Patty Jenkins will be back to slay.
According to Variety, Patty Jenkins has closed a deal to direct the sequel to Wonder Woman, which will hit theaters December 13, 2019.
Despite the somewhat surprising delay in the confirmation of Jenkins’ return, there was little to no doubt she was going to come back. Two weeks after the release of Wonder Woman, Jenkins told Variety she already was working on the script for the sequel with Geoff Johns and John Berg, the overseers of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).
But what’s funny is how this comes on the heels of last week’s announcement of Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow parting ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Trevorrow’s departure prompted bogus rumors suggesting that Jenkins might walk away from the Wonder Woman sequel to direct a Star Wars movie since she didn’t have a deal in place yet.
Look, there was no way Warner Brothers was going to let Jenkins walk away after giving the studio the biggest movie of the summer, especially since it also put their comic book movie universe on the right track, and gave the studio a superhero to focus on that’s not named Batman or Superman.
As is the case with any big-hit movies that prompt sequels, studios have to negotiate with filmmakers on new deals, with numerous details in the fine print, that include bigger paydays and more amenities. And guess what those deals take up? Time.
As mentioned in the same Variety article, Jenkins will become the highest-paid female director of all time with Wonder Woman 2, where she also will write and produce the lasso-wielding heroine as well.
As someone who loved Wonder Woman, of course I think this is a great move and I couldn’t be happier for Jenkins. With Wonder Woman, she delivered the most triumphant, crowd-pleasing superhero movie since The Avengers.
I have no doubt that Patty Jenkins will deliver another great Wonder Woman movie, though I wish we had it now given the depressing state of current events. The world could use it.