Warner Brothers have announced that Patty Jenkins will direct Wonder Woman 2. After the huge financial and critical success of the first movie, it is no surprise that the production company sought Jenkins out to head the sequel.
Wonder Woman grossed over $800 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful films of the year. It also garnered the praise of critics and fans alike, and currently sits at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Jenkins accomplished what all other Warner Brothers/DC filmmakers have failed to do, she managed to make a DC film that actually rivals the success of their Marvel competitors. Unlike Zack Snyder, who still sits as the DC cinematic universe’s most prominent director, Jenkins finally gave DC legitimacy as a film franchise. Snyder, meanwhile, seems intent on dashing their hopes, with his Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice bogging the franchise down in grimdark overindulgence and intellectually shallow philosophical interpretations of the source material.
Her success is really quite incredible; who would have thought that the first film adaptation of a female superhero, long thought by Hollywood to be a hopeless endeavour after flops like Catwoman and Supergirl, would be more well regarded than Batman vs Superman, which features two popular superheroes meeting for the first time on the big screen?
It has been speculated for some time that Warner Brothers would try to get Jenkins to do the sequel, with contract negotiations allegedly slowing the confirmation of the deal. It is rumoured that Jenkins will be paid between $7 million and $9 million. If true, this would make her the highest paid female director in the industry and may pave the way for more female directors to be given large projects like Wonder Woman.
So what could this all mean for the franchise? With Wonder Woman’s success and Harley Quinn’s being held as the only positive thing to come out of the Suicide Squad mess, perhaps DC will see the profitability of female superhero films. It would give them a different competitive edge on Marvel, who have so far only made solo movies about male superheroes. Indeed, this seems very possible, given the upcoming release of Wonder Woman 2 and Gotham City Sirens, which focuses on female members of Batman’s rogues gallery.
All of this sounds like good news to me: the possibility of more actually decent DC films, more successful female directors and lead characters in Hollywood, and less and less Zack Snyder.