Once Warner Bros. and Patty Jenkins ink a deal, the studio will get its hot-shot director back and she will get a salary increase that will not only impact her, but also future female directors who enter in future negotiations with studios.
Wonder Woman 2 will see the return of stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine with the main storyline taking place in the 1980’s.