Wonder Woman has easily been the summer's biggest hit. Grossing more than $403 million domestically, and close to $800 million worldwide, the DC blockbuster has broken multiple records and gone on to win great acclaim. The movie, which has been credited for breaking the glass ceiling, has not only transformed the landscape for a female led movie, but has also revamped DC's image. After the critical panning of both Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, #DC desperately needed a win, and #WonderWoman was that and then some. The film — which has generated Oscar buzz since its release — has been embraced by fans and critics alike, who have praised director Patty Jenkins' vision for the Amazonian Princess.
Back in June, DC COO Geoff Johns spoke to Variety about working with Patty to direct the sequel to Wonder Woman, saying:
“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now. The goal is to make another great Wonder Woman film. I had a blast making it with Patty the first time. We’ve got a cool idea for the second one.”
How Jenkins Is Making History
Now, Deadline has reported that Jenkins is in final negotiations with DC Comics to land a historic deal to direct the film's sequel. Reportedly, #PattyJenkins is close to landing a deal that would give her equal pay as any man who directed a similarly successful blockbuster. Wonder Woman has done phenomenal box office business (it has overtaken Frozen at the domestic box office and is close to surpassing Sam Raimi's Spider-man at the international box office), earning accolades from the unlikeliest of fans, and has been seen by many as a symbol for change much needed in Hollywood. And Patty Jenkins' demand for equal pay certainly fits the bill.
Patty Jenkins' vision not only steered #DCEU away from the nightmare that was the Snyder-verse, it also helped the comic book company establish itself as a force to be reckoned with. Unlike the grim and dour films that Snyder produced for DC, Patty's Wonder Woman was vibrant, funny, and never low on action. Under her watch, the #GalGadot led film became the best opening for a female director ever, the highest grossing film at the domestic and international box office directed by a woman. It had the lowest drop of a superhero film at the box office since Blade in 1998. It also became Warner Bros.' third biggest domestic hit (behind the Dark Knight series) and is close behind #MCU's Captain America: Civil War in terms of its total domestic earnings; an astronomically impressive feat for a superhero origin story.
Why Patty Jenkins Is So Important
It's a sure bet that DC will do whatever it takes to keep Jenkins with them. Patty's Wonder Woman has become somewhat of a feminist icon, with The Guardian calling it 'A Masterpiece of Subversive Feminism'. In fact, Wonder Woman has become so synonymous for feminism everywhere that by not liking it you are admittedly evil.
This is a big change for a comic book company that was the brunt of many jokes just last year. Patty's success story has also (apart from restoring faith in DC) fueled other directors to green light their own female led blockbusters. The film (which was the first of its kind) told the story of a female superhero through the gaze of its female protagonist that greatly resonated with fans, and avoided all the pitfalls that had befallen DC and Marvel's previous films about female heroes. Jenkins' refreshing and honest take on a superhero origin story is exactly what DC needs while building its own universe, and having Jenkins around as the architect of said universe can really help DC bring out their best side. Scott Mendelson at Forbes has even gone on to predict that because of Wonder Woman's ground breaking success, DCEU's future is now pretty secure.
Patty's excellence as a director has even led Warner Bros. to start an unprecedented Oscar Campaign for the female superheroine, with hopes of scoring the first ever Best Picture nomination for a superhero film. Even a Best Director Oscar nomination for Jenkins is very likely. At a time when more and more actresses are speaking out about equal pay, Jenkins' demand for is not only feasible but fully earned given how invaluable she has proved for DC.
If DC does finalize this deal, it will prove just how far the comic book company is willing to work with women. After all, as of today DCEU still has twice the amount of projects involving women compared to the long established #MCU, which is something that has certainly garnered them a good rep.
The highly anticipated Wonder Woman 2 is set to release Dec 13, 2019.
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