Despite the runaway success of “Wonder Woman” and the confirmation in July that the sequel is due in theaters December 13, 2019, the director behind that success hasn’t yet been announced to return. That will soon change, as Patty Jenkins is in final talks to direct “Wonder Woman 2,” TheWrap has learned.
The specific terms of her return to the franchise she led to a $797.8 million worldwide box office haul are not known. But it is said to be large whatever the final numbers end up being, on par with other directors who have delivered the kind of success Jenkins brought to Warner Bros.
Wonder Woman was extremely well received by audiences and critics and is considered a righting-of-the-ship for the DC Extended Universe after the mixed receptions the previous entires “Batman V Superman” and “Suicide Squad” received. Though both films saw very successful box office, they were criticized for excessively grim tone (in the case of BvS) and an incoherent plot (in the case of Suicide Squad). In fact, reaction to Batman v. Superman so affected Warner Bros. that it initiated a reorganization of the DC films division in May, 2016.
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“Wonder Woman” is the first film produced largely after that reorganization was completed, and DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns later told TheWrap that the film is serving as something of a tonal re-direction for DC films overall.
Jenkins is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, and attorney Alan Wertheimer at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.
Deadline first reported on the negotiations between Jenkins and WB.