The fourth installment of the franchise, Wonder Woman became the DCEU’s first bona fide critical and commercial smash hit. Earning over $400 million at the domestic box office, it stands as the franchise’s highest-performing film to date.
Touted as one of the most powerful movies of 2017, Wonder Woman received ardent praise and acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Helmed as powerful because it is the first quintessential female superhero movie made by a female director. Helmed as powerful because it handsomely broke all DCEU records at the US box office. In hindsight, the film has done remarkably well to prove its presence in a mostly male-dominated genre. Wonder Woman has asserted the fact that a female-led superhero franchise has what it takes to succeed. And that is a staggering achievement indeed.
It has been confirmed that Patty Jenkins will return to direct the sequel Wonder Woman 2. Jenkins, who earlier directed Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning performance in Monster (2003), had to undergo tough negotiations with studio execs to ensure that she was getting paid the same as a male equivalent in her position would. In successfully managing to do so, she has paved the way for other female directors.
Her remuneration for the said project will be around $7 to $9 million (reported to be $8 million) – making her the highest paid female filmmaker ever. Well, after the thunderous success of Wonder Woman, she is definitely most suited to direct the sequel. And for now, she can stand as the proud champion of the Justice League!
Gal Gadot will reprise her role as eponymous superhero. Wonder Woman 2 is slated for a December 2019 release.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped